Fresh & New: February 13-19

This week, we've heard a few cries for help as customers tackle assembling the perfect cheese board to complete their Valentine's Day plans. So I thought it timely to explore the art of crafting an impressive local cheese spread.


First: consider your audience. Are your eaters seasoned cheese lovers? Would a milder selection be welcome to feed kids or picky eaters? Avoiding animal rennet for vegetarians? When it doubt, pick cheeses you like (you'll be eating them too!).


Next step: Talk to our cheesemongers and try some cheese! Our cheery and informed staff is always on hand to take you on a journey through our cheese case. And don't forget'll want to make those flavors come alive with our seasonal fruits, sauces, preserves, crackers, bread, honey, pickles, cured meats - even fresh veggies.


To serve: a thrift store plate will do the trick, but if you've got slates or wood cutting boards, by all means, go. Try kraft paper rolled out on a sheet pan for easy cheese labeling and cleanup.


The best option of all: have the Fair Food Farmstand create custom cheese plates for your event! Just holler at or give us a call to talk details.


In the meantime, here are some of our favorite combos for the perfect local winter cheese plate:


THE FAVORITES -Birchrun Hills Farm's BLUE -Wakefield Dairy's BOUCHE -Cherry Grove Farm's BUTTERCUP BRIE Served withRip Rap Baking's SEA SALT CRACKERS, Food & Ferments DILLY BEANS, Philadelphia Bee Co. NEIGHBORHOOD HONEY Best for: first dates, potlucks, parents.


THE FOODIE -Cherry Grove Farm's CLOTHBOUND JACK -Roundtop Farm's SHEEP CAMEMBERT -Keswick Creamery's BLUE SUEDE MOO Served withTait Farm's SOUR CHERRY JAM or FIG AND HONEY CONSERVE, Philly Bread'sWHITE SOURDOUGH BATARD, Subarashii Kudamono's DRIED ASIAN PEARS. Best for: close friends, foodies, spicy food fiends.


THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE Calkins Creamery's NOBLE ROAD BRIE Yellow Springs Farm's FIELDSTONE Shepherd's Hollow Farm's TOMME DELICIOUS Served withYoung Sprouts SUNFLOWER SHOOTS, Subarashii Kudamono's ASIAN PEAR HONEY, Market Day Canele's FLEUR DE SEL CARAMELS Best for: soul mates, best friends, yourself.


Running low on time? Never fear. A box of adorable, decadent, and delicious John & Kira's HEARTS & BUTTERFLY VALENTINE'S COLLECTION is a one-way ticket to smooch-ville. A bona fide Valentine's Day favorite.


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