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 pairings...you'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 email@example.com 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 with: Rip 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 with: Tait 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 with: Young 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.