We had the pleasure of touring one of the many dairies in Maryland, this farm is located in the Frederick County area. Cherry Glen located just 20 minutes south of the restaurant in Boyds, Maryland is producing farmstead goat cheese from the milk of their 300 head heard. The heard has been a part of Cherry Glen farm since the early seventies. However cheese production is new to the farm and has only been available for the past two years. The couple who farm the land and produce the cheese are Diane Kirsch and Wayne Cullen, long time dairy farmers in the area who are proud of their goats, several on the farm are champion show goats. The heard consists of Toggenberg and Alpine Dairy; both breeds are prized for their high fat content milk great for cheese production.
The milk that Diane and Wayne describe as rich and silky is used to produce several cheeses that we plan to use in the restaurant as part of our composed cheese course and in other applications. The ricotta in particular I want to experiment with in the next few weeks. I am thinking of a few pasta dishes that would be on the second course portion of the ala carte menu. As well this cheese would be great for an interpretation of the classic cheese cake.The Monacacy Crottin is a new addition to their growing list. We had the opportunity to taste this cheese in a few different stages of aging.
The cheese-makers also have been forming the cheese in a few different sizes and shapes. I found that this cheese which was roughly aged 45 days to be a great choice for the classic flavor combination of beets and goat cheese as part of the composed cheese course menu.
Cherry Glen Goat Cheese Co
6120 Barnesville Rd.
Boyds, MD 20841
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