Spring is in the air, and spring greens are on the plate. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite meals this time of year is a spring green salad topped with a local chevre. With so many great artisan goat cheese producers across the country, you are sure to find one making a lovely chevre near you. Here is a sampling from the Locallectual directory:
Yummy Goat Cheese by Caromont Farm
Caromont Farm, Esmont, VA: I’ve had the pleasure of having cheese from Caramont Farm recently and both Palladio Restaurant and The Local Restaurant… and it did not disappoint! All of Caramont’s cheeses are named for places in and around Esmont, and you’ll find it showcased at restaurants and specialty food stores all over Virginia.
Selection of Goat Cheeses from Redwood Hill Farm
Redwood Hill Farm, Sebastopol, CA: Located in the beautiful Green Valley region of Western Sonoma County, the folks at Redwood Hill have been taking pride in a natural, humane and organic approach to producing artisan goat cheese and other creamery products since 1968. On top of all that, they also take home awards aplenty.
Chevre from Amaltheia Organic Dairy
Amaltheia Organic Dairy, Belgrade, MT: Certified organic, the fresh chevre from Amaltheia regularly gains accolades and awards from the American Cheese Society. The farm itself has won sustainability awards from Ecostar. At this family-run operation nestled at the base of the Bridger Mountains near Bozeman, you’ll find the goats contentedly nibbling grasses and grains.
Fantome Farm Handcrafted Chevre
Fantome Farm, Ridgeway, WI: While Wisconsin is known as “The Dairy State,” a goat dairy may not be the first type to come to mind. However, that shouldn’t stop you from checking out Wisconsin’s artisan goat cheeses, such as the award-winning ones made by Fantome Farm. Each batch of chevre is made on their “ridge in the driftless area of southwestern Wisconsin.” At Fantome, they follow the goats’ natural seasons which means the first batch comes out in late April. Now that is something to look forward to each spring!
We know that loyal locavores are bound to have a favorite chevre producer nearby… don’t see yours in the Locallectual directory? Add it today!