This morning we drove out to Oakvale Farmstead for their holiday open house. We were greeted exuberantly by Greta, a golden lab farm dog. I could tell, it was going to be a delightful morning. Instantly, Cherub was off and running, enticing Greta to follow her around, which she did without hesitation.
I met with Dena King-Nossokoff to talk cheese and learn a bit more about how they make their gouda. The farm is family owned and run. The King family has a herd of about 20 beautiful and happy dairy cows that provide the milk for their very famous Gouda. Farmstead cheese, by definition, is made on the farm with only the milk of the dairy animals that live there.
In their cheese house, you can take a look at the cheese-making room as well as choose from many varieties of cheese including gouda rubbed with Barley’s Russian stout. We took home a chunk of that, as well as some caraway seed gouda that I’ll use for dinner tonight.