The holidays are upon us! Take arms cheesemongers, take arms! To your posts! Defend your counters!
Oh, wait… no, don’t do that. I must confess, it’s pretty easy for a monger to get caught up in the rush and push of the holiday hustle and bustle and forget that we in fact are at the helm of what makes the holiday experience so special! Nowhere else in specialty food can you find such exciting seasonal varieties than… read more
Rush Creek Reserve by Uplands Farm, Wisconsin
Located in a region of Wisconsin called the Driftless Area, the picturesque Uplands Farm sits amongst 300 acres of rolling Midwestern hills. Their herd consists of nine different breeds of cattle. Larger breeds, like Brown Swiss and Holstein, have been crossed with more specialized breeds like Tarentaise and Jersey, creating the perfect closed herd… read more
Can you believe it’s already October? Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to say goodbye to the summer, but good Lord! Where does the time go? Fall is officially here and the gentler weather is rapidly approaching!! The leaves on the trees have begun to change from green to gold, the southern air is suddenly not quite so humid and the nighttime winds encourage you to bring a sweater when going out for the evening. Much like… read more
Beaufort you pick up that piece of Gruyère or Comté, do read the following post and choose wisely.
September will be a fun-filled month for cheese! There are many, many new cheeses to choose from at the counter, and as autumn and the holidays approach, that selection will only get better and better!
Here are a few we’ll feature for your tasting pleasure in September:
September for many cheesemongers marks the… read more
We cheesemongers notice an enormous lull in the sales of semi-firm and firm cheeses come summertime (doubly so if your counter resides in a College town like ours does). It would appear that most folks don’t want to stuff firm or semi-firm cheeses into their skulls on hot summer days unless, of course, said cheeses are sliced and melted on a burger. While summertime sales of firm and semi-firm decline, the fresh cheeses… read more
With Father’s Day approaching, it seems one could cut the nervous energy in the air with a knife (preferably a cheese knife). Although men contend they’re the more easy-going of the sexes, it is my humble opinion that we men are far pickier than our female counterparts when it comes to receiving gifts from loved ones. I can see it now: frantic, last-minute shopping by Mothers with children in tow, desperately scrambling… read more
Caseificio Quattro Portoni (Four Gates) is a dairy farm located in Cologno al Serio (in the province of Bergamo), Italy. They specialize in fifteen different cheeses made from milk of the domesticated Mediterranean Water Buffalo. Buffalo milk is not only higher in fat, protein and minerals than cows’ milk (making it an ideal candidate for cheese), but the buffalo requires far less land to graze upon to produce… read more
Capriole Farmstead has been a favorite at the Southern Season cheese counter as of late. If you’ve paid us a visit in the last month, then I’m certain by now you’ve tasted at least one of their award winning Greenville, Indiana goat cheeses (Sofia, O’Banon, Juliana, Fromage A’Trois, Mont St. Francis). Judy Schad, her husband and their then three young children moved onto an abandoned… read more
My name is Matt Hart and I’ll be your new Cheesemonger here at Southern Season (if you’ll have me of course). First off, I’d like to apologize for taking so long to introduce myself. I’ve been changing a lot of things at the counter and within the cheese culture (pun intended) here at Southern Season and change, as you all know, takes a great deal of effort, energy, patience and time. Lots… read more
Let me be the first to introduce you to our new Cheese Monger & Cheese Buyer, Matt Hart! He joins our team after four years at Whole Foods Chapel Hill following time at the acclaimed Pasta Shop in San Francisco. Matt brings with him a wealth of knowledge, an incredible palate and a terrific eye, showcasing beautiful displays of grandeur. To top it off he is an avid home-brewer (He gave me a Christmas Ale over the… read more