Brand Spotlight: Nettle Meadow Farm
When you taste a small batch, artisan farmstead cheese, you can instantly taste the difference. One bite brings unique, unparalleled flavors owing to the farm's local terroir. If you're in the search for the best farmstead cheese, look no further than Nettle Meadow Farm!
Besides diving into a world of exquisite flavor, when you take a bite of Nettle Meadow cheese, you can be sure that you are also supporting a wonderful organization. Founded in 1990 and located in Thurman, New York, Nettle Meadow Sanctuary Farm is owned and operated by Lorraine Lambiase and Sheila Flanagan. The farm is home to over 130 sanctuary animals, such as older or differently abled sheep and goats; llamas, horses, donkeys, chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs, cats and bunnies. Lambiase and Flanagan are dedicated to providing a safe haven for any animal in need.
In addition to the thriving animal sanctuary, Nettle Meadow is known for their delicious artisan cheeses. According to their website, "Nettle Meadow is committed to the principles of natural ingredients, happy and healthy animals, and carefully hand-crafted artisan cheeses"! While it is hard to only showcase a few of the many wonderful cheeses that Nettle Meadow products, below are our favorites.
Kunik is Nettle Meadow's most highly awarded cheese. One of it's most recent and prestigious feats is that it was named one of the 20 best cheeses in the world at the 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest! Kunik is a triple cream, soft-ripened cheese made from goat's milk and cow's milk cream. It has a tangy flavor and a luscious, soft texture.
For those who are truffle-obsessed like us, Nettle Meadow also handcrafts Truffle Kunik, which has a fragrant and powerful line of black truffle down the center.
We can guarantee that you've never tasted anything like this! "This triple creme all cow’s milk cheese is one of [Nettle Meadow's] creamiest. The unctuous creme line is complimented by a local apple jack brandy. Floral apple notes bring out the natural grassy flavors of our Jersey cow milk, while the creaminess developed in [the] aging process is picked up by the alcohol in the brandy."
With flavors Roasted Red Pepper, Truffle, Fig & Honey, Apple Cider Syrup, Cranberry Orange, Habanero Peach, Pineapple Cilantro, and Egg Nog...how could anyone resist? Made from a blend of goat and cow's milk, Nettle Meadow Fromage Frais is a smooth and creamy spreadable cheese.
While mass produced cheeses are often tasty, nothing beats the farm fresh flavor of homestead artisan cheeses like Nettle Meadow's. If you haven't tried this brand, you are really missing out! When purchasing one of these amazing cheeses, you also are supporting a goodhearted, women-owned business.