February and March. The goat cheese doldrums.
So, many folks have been passing by the shop lately asking for fresh goat cheese. And sadly, I’ve had to say no. I’m not being mean, or just slacking off, I swear! It’s just that right now, all of our lady goat friends are off duty, very pregnant, and waiting for kidding season to get going already. Goats are very seasonal when it comes to milk production, and when the weather turns cold, they take a break from milking. Then during the early spring, they give birth to lots and lots of little kids (in farm work, we’re talking an experience akin to running the New York marathon…) and begin producing milk again. That means that all of us have to wait it out for the new season of fresh goat cheese to come around. This year, because of the freakishly mild weather, the goats were a-milking longer than usual, and we had fresh cheese pretty much all winter long. But that inevitable sad day has come. No more fresh chevre. Sad!
But don’t despair. Fresh chevre should be back in action by the end of the month. And while we wait, there are plenty of delicious aged goat cheeses to savor and ooh and aah over. Try some Twig Farm Goat Tomme, Square Cheese, or some Hillman Harvest and see how yummy aged goat cheese can be.
And not to toot our own horn, but…
Saxelby Cheesemongers been nominated for best cheese shop by Time Out New York! If you could find it in your little hearts to take five minutes and vote at timeoutnewyork.com/eatoutawards we’d be much obliged. If only we’d been nominated for tiniest cheese shop; we’d be a shoo-in!