The State of New Amsterdam… and New York Too!

They say that old New York was once New Amsterdam… I’m pretty sure I’ve quoted that ‘They Might Be Giants’ song before, but it never seems to lose it’s luster! It seems especially potent this Monday morning, because just yesterday Saxelby Cheesemongers spanned New York and New Amsterdam in a single bound!

The day began at New Amsterdam Market, where from now ’till the end of December, we’ll be holding down the cheese fort each and every week! Yesterday we debuted two new cheeses, a Raclette-style cheese from Spring Brook Farm in Vermont and Noble Road, a creamy raw cows’ milk cheese from Calkins Creamery in Pennsylvania. We plan to feature new and special cheeses at the market all season long, so come visit us each and every Sunday down at the Fulton Fish Market to get your fix!

Saxelby Cheesemongers at the New Amsterdam Market
Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
In front of the Old Fulton Fish Market (corner of South St. and Peck Slip)

On the New York front, this week on Cutting the Curd, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Dean Sparks, co-founder of Empire Organics, which produces a dazzling array of local dairy products including milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. We talked about the state of dairy in New York from the perspective of an entrepreneur who’s making a huge difference in the lives of local dairymen. One of the opening lines on the Empire Organics website reads:

‘Today, pretty much everyone understands that organic is just plain better. So why should you choose nymilk? Well, lots of organic milk comes from faraway places. Big deal? We think so!’

Listen in to this week’s episode and hear about how Dean went from a dream to save local dairy farms to a 30 farm strong network of producers who are paid 3 times as much, that’s right 3 times!, as the commodity market would pay them. It’s this kind of thinking that can put New York right back up there on the map as a leading local dairy state. Look for the NYcheese label at Saxelby Cheesemongers soon! In the next few weeks, we’ll be carrying some of their scrumptious fromage.


However, if you’re feeling a little peckish right now, don’t forget your cheese & chutney! Order a ploughman’s lunch selection and have your cheese delivered right to your front door!

Ploughman’s Lunch Selection
Three Cheeses & a 9 oz jar of Sweet Deliverance Spicy Green Tomato Chutney
$55 plus shipping
To place your order, visit

The ploughman’s lunch is a revered repast in pubs and taverns all across England… We discovered it on a trip across the pond this summer and thought, why not bring this cheesy institution stateside? Each ‘Ploughman’s Lunch’ selection contains a jar of Sweet Deliverance Spicy Green Tomato Chutney and three half-pound wedges of mouth watering fromage: Kunik, a buttery and decadent triple-creme cheese from Nettle Meadow Farm, Shelburne Farm’s sharp, oniony, fruity two-year Cheddar, and Jasper Hill Farm’s luscious, fudgy Bayley Hazen Blue. Not just for lunch, this selection of cheesy goodness is great fare for dinner parties, tailgates, picnics, and any other dairy-centric snacking occasion you can dream up!

‘Till next week, eat cheese and be merry!

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