Saxelby Visits Woodcock Farm:
Spring Has Sprung, So Stay Tuned for Sheep Cheese!
As we like to say, there’s nothing like a little road trip to Vermont during mud season. A bit of trivia for all you non-Vermonters out there – while most of the world works off the age-old four seasons model, Vermonters have taken the liberty of adding a fifth – mud season. And while it may be messy, it’s a fun and busy time on the farm! The sheep are lambing, the goats are kidding, and the milk is starting to flow for another season of cheesemaking.
Saxelby Cheesemongers paid a visit to Woodcock Farm last weekend, and spring was in full swing. There were more than one hundred new lambs on the ground, who took the opportunity to create a cacophony of baa-ing whenever anyone entered the barn.
Mark and Gari Fischer, owners and cheesemakers at Woodcock Farm, are gearing up for another season of sheep cheese making, and we can’t wait for those cheeses to arrive! We should have Summer Snow and other fresh, sheepy beauties in our cave come end of May. We still have a wee bit of Weston Wheel left this season (their signature aged sheep milk cheese) so snap it up while the snapping’s good!
During wintertime, the Fischers make cows’ milk cheeses using rich and fatty milk from neighboring Jersey Girls Farm (and that’s Jersey as in the breed of cow… no reality TV on this farm!) Some of our favorite cows’ milk cheeses, Timberdoodle, Humble Pie, and Kind of Blue are made from this milk. A few days per week, Mark makes the drive over to Jersey Girls to pick up his liquid gold. He fills his milk cans, which are then transported back to Woodcock Farm and unloaded (100 pounds each!) into their milk vat, and then transformed into cheese.
Originally from New York City, the Fischers moved up to Vermont in the nineties and started making cheese. At first they made sheep milk cheese for David Major of Vermont Shepherd, and later branched out into their own line of sheeps’ milk cheeses. Since sheep are so seasonal in their milk production (they only give milk 5-6 months out of the year), they started to add some mixed milk and pure cows’ milk cheeses to their lineup. Today they make over eight varieties of cheese, which we’re proud to carry at Saxelby Cheesemongers!
Stop by the shop this week for a taste of Woodcock Farm cheese, or order our Woodcock Farm Trio
online and have it shipped right to your door!