A Pipe Dream Come True…

News from Saxelby Cheesemongers!
A Pipe Dream Come True…
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Pipe Dreams Fromage is a diminutive goat dairy in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, a little dot on the map directly in the center of the state along the southern border. Cheese maker Brad Parker and his family have been farming there and making their delicious array of fresh and mold-ripened goat cheeses since 1994. What may have started off as a pipe dream has blossomed into one of America’s finest producers of goat cheese!

While in college, Brad decided to spend his junior year abroad in France. In between school and studies, he took a job as a goatherd in the Limousin region, literally spending his days traversing the fields, hills, and dales with the troupe. Despite one unfortunate incident where the goats got into a neighboring farm’s patch of haricots verts (the goats had a blast, but Brad says he was lucky to keep his job… the French take their haricots verts very seriously) he learned the rudiments of cheese making and goat husbandry.
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During his time with the Peace Corps in South Central Africa, Brad decided that he wanted to milk cows, but was dissuaded by a farmer there who said that getting in to cow dairying was too expensive. The cost of milking and cheese making equipment, investment in animals, and the land to support them was just too much. At the Peace Corps office, he chanced upon a farming periodical with ads for goats. He wrote to 10 of the farms (real letters!) and got a response from one that was close to Philly offering him room & board.

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Caprikorn Farms was (and is still!) known for its breeding stock and caprine genetics. The milk that was produced there was considered waste, just a byproduct of the breeding business. But Brad had other ideas… This was in the mid-1980’s, when the idea of goat cheese was still pretty much unheard of here in the US. He got some cheese making molds from France, set up a bare bones cheese house, hand milked the 30 goats on the farm twice a day, and got to work making cheese!

Brad set his sights for his burgeoning cheese business on DC, a town that he refers to as ‘recession proof’ do to the number of politicians, dignitaries, and wonks constantly rotating through the city’s ranks. By 1986, he was selling cheese to the French ambassador, making deliveries to his residence on the regular and recalling his days in Limousin.
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In 1991, Brad and his wife purchased the farm where the business is currently located and began to upgrade and outfit the buildings for making cheese. In 1994 they started Pipe Dreams Fromage, and currently milk about 50 Sable goats. We at Saxelby Cheesemongers were smitten at first bite – Pipe Dreams Buche is one of our chevre staples throughout the season, which lasts from mid-March through early January. Stop by the shop for a taste this week – it’s just as delicious and much cheaper than a ticket to France!

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TuesdaySaturday 10am to 7pm
Sunday 10am to 6pm 
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This May Celebrate Essex Market’s 75th Anniversary – Plus New Hours and Mother’s Day Madness!

This May Celebrate Essex Market’s 75th Anniversary – Plus New Hours and Mother’s Day Madness! 
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Essex Street Market is New York City’s original public market! Built in 1940 by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in an effort to ‘relocate’ (ie eradicate) the pushcart vendors that clogged the streets of the Lower East Side, Essex Market was built using WPA funds.
At its height, the market was home to 475 vendors in four buildings that spanned Essex Street from Broome Street to Stanton Street, making it the food focal point for one of the city’s most commercial neighborhoods. In the early years, most of the merchants in the market were Jewish and Italian. As the demographics of the Lower East Side began to change in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the merchant base shifted to Puerto Rican and Dominican immigrants.
Essex Market is one of four remaining WPA-era public markets in New York City (La Marqueta in Harlem, the Arthur Avenue Retail Market in the Bronx, and The Moore Street Market in Bushwick). In its 75 years of operation, the market has been witness to an ever-changing Lower East Side, all the while providing fresh food in a bare bones, authentic way that hearkens to Old World marketplaces.
This May, make a trip over to the market to see what’s new (and enjoy what’s old!) as we celebrate a culinary gem in New York City’s history!
Check out essexstreetmarket.com for a full menu of special events this month, or look at our list of highlights below!
TENEMENT TALK – ESSEX MARKET HISTORY 
Wednesday 5/67 to 9pm
Adam Steinberg, head of the Tenement Museum’s education department will lead a panel discussion featuring Ira Stolzenberg of Rainbo’s Fish, Sobeida DelaCruz of Viva Fruits and Vegetables, and Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheesemongers talking about their stories of running a business in the market.
MiLES – POP UP BRUNCH SERIES
Saturday 5/16 and Sunday 5/17
Brunch in the Essex Street Market with two fabulous ethnic-inspried menus using ingredients sourced from the market! Saturday’s brunch will feature Jamaican-style and Sunday’s brunch will be Puerto-Rican style. Tickets are limited so get yours today!
ESSEX MARKET BIRTHDAY BLOCKPARTY!
Saturday, May 30th 12 to 5pm
Join your favorite Essex Market merchants for an all-out block party! We’ll be shutting down Essex Street and grilling up a storm. Come for delicious food, drinks, music, games, and more!
New Hours! Starting on 5/5, Saxelby Cheesemongers will be open 1 hour earlier! 
TuesdaySaturday 10am to 7pm
Sunday 10am to 6pm 

Mother’s Day Madness!
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Send your mom some cheese for mother’s day! Order by Weds for delivery before Mother’s Day!

 
Mother’s Day Spring Sampler
This Mother’s Day, skip the jewelry and treat mom to a pearl that’s edible! A Seal Cove Farm Pearl that is, one of our most delicate and delicious spring cheeses from Maine! Saxelby’s Mother’s Day Spring Sampler includes a bit of all of our favorite spring snacks – a button of Pearl cheese, a jar of bright and tart Blackberry Greengage Jam from Blue Chair Fruit, and a bag of Granola from Another Mother all packed in a stylish Saxelby canvas tote!
*Want your gift delivered just in time for Mother’s Day? Just make a note requestingThursday, May 7th as the ship date in the comments box when checking out! *

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Special Mother’s Day episode of Cutting the Curd
TODAY at 5pm on HRN!
 
Tune in to Cutting the Curd this week as Anne returns to the host’s chair to wax poetic about being a mom in the world of cheese! We’ll talk with Rynn Caputo of Caputo Brothers Creamery and Marieke Penterman of Hollands Family Cheese about how they’ve built their cheesy businesses around their growing families!
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