Sheep's milk products from our Garden Variety Cheese CSA, first share
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Back in August, J. and I gifted each other a ewe (really a share in dairy CSA) as a 15th wedding anniversary present. Her name is Camellia, by the way. Our money went to support the care and feeding of Camellia and her sisters in the non-milk-producing (and therefore non-cheesemaking) months, and in return, come spring, we'd get sheep's milk products and also (vegetarians close your eyes) lamb. Or, a wool comforter for those who did not want meat.
This morning I picked up our first share: a quart of yogurt, a pint of fresh ricotta, a container of sheep's milk "feta" (a brined cheese), and a wedge of Moon Flower which is a hard cheese, sort of a cross between an aged pecorino and manchego.
Tonight the sheep's milk feta went into our salad and was met with a resounding, "YUM!" Tomorrow's breakfast might be the ricotta drizzled with honey or the yogurt swirled with cherry preserves. Part of that yogurt will definitely get the savory treatment--for lunch tomorrow I much add some smushed garlic, sea salt, and chopped veggies to it and scoop it up with a spoon.
It's nice to know that our money went directly to supporting the farmer during the time when she's not making cheese (her main source of income), and even nicer to know exactly who made these delicious items.
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