Cave to Co-op, October 2018

Each month, your Neighboring Food Co-ops feature our region’s artisan cheesemakers by offering a specially selected cheese at great price. Look for the “Cave to Co-op” sign in the cheese section at your local food co-op. To find one near you, visit www.nfca.coop/members.

 

This Month’s Selection: 

TRES BONNE RESERVE, A PASTEURIZED GOAT-MILK CHEESE
Boston Post Dairy, Enosburg Falls, VT

Boston Post Dairy is located on the Gervais Family Farm, a family run farm in northern Vermont owned and operated by Robert and Très Bonne Gervaise and 12 of their 15 children. The Gervaise family has been farming the property since 1962 when they began with 35 Jersey cows and 220 acres of land. Today they milk over 1,800 cows and grow 3,100 acres of corn and hay.

In 2013 their farm was given the prestigious Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year award which yearly honors an outstanding, efficiently managed dairy enterprise that sets a strong example for other farmers to follow. Farms are evaluated on a number of criteria including production records; herd, pasture, and crop management; environmental practices; contributions to agriculture and the local community and overall excellence in dairying. Boston Post Dairy is operated by their 4 daughters and named after the old road that runs through the property. The Dairy is home to 70 dairy goats and 80 dairy cows. They make cheeses from goat milk, cow milk, and a blend of goat and cow milk.

Très Bonne is French for ‘very good’ and it is! Très Bonne Reserve is aged for 12-14 months and has a caramelized nutty flavor and a flaky, almost crunchy texture. Fantastic on its own, we also recommend these recipes for a seasonal treat.

Spanish Tomato Bread with Très Bonne Reserve
makes 8 slices

  • 8 slices of ciabatta
  • extra-virgin olive oil for brushing and drizzling
  • 2 halved garlic cloves
  • 4 garden fresh ripe tomatoes, halved cross-wise
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • shaved Très Bonne Reserve for topping

pre-heat oven to 375 ° F

Brush one side of each bread slice with oil and arrange oiled side up on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, until golden. Rub the toasts with the garlic cloves, then rub with the tomato halves until all of the flesh is gone; 
discard the tomato skins. Season the toasts with salt and pepper. Top with cheese, drizzle with olive oil and serve.


CAVE TO CO-OP IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PROVISIONS INTERNATIONAL AND THE NEIGHBORING FOOD CO-OP ASSOCIATION (NFCA) TO SUPPORT LOCAL, ARTISANAL CHEESE PRODUCERS IN OUR REGION AND MAKE THEIR PRODUCTS MORE EASILY AVAILABLE TO CO-OP SHOPPERS.  THE NFCA IS A NETWORK OF MORE THAN 30 FOOD CO-OPS IN NEW ENGLAND, LOCALLY OWNED BY MORE THAN 130,000 PEOPLE LIKE YOU.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT WWW.NFCA.COOP.