This award-winning cheese from the mountains in western Maryland is one of the first of its kind in the United States: a spruce-wrapped, bloomy rind goat cheese. Modeled after famous Spanish examples such as Tora de Esprimijo and Tortilla de Barros, Firefly Farms first made this cheese as an experiment, in celebration of their fifteenth anniversary, in 2016.
The spruce wrapping tradition comes from a desire to harness “over-ripe” cheeses, allowing them to hold their shape and to deepen their flavor profile. In the Merry Goat Round, the spruce introduces flavors of fresh mushroom and forest floor. The texture is silky and gooey, with rich umami from the use of vegetable rennet. During production, the cheese is aged for about one month and is made with pasteurized, hormone free goat’s milk from surrounding farms who practice sustainable farming techniques.
This cheese is best when served fully ripe at room temperature or heated up in the oven at 350 degrees until completely melted and pouring over. Just gently cut the top part of the cheese off and enjoy with a glass of Saint Bris, Sauvignon Blanc, or a Spanish Garnacha.
Pasteurized, Bloomy Rind Goat Cheese, 9 oz.