Cheese, glorious cheese
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

It seems that the craziness of summer has just ended, and yet I am already gearing up for the coming busy season again already! Honestly, I am not even sure our 'slow' season is any slower than the 'busy' season. Different, but not much slower. 

As I plan the coming season's vegetable CSA, I can't help but come back to the idea of a cheese CSA as well. We did a trial run of a version of this idea through a friend's veggie CSA this past summer, and the feedback was quite positive. As I continue to learn the ins and outs of cheesemaking, and experiment with new cheeses, I think about how to best get people to try them too. Farmer's markets are good avenues- set a sample out on the table and they will be eaten. Those samples eaten off the table have sold most of my cheeses for me. But not all cheeses work well as samples, and I don't always have samples of each type of cheese set out. And customers get stuck, too. They find something they like and fall back on that, instead of venturing to try new things. So how to introduce these new cheeses, get people to try new ones?


A cheese CSA. Same idea as the veggie CSA. You pay for a 'subscription' for the season. 20 weeks of cheese, at a really good price. Not necessarily 20 different cheese- there may be some repetition over the course of the 20 weeks. But diversity! Cheese lovers can sample lots of different cheeses over the course of the season. Fromage blanc, feta, ricotta, camembert, and more! Perhaps even some 'guest' cheeses from other local cheesemakers.

I haven't really seen this model used in many places, but I think it may catch on. What cheese lover would not like this idea? If you think you might be interested, I will be putting together anapplication for the 2013 season and you will find it posted here on the website shortly. If you have additional questions or thoughts on this idea, please don't hesitate to let me know, I am always open to hear feedback. 

I hope some of you are as excited as I am by this! And of course we are offering our regular vegetable CSA for the summer as well. The details of that are on the website, and I will be posting the application for the 2013 veggie shares this week. Come grow with us!

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