Featured Farm- Jasper Hill Farm, a Taste of Place
by Leah Mojer
Here at Bartlett's, we have long been fans of this awesome operation in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Jasper Hill is a leading pioneer in New England for their outstanding cheeses, stewardship through their massive underground aging cellars, and tenacious plans for sustainability of their operations.
Bayley Hazen Blue- Jasper Hill Farm's first offering. Made from whole raw milk, it is named for an old military road commissioned by George Washington during the Revolutionary War.
Bayley has developed a loyal following because of its fudge-like texture, toasted-nut sweetness, and anise spice character. The usual peppery character of blue cheese is subdued, giving way to deeply rich and satisfying flavor.
The texture and flavor make Bayley an ideal choice to those new to the world of blue cheese. Try pairing with a fruity red dessert wine, toasty Imperial Stout, or a hunk of dark chocolate. Bayley is also ideal for crumbling over a juicy burger or adding to a cheese plate along-side honey and fig jam.
Winnimere- Young cheeses are wrapped in strips of spruce cambium, the tree's flexible inner bark layer, harvested from Jasper Hill Farm's woodlands. During aging, the cheese is washed in a cultured salt brine to help even rind development. At 60 days, this cheese is spoonably soft and tastes of bacon, sweet cream, and spruce.
Winnimere is best enjoyed by peeling a bit of the top rind and diving in with a spoon and some friends. Pair with a smoky, meaty red wine or porter-style beer, and some crusty bread.
Moses Sleeper-A Jasper Hill Creamery original, inspired by classic, French Brie. This cheese's historic namesake, Moses Sleeper, was a Revolutionary War scout killed while defending a blockhouse along Northeast Kingdom's legendary Bayley Hazen Military Road.
Moses is an approachable and nuanced brie-style cheese and by far one of our most popular selections at Bartlett's. Beneath it's thin, bloomy-rind, a gooey, milky core shows a complex array of flavors at peak ripeness: cauliflower, cre fraîche, and toasted nuts. Aromas of white mushrooms follow the rich flavors of the paste.
Moses is perfect for a festive cheese board or for baking en croute for an elegant dessert. At room temperature, this cheese is pliant and decadent without being runny. A farmhouse saison, country pâte, pickled carrots and a crusty baguette are perfectly paired with Moses.
Leah & the Bartlett's Team