Despite the exotic flavors and textures of this wedge of Grayson cheese, its story is actually quite domestic. This cheese is a testament to the power of skill of a dedication to the craft of cheese making. The artisans at Meadow Creek Dairy, located in the mountains of southwest Virginia are dedicated to sustainable agriculture, and they use all natural raw milk from Jersey cows. Meadow Creek Dairy is just specific about the quality of products they use as they are about the quality of products they make. All of the milk they source from farms that raise their pastures without pesticides of herbicides and Grayson is only made between the months of April and October; when the cows are on natural pasture.
The finished product is well worth the scrutiny. Grayson has a soft golden semi soft paste, an orange sticky washed rind, a pungent aroma that hums through your nostril, paling in comparison to the rich and beefy flavor, slightly sweet and slightly nutty.
Grayson is frequently compared to and used interchangeable with the Italian Taleggio or the French Livarot.
Upon receipt of your order the ice pack may no longer be frozen. This is expected and should not be the cause of alarm. The cheese should be cool to room temperature. Once rewrapped and stored properly the cheese will last up to 3 weeks.
For optimal storage allowing the cheese to breathe and retain moisture wrap the cheese in wax paper, plastic wrap or tin foil upon arrival.
A - Bloomy rind, tomes, hard or dry rind cheeses - wrap only the cut surface in plastic wrap, leaving the rind exposed so the cheese can breathe.
B - Blue cheeses should be wrapped securely in tin foil.
C - Washed rind cheeses should be wrapped in wax paper.
D - Small cheeses such as goat’s milk crottin should be wrapped in wax paper.
E - Soft cheeses store well in waxed paper or sealed containers.
Store your cheese in a cool, damp place such as a wine cellar, larder, wine cabinet, or in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator (the warmest part of the refrigerator).
As a general rule, aged hard cheeses last longer than softer, less aged varieties.
For the fullest flavor it is recommended to bring cheese to room temperature before serving.
* See cheese label for proper storage recommendations
To ensure product quality all cheese will ship overnight May 1 through October 1 due to warm summer temperatures.
October through May all cheese will ship 2nd Day, with an Overnight option available at an additional charge.