Toma Celena is an artisanal cheese, made in small batches by the Cooperstown Cheese Company. One of the best advantages to a small dairy like this one is the accountability. Each ingredient is carefully selected; all of their Toma Brand Cheeses are made with milk from Sunny Acres Swiss. If you’d like to delve even deeper, Cooperstown is able to accommodate you; all of the milk is taken form Brown Swiss cows that have been raised naturally, without hormones. If you still don’t feel close enough to your cheese, the name of the man who owns the farm is Lester Tyler; he runs the dairy along with his family and has been for years.
Once the milk reaches Cooperstown, it is transformed into the beautiful product you see before you. The flavor is deep and complex, with hints of toasted grains, apples and caramelized milk, among other things you may be able to coax out with just the right class of wine.
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.