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Big Woods Blue

Southeastern Minnesota -- one of the richest agricultural regions of the state -- is home to Shepherd's Way Farms where a family of six lovingly and tirelessly raises dairy sheep in order to make a variety of cheeses. In January 2005, Shepherd's Way Farms suffered an extreme hardship when fire destroyed a nursery barn and killed most of the flock. Aided by an immense outpouring of local support as well as support from various Slow Food communities, the family and farm are managing to produce great cheese as they slowly recover from the tragedy.

Big and beefy, Big Wood's Blue is creamy with an irresistible sharpness that is undeniably blue. However, blue cheese skeptics should not be afraid because the inherent richness of the sheep's milk perfectly balances the cheese's intensity.

Farm / Company: Shepherd's Way

Cheesemaker: Jodi Read

Proprietor: Steven & Jodi Read

Affineur: Jodi Read

City, State: Nerstrand, MN

Region: Midwest

Country: USA

Milk Type: Sheep

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Vegetarian

Rind: No rind

Texture: Firm

Aging: 3-4 months

Size(s): 6-pound wheel