After learning the delicate craft of European artisanal cheesemaking on a family farm in Brittany, France in the 70s, Allison Hooper was working as a state dairy lab technician in Vermont when she got a call that would materially change her career path. In his capacity as the marketing director of the Vermont Department of Agriculture, Bob Reese was on the hunt for chevre to serve at a special state dinner. Today, that would seem like an easy enough need to fill but in the 80s, things were different. However, Bob had a feeling Allison might be able to help him out. Allison made the chevre herself and so successful was that cheese that Bob and Allison started thinking about making a business out of it. Over twenty years later, Vermont Butter & Cheese Company is still making artisanal dairy products in the European tradition while championing local farms.
With a delicate mild rind that is gently wrinkled in the French tradition, Bijou is smooth and creamy with fresh, clean goat flavors. You might also be able to detect notes of fresh flowers and hazelnuts in this rich round.
Farm / Company: Vermont Butter & Cheese
Proprietor: Allison Hooper & Bob Reese
City, State: Websterville, Vermont
Milk Type: Goat
Milk Treatment: Pasteurized
Rind: Surface Ripened
Aging: 2 weeks
Size(s): 2 ounce rounds