Seana Doughty grew up in Southern California, where the only cheeses in her childhood home were Velveeta & Kraft singles, along with the occasional commodity block cheddar. However, food had always been a passion. In 2008, she made a life-changing decision to quit her desk job and immerse herself in the world of cheese, first as a cheesemonger in Southern California. She soon opened her own creamery, Bleating Heart, and began making sheep's milk cheese in the cooler climate of the Northern California coast.
Funky Bleats began as a one-off experiment, and has now become a regular offering in Bleating Heart's collection. The small rounds are made primarily from sheep's milk blended with a bit of goat's milk from the Alma de Luna Dairy in Sebastopol. The rind is washed as it ripens, helping to encourage a strong, but not overpowering aroma with notes of yeast and roasted peanuts. The paste itself has a balanced salt level and flavors of cream and grass.
Farm / Company: Bleating Heart
Cheesemaker: Seana Doughty & Dave Dalton
Proprietor: Seana Doughty & Dave Dalton
Affineur: Seana Doughty & Dave Dalton
City, State: Tomales, CA
Milk Type: Blended
Milk Treatment: Raw
Aging: 2-3 months
Size(s): 2-pound wheel