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Funky Bleats

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.

Available seasonally.

Farm / Company: Bleating Heart

Cheesemaker: Seana Doughty & Dave Dalton

Proprietor: Seana Doughty & Dave Dalton

Affineur: Seana Doughty & Dave Dalton

City, State: Tomales, CA

Region: West

Country: USA

Milk Type: Blended

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Washed

Texture: Semi-soft

Aging: 2-3 months

Size(s): 2-pound wheel