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Blackstone

Cindy Callahan, a nurse by training, was in her 50s when she first began raising sheep as a way to keep pasture grasses under control. She soon began milking her flock, and before long, her son Liam joined her as a cheesemaker. Today, Bellwether Farms makes an array of fresh and aged Italian-style sheep and cow's milk cheeses.

Bellwether's newest cheese, Blackstone, is a blend of sheep and cow milk. Its paste is scattered with black peppercorns, giving it a mild boost of spice, and its rind is rubbed with ground pepper, rosemaery and vegetable ash. The paste offers the characteristic tang of sheep's milk, while the cow's milk offers a caramel sweetness and a rich mouthfeel.

Farm / Company: Bellwether Farms

Cheesemaker: Liam Callahan

Proprietor: Cindy Callahan

Affineur:

City, State: Petaluma, CA

Region: West

Country: USA

Milk Type: Blended

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Natural

Texture: Firm

Aging: 6 weeks

Size(s): 3-pound wheel