Moonside Creamery is a family affair that prides itself on sustainability. Cheesemaker and owner Jennifer Kirkham sources organic milk from two local dairies. Her daughters assist with tasks ranging from cleaning to affinage, and her husband runs the family's farm, growing vegetables and raising pigs using the whey left over from the cheesemaking process.

Companion is a cow's milk disc that is washed with brine as it ages. The rind becomes tackier as the cheese ripens, giving way to a soft paste that offers balanced flavors of beef broth, unsweetened chocolate and hay.

Farm / Company: Moonside Creamery

Cheesemaker: Moonside Creamery

Proprietor: Jennifer Kirkham

Affineur: Jennifer Kirkham

City, State: Sebastopol, CA

Region: West

Country: USA

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Washed

Texture: Soft

Aging: 45 days

Size(s): 1-pound wheel