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.
Rich and buttery with stiff notes of tart yeast to balance it, Crescenza is modeled after the centuries-old Italian cheese, Stracchino di Crescenza. Bellwether's Crescenza is a soft-ripened cow's milk cheese without a rind to hold back the luscious ooze. Spread it over crackers, bread, fruit -- anything you want imbued with creamy intensity.
Farm / Company: Bellwether Farms
Cheesemaker: Liam Callahan
Proprietor: Cindy Callahan
City, State: Petaluma, CA
Milk Type: Cow
Milk Treatment: Pasteurized
Aging: 2-3 weeks
Size(s): 2-3 pound or retail pack