Dirt Lover

Sarah Hoffmann and John Spertus, doctors by trade, moved to the Kansas City area so they could be close to both a city and rural land where they could build a sustainable, organic farm. After determining that their land wasn't suited to growing vegetables, Sarah decided to begin raising dairy sheep and learned how to use their milk to make cheese. Today, Green Dirt Farm is Animal Welfare Approved and committed to the principles of grass-based dairying.

Made in the style of French farmhouse cheeses like Valencay and Selles-sur-Cher, Dirt Lover is a small-format sheep's milk cheese that is dusted with ash before growing a bloomy rind. When young, Dirt Lover has flavors of butter, lemon and mushroom, and a smooth but firm texture. The flavor becomes earthy and beefy with age, and the paste breaks down to the consistency of butter.

Farm / Company: Green Dirt Farm

Cheesemaker: Sarah Hoffman/Rachel Kleine

Proprietor: Sarah Hoffmann


City, State: Weston, MO

Region: Midwest

Country: USA

Milk Type: Sheep

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Bloomy ash

Texture: Soft

Aging: 35 days

Size(s): 6-ounce piece