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.

It may look like a classic French goat cheese, but Halo is a beautiful, donut-shaped cow’s milk cheese with a wrinkly geotrichum rind. It is fudgy in texture and becomes softer and more spreadable as it ages. The flavors are mild and milky with a bit of a bite from the rind.

Farm / Company: Moonside Creamery

Cheesemaker: Jennifer Kirkham

Proprietor: Jennifer Kirkham

Affineur: Jennifer Kirkham

City, State: Sebastopol, CA

Region: West

Country: USA

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Geotrichum

Texture: Soft

Aging: 2 weeks

Size(s): 4-ounce piece