The first Isigny-sur-Mer dairy was founded in 1932 in a region nestled between the fresh water marshes and the saltwater of the English Channel. Initially there were just 42 farmers who joined forces to defend and spread the traditions of Isigny, an area famous for its milk and butter. By 1945 the cooperative had grown to 180 members, and then to nearly 800 by 1970. In 1979, Isigny Sainte-Mère officialy opened, following the merger with the neighboring Sainte-Mère-Eglise Dairy Cooperative.
Shaped like a pitted melon, Mimolette is a bright orange cow's milk cheese from Normandy. According to lore, its origins date back to the 17th century when France was at war against the Dutch. Jean-Baptiste Colbert, who was at the time France's secretary of state, decided to stop the imports of Edam into the country and requested that farmers from the Flanders region start making a cheese with similar characteristics. To distinguish this new cheese from its Dutch counterpart, they dyed it orange by adding Annato to the milk.
Mimolette is aged for at least two years during which time it develops a chewy texture and a rich caramel sweetness with smoky aftertones.
Farm / Company: Isigny Sainte-Mère
City, State: Isigny-sur-Mer
Milk Type: Cow
Milk Treatment: Pasteurized
Aging: 2 years
Size(s): 6-8 pound wheel