Ocooch Mountain

Hidden Springs Farm sits atop a beautiful green ridge in the heart of the Coulee on the patchwork terrain of Wisconsin's "Driftless Area" (the area that the glacier skipped). Brenda and Dean Jensen milk a herd of about 250 Lacaune and East Friesian sheep. In keeping with their sustainable financial and environmental vision, they employ Amish neighbors for milking and construction, use Percheron draft horses - not tractors - to plow their fields, and keep donkeys to protect their lambs from coyotes and other predators.

This award-winning mountain-style raw sheep's milk cheese is named after the range on which the animals graze seasonally.  Aged 3-4 months, it has a natural rind that is washed during aging to promote an intense flavor and a firm, tight texture with tiny eyes. It is slightly granular with flavors of nuts and a hint of a damp cave.

Farm / Company: Hidden Springs

Cheesemaker: Brenda Jensen



City, State: Westby, Wisconsin

Region: Midwest

Country: USA

Milk Type: Sheep

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Natural

Texture: Firm

Aging: 3 - 4 months

Size(s): 2 pounds