Marci Ebeling and John Shuman settled in Trout Lake, Washington, in 2005 after hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. They soon set about reviving the community's dormant cheesemaking tradition, and Cascadia Creamery was born. Cascadia uses certified organic cow's milk from a fourth-generation dairy that breeds Jersey, Dutch Belted and Friesian cows to make an array of cheeses that are aged in a special aging room built inside a lava tube cave. The natural cave air has an ideal temperature and humidity content for ripening cheese.
Sleeping Beauty wears a thin, mottled natural rind that offers a hint of damp earth from the caves. Underneath lies a supple, semi-firm paste that is rich and buttery with flavors of grass and herbs and a tangy finish.
Farm / Company: Cascadia Creamery
Cheesemaker: John Shuman, Daniel Casati, Luke Larson
Proprietor: John Shuman
Affineur: Cascadia Creamery staff
City, State: Trout Lake, WA
Region: Pacific Northwest
Milk Type: Cow
Milk Treatment: Raw
Aging: 90-120 days
Size(s): 6 pound wheel