Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Lancaster Cheese

Just when I think I've got a hold on Lancaster County, WHAM!!! I find a new part that simply amazes me. I just need to suggest to our guest here at the bed and breakfast to join us during our next Cheese and Wine Tour.

Today was most definitely one of those days. I was on a mission; find an Amish run dairy farm that makes their own cheese. Should not be too hard.... Well no it was not too difficult, how could it be? Sampling cheese is always a lot of fun.

I found just the place... in the southeastern part of the county below Christiana. A place really close to Chester county where you have the feel of the rolling hills, beautiful forest with small streams meandering through and covered bridges that span across. The place was serene. So as I continued to drive along in search for my Dairy farm, the road became narrow, and the houses were now sparse. I was deep into the county.

I sprang up over a hill and there it was, Grass Valley Dairy. Just a small place that with the blink of an eye, one would not know of it's existence. No website, no email address, you probably wont find it on the map anywhere; a hidden gem!! I am glad I found it. So as I took the car down the long and winding road, I could not wrap my head around the beauty that lay in front of me. Nothing short of spectacular!!! I could see no other sign of life other than the entourage of friendly canines that came to greet me. One was even crying as I bent down to pet him as if longing for some type of attention.

So as I waited with my friends tossing the ball a bit and could not get over how quiet it was here. Really a place to just unwind... and once again, how beautiful it was. Moments later from over the hill I saw a figure chopping wood; soon after Mr. Stolzfus came down to greet me.

He talked with me about his Dairy Farm and his cheese. Explained the process from beginning to end and gladly answered my trivial questions. Then the moment of truth, he presented to me his cheese; both Colby and Cheddar. Wow was it good, I really like the Colby. Just the right kick behind it. Knowing that we do our Cheese and Wine tours with our friends at the Artist's Inn, he presented me with a small sample bag of each to bring along. My hope is that I will not eat it all before I see Jan, ( Good Luck Jan)

Sooo... paired with the perfect wine, this cheese would be the perfect accompaniment ...ohh and some great crusty bread would be perfect... and maybe a bit more wine... get the picture??

Can't wait to bring guest to meet Mr. Stolzfus on one of our cheese and wine tours. Oh, and did I mention how beautiful it was back there...

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