Rivertown, Many Fold Farm, Georgia {Southern Cheese Month}

by dccheese on September 27, 2013

in American-South,Cheese!,Cheesemakers & People,Sheep

{Psst …. last chance, have you purchased your tickets for this weekend’s Southern Artisan Cheese Festival already? Yes? Good.}

We’ve shared a lot of Georgia cheese love in the form of Sweet Grass Dairy’s Green Hill over the years, but there are other up and coming cheesemakers from the Peach State that we need to tell you about. Like Many Fold Farm, located in Chattahoochee Hills southwest of Atlanta.

Rivertown, Many Fold Farm, Southern Cheese | CheeseandChampagne.com

I first heard of Many Fold Farm’s farmstead sheeps milk cheeses via, where else, Instagram. I’m sure Tim Gaddis was the first to share pictures of the little lovelies, which I starred and schemed how to get my hands on some. As luck would have it, Louise of the Artisan Cheese Co. in Sarasota had just gotten a few samples in when I stopped in to visit her shop this past spring. I tasted the Garrett’s Ferry then, a buttery, creamy, vivacious little crotin of sheepy deliciousness. Their fresh brebis, the “chèvre of the sheep world,” as they say, won a second-place ribbon at this summer’s ACS competition.

Rivertown, sheeps milk cheese from Georgia | CheeseandChampagne.com

I got to sample the rest of the line at ACS’ Meet the Cheesemaker, where Rivertown became my new favorite. The cheesemakers apologized for the un-photogenicness of the sample board (the ash-coated one in the foreground there is their Condor’s Ruin), but those of us in the know scooped up the runniest, oozing bits with no complaints.

Rivertown is an aged, Camembert-style wheel made with traditional lambs rennet and aged 4 to 8 months. It has a toasty, hazelnut taste that complements the rich sheeps milk and a beautiful silky texture.

Should you spot Many Fold Farm cheeses in your local cheese case, snatch them up! Garrett’s Ferry’s season comes to an end in October, but Rivertown is available February through December. Here’s hoping I’ll be able to find one for my holiday cheeseboard.

This concludes our Southern Cheese Month series, though we’ll have more Southern cheese to share soon.
Did you miss one? Catch up on these:

Gray’s Chapel, Goat Lady Dairy, North Carolina

Wabash Cannonball, Capriole Farms, Indiana

And if you attend the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival, please report back on your favorite finds, here or over on our Facebook page.

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