Thursday, March 20, 2014

New On the Tasting Plate: Baetje Farms' Bloomsdale

photo courtesy of Baetje Farms
We are happy to welcome a new state to our line-up: Missouri! Baetje Farms is a farmstead goat dairy in the town of Bloomsdale in southeast Missouri. Cheesemakers Veronica and Steve Baetje (pronounced BAY-gee) strive to raise their goats in the best possible environment with the healthiest diet, even spoiling them with warm herbal tea in winter.

Their happy goats provide them with great milk for cheesemaking. Bloomsdale, named for their town, is their signature cheese. Patterned after a French Valencay, Bloomsdale is in the shape of a pyramid with a flattened top. Dusted with ash as per tradition, it ripens from the outside in, getting gooey and more piquant as time goes by. An elegant cheese, Bloomsdale was won multiple ACS and World Cheese Awards.

We'll be tasting it this week until it runs out. Come on by!

Every week at Dairymaids we select six cheeses to include in our free cheese tasting. Whenever we are open, we are tasting cheese. On Wednesdays, we sample a wine, cider or beer as well and all wine and beer is 10% off. Our hours are Tuesday thru Friday 10 to 6, Saturday 10 to 4, and Sunday 11 to 4. 

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