Stay tuned - Sirocco Ridge Farmstead Creamery coming soon!
Proudly introducing our 4-cheese portfolio!
Our cheeses are made from milk sustainably produced by Lamancha (and Lamancha crossed with Nubian) dairy goats in Southern Indiana. These goats are fed high quality feed, alfalfa and free choice Timothy - Orchard grass hay, as well as having access to pasture and forage at least 12 hours a day. These does produce milk that is creamy and tastes of toasted grains and green grass, with no undesirable off flavors. Along with a high fat and protein content it is ideal for making cheese.
The Big Softy - fresh goat cheese
The Big Softy cheese was developed as a soft cheese that is créme fraiche-like with a smooth texture and rich flavor. It is a cheese so fresh that the whey may still be seeping from the cheese. Samples of the cheese have been described as, “ mild, creamy, sweet, buttery, and decadent”. This totally vegetarian (made with vegetable rennet) cheese is a versatile cheese that can be eaten on its own, enhanced with savory or sweet flavors or added to other dishes. Suggestions for use include serving on crackers; spreading on bagels; enhancing with dried herbs, gourmet salts, olives or honey; sprinkling on salads; or stuffing into meats and tortillas. It’s use is only limited by your imagination!
Salty Sea Goat - Fetta-style cheese
Meet our brine-aged fetta-style cheese. It tips its hat to brined cheeses originating in the eastern Mediterranean some 8000-9000 years ago! Each fetta-style cheese begins as a block cheese, and spends a minimum of 30 days in brine. During this time the cheese's depth begins to take shape. Younger blocks have a bright tang, and the longer it ages the more depth and flavor comes to life. Think saltiness, toasted nuts, and pickled veggies with this cheese! Our fetta-style cheese goes everywhere you've taken fetas before - on salads, baked dishes liked spanakopita crumbled as a topping - and beyond! The Satly Sea Goat is also a fetta-style cheese, and comes in its own aging brine. Try either of them lightly grilled or sautéed, in a panini or grilled cheese, and even sliced on a cheese board for a salty, tangy bite.
Fetta-style cheeses are available as a block (in brine or not), crumbled, or sliced.
Lamancha Goat Gouda
We put our quality milk to work in our Lamancha Goat Gouda, another of our vegetarian cheeses. The young cheese is coated in special vegetarian cheese wax and aged a minimum of 60 days. Our goat gouda is a soft white color, with a creamy paste, and lower in fat than most cow goudas. In its young stages it has a mild, sweet, slightly nutty flavor and a slightly creamy to crumbly texture. With each passing month it gains a more complex, rich flavor that lingers in your mouth. We will offer an aged version at 6 months and expect the flavors to continue to develop until it has the slightly sweet flavor and a drier texture.
Fun cheese fact: How do you check a cheese for taste and complexity once it is covered in wax and aged? We have a special cheese knife called a trier, whose blade is in a half-moon curve . Periodically we take a sample and “try” it to see if it has the quality and taste we want.
Juana of Lamancha manchego-style
This Manchego-style hard cheese is aged at least 30 days and the rind is rubbed by hand with Spanish olive oil. This vegetarian cheese has a firm texture, mild, slightly salty flavor, and melts when heated. The name is in tribute to people and the region where Manchego is made. It is similar to Monterey Jack and can be used in sandwiches, melted, or placed on a cheese board.
Once our new creamery is up and running, you can buy The Big Softy, Salty Sea Goat, or Lamancha Goat Gouda cheese:
At these local businesses:
At these local businesses:
- Board & You (cheese shop, restaurant, cheese boards in New Albany, IN)
- Donum Dei Brewery (microbrewery and micro distillery, restaurant in New Albany, IN)
- Farm to Fork (farm to table catering, Louisville, KY)
- Harvey's Cheese (cheese shop in Louisville, KY)
- Legacy Pizza and Bakery (restaurant in New Albany, IN)
- Lotsa Pasta International Food Shop (Louisville, KY)
- Market Wagon Louisville (delivered directly to you)
- Orange Clover (restaurant/caterer in Jeffersonville, IN)