Local cheeses bring a lot to the table. Cheeses make a great hostess gift, enhance holiday meals, and support local farmers. Whatever your pleasure, look for regionally made cheeses at your locally owned stores. In Louisville: Lotsa Pasta, ValuMarket, Whole Foods. In Lexington: Good Foods Co-op and Whole Foods Market. You can also contact the makers directly to find out how to purchase online.www. GoodFoods.coop, www.LotsaPastaLouisville.com, www.ValuMarket.com, www.WholeFoodsMarket.com
Photography: Richard Gary
Styling: Sonia Mulford Chaverri
Production: Stephanie Seal Brown
1: Wildcat Mountain Cheese, Garlic Pepper Cheddar
2: Kenny's Farmhouse, Kentucky Blue
3: Maid-N-Meadows, Cara Bonita
4: Capriole Goat Cheese, Julianna
Locally sourced items in photo:
Amy Pender—handblown glass bottle
Orville Moss—carved cutting board
Wiltshire Pantry—Garlic Sourdough Boule
Morning Song Farms—chestnuts
Maid-N-Meadows (featured on front cover)
537 Huff Rd.
Located on a family farm, owner Daniel Showalter believes in small batch cheese making, using a hand stirred and cut technique. Whenever possible, he sources his spices and wines from other local farmers to capture the flavors of the region and to support regional farmers.
1: Old Kentucky Tomme
2: Mont St. Frncis
3: Wabash Cannonball
Founded in 1988, Capriole Farms is one of the oldest goat farms in the country, sitting on 80 acres just across the Ohio River on top of the Knobs in southern Indiana. Having won multiple awards and recognition for her cheeses over the years, Capriole offers nine varieties of cheeses.
1: Somerset Aged Cheddar
2: Garlic Pepper Cheddar
Also Shown: Mrs. Toad’s Cranberry Conserve with Walnuts & Brandy
Wildcat Mountain Cheese
4929 Hwy. 490
East Bernstadt, KY
Located on the original Boone Trace, Wildcat Mountain Cheese offers seven cheese varieties made hormone and antibiotic free range cows. On land owned by the family for 75 years, owners Ronnie and Clara Patton welcome tours.
2: Kentucky Bleu
3: Kentucky Rose
Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese
2033 Thomerson Park Rd.
Tucked away in the rolling hills of southern Kentucky, Kenny’s has been making cheeses for over 20 years. Originally a dairy farm, Kenny’s milks over 130 cows, offering a variety of over 26 European and American-style cheeses.
1: Kentucky Derby
Boone Creek Creamery
2416 Palumbo Drive, Ste 110
Boone Creek Creamery creates over 24 varieties using old world European techniques to protect the delicate curds. They use Kentucky Proud milk from cows that graze on nutrient rich grasses as nature intended—free of antibiotics, hormones and steroids. Tours available.