Everyone has their favorite cheese or favorite type of cheese and if you asked me, there are too many great cheeses out there for me to really pick a favorite. However, one of my most desired is made at Pholia Farm in Southern Oregon called Elk Mountain. During the different seasons their herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats feed on the pastures of the base of the farms neighboring mountain called? Well you guessed it, Elk Mountain!
This cheese is made in the style of the Pyrenees Tomme and aged for 6 months and washed in honey ale that produces a unique nutty flavor and complex finish. What is special about this cheese for me is not only the flavor, but the goats that produce the milk from which this lovely artisan cheese is made.
The miniature breed produces milk which yields higher butterfat content then any other breed in the world and since they only have a small herd, the amount of cheese they can make is minimal. Therefore, whenever Artisanal is able to carry it, I know it will not last long. Their herd is extremely well cared for that they show them in local competitions and offer the male bucks up for adoption. Iâ€™m looking forward to the next time we carry this cheese and hopefully Iâ€™ll be able to take a small piece home to enjoy!