Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Last Call for Cheese Adventures, and a Visit to Bonnieview Farm

Labor Day weekend has passed us by, but here at Saxelby Cheesemongers, we're kicking off the fall season in typical cheesy style! Join us this weekend for our biggest and best Day A-Whey trip of the year! We'll visit five cheese makers, get some R&R at a beautiful and historic B&B, and attend a local 'farm to fork' harvest festival dinner. We're almost full up, so call us to reserve your spot today!

A Day A-Whey to Washington County
Visit 5 Local Cheesemakers, Annual Harvest Festival and Dinner,
& Overnight Stay at the Rice Mansion Inn
Saturday, September 11th to Sunday, September 12th



Where else can you visit five cheesemakers, feast on the bounty of locally grown food, and get some R&R at one of New York's most historic inns? This weekend, Saxelby Cheesemongers is hitting the road again for a dairy-licious journey to Washington County, New York! This is a deluxe Day A-Whey if ever we saw one; we'll visit 5 farms in 2 days, hit up a Harvest festival and dinner, stay at a gorgeous historic inn, and whisk you back to the city by Sunday evening. Sit back, relax, and let us do the driving. All you have to bring is your love of cheese!

Saturday Itinerary: Depart from Saxelby Cheesmongers in our cheese-mobile. Arrival at Rice Mansion Inn, followed by catered picnic lunch. Farm tours at Argyle Cheese Farmer, Homestead Artisans, and Sweet Spring Farm. Attend the Salem Harvest Festival and Local 'Farm to Fork' dinner. Overnight stay at the historic Rice Mansion Inn.

Sunday Itinerary: Farm tours and cheese tastings at Three Corner Field Farm and Consider Bardwell Farm. Picnic lunch at Consider Bardwell Farm. Return to NYC by 6:30 pm.

Single Rate $300
Double Rate $250
Groups of 3-4 $225

Ticket price includes transportation, hotel room, all meals, entrance to the Harvest Festival and dinner, and farm tours.

To make a reservation, call Saxelby Cheesemongers at 212-228-8204. Reservations for this Day A-Whey are extremely limited, so reserve today!

Another harbinger of fall is the arrival of fabulous sheeps' milk cheeses from Bonnieview Farm! Bonnieview is tucked away up north in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, atop a hill looking out to the White Mountains. It's truly one of the loveliest farms this monger has ever laid eyes on. Bonnieview was settled by the Urie family in the late 1800's, and cheesemaker Neil Urie is the fourth generation to work the land. He was able to buy the farm from his uncle a ways back, slowly replaced his cows with a flock of sheep, and began to make an array of delectable aged cheeses. We're proud to show off these unique and delicious Vermonters!

Coomersdale is a small wheel of semi-firm, sheepy, barnyardy goodness. Its flavor lies somewhere between an aged Pecorino and a lively, fruity young Manchego. A great nosh for just about any occasion!

If you ran across a wheel of Ben Nevis, a cheese aptly named for Scotland's tallest mountain, you might mistake it for a stone. Its rind is mottled beige and purple and green, giving it an earthy and rustic cheese camouflage. Once cracked open however, it reveals its bright, tart, lemon-zesty interior. I guess that old adage don't judge a book by its cover applies to cheese too!

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