Curd On The Street: Farm Fresh Feta

Featuring all Ontario artisan cheeses by Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons, Curd On The Street has Vanessa tasting her way through Ontario’s tasty cheeses. This week, Vanessa is introduces us to one of the most versatile cheeses in Ontario.

Photo Credit: Vanessa Simmons

FACTBOX Cheese:  Flower Station Producer: Back Forty Artisan Cheese, Lanark County, Ontario Interesting Fact: Feta falls into the fresh, un-ripened cheese category, which are cheeses that receive minimal or no aging.  It has a longer shelf life when persevered in it’s own brine. My longing for spring to hurry up and arrive inspires this week’s cheese pick.  I dream of radiant sunshine, colorful tulips & daffodils, picnics, fresh local produce, farmers’ markets, and FETA.  One of the most versatile of cheeses, it gives an added zing to spring & summer dishes; think salads, pizzas, burgers, wraps. Sticking to tried and true traditional cheesemaking, Jeff & Jenna Fenwick, the new owners of Back Forty Artisan Cheese are carrying on the spirit of old world methods using 100% raw ewe’s milk in the production of their hand-lovingly crafted, small batch artisan cheeses. Flower Station, one of the little known Back Forty Artisan Cheeses is a fresh, un-ripened, semi-firm, Mediterranean-style raw sheep’s milk feta.  Stored in it’s own whey, you’ll find slightly crumbly texture with mild citrus flavor combined with a good balance of salt and fresh milk flavors from these little ivory wedges.

Enjoy!

Vanessa Simmons - Savvy Company Cheese SommelierVanessa Simmonsis the Cheese Sommelier for Savvy Company. Her tasting seminars and speaking events throughout Ontario make for a delicious discovery of artisan cheeses from across Canada. Vanessa spends countless hours with regional cheese mongers and cheesemakers and has trained formally at the Cheese Education Guild in Toronto and at Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa. Her passion for cheeses oozes and her knowledge will melt away all notions that Canada only makes cheddar. She’s been seen & heard on Rogers TV Daytime, CTV Morning Live, CBC Radio, RubyTV, is a keynote presenter at The Great Canadian Cheese Festival year after year, a judge at the 2013 Selection Caseus – Le Concours de Fromages Fins de Quebec. It has been noted by The Toronto Star that she is “openly fanatical about artisan cheese”. During her cheese tastings, Vanessa will show you the ’whey’ – introducing you to the fun-damentals of cheese appreciation in an informative and lively format while showcasing the best that Canada has to offer.  
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