Get your groove on: New flavored goat cheeses from Cypress Grove
Cheeseheads know Cypress Grove Chevre mainly through its flagship Humboldt Fog, a creamy, richly flavored ripened cheese with a distinctive blue line of vegetable ash running through the center. Certainly, that is one of America’s great artisan cheeses, but Cypress Grove does more than Humboldt Fog.
There are other ripened cheeses, such as Bermuda Triangle and Truffle Tremor, and the longer-aged Lamb Chopper and Midnight Moon. All great cheeses, but among my favorites are the fresh goat cheeses the creamery also makes, both the plain chevre (called Ms. Natural) and most especially the Purple Haze, flavored with lavender and fennel pollen.
Just lately creamery founder Mary Keehn has added a couple of new flavors to her repertoire: Sgt. Pepper, flavored with different chiles, and PsycheDillic, flavored with dill pollen and dried dill leaves. If you’re noticing a certain thread running through the names, well, Cypress Grove is located in Humboldt County.
The fresh chevres run about $6.50 for a quarter-pound disc and are available wherever fine cheeses are sold, as well as through the creamery website. Order the Flashback Six-Pack Special through the creamery website and you get all six fresh chevres plus a pair of tinted granny glasses for $75.
-- Russ Parsons
Photo credit: Cypress Grove Chevre