Pastoral takes pride in carrying an array of various types of cheese to serve your gourmet needs. Whether it’s pillowy goat cheese, salty Manchego cheese or crumbly Cabot cheese wrapped in cloth, our carefully chosen selections showcase the bounty of artisans who produce hand-crafted types of cheese from around the world. Rustic and traditional French and Italian cheeses may garner the most love, and rightly so, but here at Pastoral we also believe in a sourcing a wide variety of sustainably produced local cheeses from right here in the USA.
$9.99Judy Schad, owner of Capriole, is a pioneer in the recent American artisan cheesemaking movement. Beginning with the desire to create a sustainable lifestyle for her family, Judy started making handmade goat cheese using the milk from her farm’s goats in the late 1970s. Today, that herd of goats has grown to over 400 Alpine, Saanen and Nubian goats, yet her dedication to farmstead cheesemaking and respect for her land and animals remains the same. The Wabash Cannonball is a fantastic example of the delightful variance that is characteristic of artisan products. With a texture ranging from chalky to smooth and flavors that are earthy and lemony, this ash-coated, soft-ripened boulet carries the expression of the land of Wabash River Valley to your table. Learn More
$10.99**Festival Feature!** You can taste the salty ocean breeze in this American treasure made on a beautiful farm overlooking the Pacific. A collaboration of master cheesemaker Monte McIntyre and perhaps the world's most contented cows. Located in one of the country’s epicenters for natural, artisan food, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company utilizes their certified organic, San Francisco Bay area land as a pasture on which their cows graze. The raw milk is gathered each morning and turned into their original blue cheese within hours. The aging process, however, takes six months, with the initial three weeks dedicated to hand-salting, turning, and piercing the wheels. The result is a creamy, mild, yet full-flavored blue that’s easy to enjoy by itself or included in your own American Artisan recipe. Learn More