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
$9.99**Festival Feature!** The unique flavors of this cheddar exemplify how the creativity and imagination of American cheesemakers can result in unexpected and exceptional cheese. Both sharp and nutty, creamy and crystalline, Prairie Breeze is made by Galen Musser, the son of Milton Creamery’s owner. Less than a year after Milton Creamery opened, Galen took over the cheesemaking process at the young age of 16, and just a few years later, his Prairie Breeze took the Best Cheddar award at the American Cheese Society’s 2009 competition. Made with fresh milk from neighboring Amish farmers who hand milk their cows, we are glad this Davenport Farmers’ Market favorite has moved into the national spotlight. Try pairing Prairie Breeze with a fruit forward Merlot. Learn More