The Foodie

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The Foodie: An Artisanal Cheese Revival

July 16, 2008
by Colleen Brondou
As more and more people seek to buy local and eat local, it’s no surprise that small-production farms are popping up all over the United States. Thankfully for cheese lovers, cheesemakers are following suit. The craft of artisanal cheesemaking is alive and thriving in the United States, producing a huge variety of top-notch cheeses that rival their European forebears. Let findingDulcinea take you on a tour of artisanal cheeses and show you how to make them and where to buy them.

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Buying directly from your local artisanal cheesemaker can often save you money, ensure that you get a fresh product and help you support small local businesses. Online Yellow Pages and map sites like Google Maps or MapQuest can help you find a cheese shop or farmer’s market in your area. Another option is to try Smalldairy.com. The site has a directory of small creameries around the country. Cheeses are listed by milk type (cow, goat, sheep and water buffalo or yak) and include a description, the dairy location and a link to the associated Web site.
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