A Day A-Whey to Valley Shepherd Creamery
If your curiosity about American farmstead cheese extends beyond the reaches of the cheese counter, we have the antidote! Say bye-bye to hot sweltering New York and hello to the country with Saxelby Cheesemongers as we take you on a delicious day trip to the Valley Shepherd Creamery in Long Valley, New Jersey. We'll see some sheep, soak up some sun, and have a grand old picnic on the farm!
Valley Shepherd Creamery is a sustainable family farm producing farmstead cheese, yogurt, and gelato from their flock of East Fresian sheep. Our day trip will begin with a tour of the creamery guided by Eran, head honcho, reformed engineer, and cheese maker at Valley Shepherd. He'll give us the skinny on the cheese making process from sheep to finished product, revealing what it takes to make great farmstead cheese.
Next, we'll take a little stroll through the pastures to hobnob with the sheep and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. In early summer, the sheep will be out a-grazing, and their lambs will be getting into plenty of mischief in the barn. After spending some quality time with the sheep, we'll be treated to a private tour of Valley Shepherd's aging cave, where their award-winning cheeses are matured to perfection. Well finish up our farm tour by hiking down the hill to the barn to catch a glimpse of the afternoon milking, the first (but most important!) step of the laborious cheese making process.
As the afternoon begins to wane, we'll picnic on the farm's back porch, noshing on delectable farmstead cheese, freshly baked bread, along with salad and fruit culled from the Union Square Greenmarket. We'll provide all the munchables... just bring a bottle of wine to round out the picnic, and get ready to enjoy a glorious summers eve!
120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
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|Dog Friendly: No|
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