Our farmstead creamery operates 5+ days a week to produce gently pasteurized bottled milk and small batch artisan cheeses. Our signature products are described below, and we've got a lot of milk to play with so look out for experiments such as Eden Ice Cider washed-rind cheese, sweet cheddar, seasonally flavored farmer's cheese and much more!
Gently Pasteurized Cream-Top Whole Milk: We pasteurize 50 gallons of milk at a time and instead of heating the milk to 161 degrees we use a lower, 145 degree temp and hold it for at least thirty minutes. This ensures gentle handling of the natural biotic environment of our milk while still meeting FDA safe food processing and handling requirements. Cream-top (or cream-line) milk has not been homogenized. Homogenization is a high-pressure process that breaks apart the fat globules in the milk to create a uniform texture that does not separate. There have been some studies that link milk homogenization to increased dairy sensitivity, and homogenized milk is also considered to have a less pronounced milk flavor. Non-homogenized milk will naturally separate, creating a layer of delicious cream at the top that can be reserved for coffee, spread on toast, or used to make butter. It can be skimmed to create lowfat milk, or lightly shaken to mix before pouring.
Farmer's Cheese: SImilar to cream cheese, but without the added cream. This fresh, tangy, spreadable cheese comes in a variety of flavors. Try Garlicky Tomato, Vermont Herb, Hot Farmer (spicy), Lightly Salted, or our award-winning Nettle.
Solstice: A Sweet Rowen original, this basket tomme-style cheese is delicately washed with Eden Ice Cider lees (the dregs of a cider make). Aged for at least 90 days, this cheese has an initial yeasty and salty taste, with a sweet lactic finish.
Luna: A semi-soft "Geo"-ripened cheese, with an unctious texture and a hearty, umami-rich flavor profile. Aged for two weeks, with sweet floral undertones, this cheese would perfectly pair with a nice, crisp American lager.