Thistle Hill Farm, LLC Organic Tarentaise Cheese
Thistle Hill Farm Tarentaise is an aged, raw milk, farmstead organic cheese which is handmade by John and Janine Putnam on their family farm in North Pomfret, Vermont from the certified organic milk of their grass fed Jersey cows.
certified organic raw milk, culture, rennet (animal based), and salt for aging
Sizeappx. 8-10 oz
Tarentaise is a unique American farmstead cheese which reflects the Terroir of Pomfret Vermont and Thistle Hill Farm. The combination of climate, cows, feed and the traditional unmechanized methods of making Tarentaise result in a cheese which can be most closely associated with the Alpine cheeses of France. Unlike cheeses made solely on stored feed, Tarentaise is denser, softer and richer in its perfumes than its commercial brethren. Tarentaise is unique to Pomfret, Vermont - its soil, geography climate and flora combine to give Tarentaise its characteristic smooth, subtle nut flavor and complex finish. Following the traditions of the Savoie region of the French Alps, Tarentaise is made in a copper vat, which is essential to the development of the proper flavor. The Putnams also make their own traditional rennet using the whey from the previous cheesemaking. Much as bakers use sourdough starter, this difficult process lends a complexity of flavor to the cheese which cannot otherwise be created. The curds used to make Tarentaise are taken by hand from the vat in a large cheese cloth to the fore press. The cheeses are then turned up to five times in molds imported from France which create the distinctive concave sides which Tarentaise shares with Beaufort and Abondance, two fine cheeses of the Savoie. The aging room, where the cheeses reside for at least five months, is made mostly of stone and contains only Tarentaise. During the aging process, the cheeses are turned and scrubbed a minimum of twice each week to develop its natural rind and warm butterscotch color. From its humble beginnings as organic raw milk, to its natural aging and rind development, no preservatives, synthetic flavors or additives are added to Thistle Hill Farm Tarentaise. No herbs hide its flavor; no waxes or plastics simplify the aging process. From the hay that feeds the cows, to the end result, everything is done on the farm by the Putnam family.
November 18, 2018 by Jacqueline
I recently took a trip on part of the Vermont Cheese Trail and visited Thistle Hill Farm. I had the great good fortune to meet John and Janine and see their operation. John is incredibly open and friendly and we chatted easily about his life making cheese. I bought a piece of cheese directly from him, and am savoring every bite. This cheese is the real deal -- made by farmers from the ingredients they grew and nurtured to make this delicious food.
October 27, 2018 by Elizabeth
My husband's favorite cheese.