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by Kelly Senyei
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Photos: Cheese/Karen Weinberg; Onions/Sierra Madre Grocery Company; Maple Syrup/Patti Fuller, Fuller’s Sugarhouse; Chips/Doehne Duckworth; Mushrooms/Alan Campbell
We recently hit the Web to find the five best farm–made foods from coast to coast. Not only did the items have to be made by reputable producers, but they also had to survive a trip through the mail to arrive in superb shape in our New York City office. Of the ten we ordered, some lasted; others perished.
After assessing the ease of ordering online, how well the packaging protected the products, and of course, the flavors, texture, and all–around quality of the item, we narrowed our choices to the following eclectic mix of favorites, including creamy cheeses, exotic mushrooms, and spicy veggie chips, all available with the click of a mouse.
3–Corner Field Farm: Battenkill Brebis Cheese
Farmers Karen Weinberg and Paul Borghard are the masterminds behind the 100–acre 3–Corner Field Farm in Shushan, New York, where they tend more than 150 sheep and 300 lambs. And it is from those grass–fed animals’ raw milk that they make a wide variety of fresh and ripened cheeses, including our favorite: Battenkill Brebis. The cheese is handmade in small batches and aged in a dark, cool cavelike environment. Light with just a hint of grassy tang, the Battenkill Brebis is a well–balanced cheese that’s firm to the touch but with a creamy mouth feel.
Price: $22.50/pound (sold in wedges or 6–pound wheels) Continue reading
Where to buy: 3-Corner Field Farm online store