|Wheels and Wheels of Tarentaise Cheese|
|Jersey cows at Thistle Hill Farm|
|A Unique Way to Add Humidity to the Aging Room|
Seeing the aging room was a real treat. Wheels and wheels of Tarentaise and a delicious, savory aroma greeted us when we opened the door. As John walked through the wheels he carefully eyed up his cheese, inspecting this year's new batches and the batches from the previous year. Living a few yards from the barn and aging room, John is able to keep a close watch on the progress of the wheels.
There are lots of cheese operations in Vermont, but Thistle Hill is one of those rare truly farmstead cheeses (what the French would call a fermier cheese). The day before we visited, John and his sons were making hay from their fields to feed the herd in winter.
|Tarentaise Cheese: Look at that Color!|