Ripened Disc (Hillman Farm)
Owned and run by Carolyn and Joe Hillman, Hillman Farms is a 45 acre farm located in the northeastern part of the Berkshires, in Massachusetts.
Carolyn and Joe have a herd of about 30 mixed American and French Alpine and Nubian goats that are allowed to browse through the farm's organic pastures and woodlands. This provides the goats with a varied diet and plenty of exercise and entertainment.
Cheeses are produced seasonally, by hand, from spring until fall, and made in small, 100 gallon batches. Carolyn makes the majority of the cheese and has studied cheesemaking in France, where she drew the inspiration for many of her cheeses.
Hillman Farms produces a variety of both soft, younger cheeses and the more aged Harvest.
Ripened Disc is a 5oz. disc. The rind is a mix of geotricum and white candidum mold and, like the Flora, is delicate. The texture is smooth and moist, and, with age, breaks down to become runny, almost scoop-able.
Flavors are aromatic, herbaceous and floral in the spring, becoming more assertive in the fall with the late lactation milk.