Northern Jersey's Bobolink Dairy
Most people don't connect New Jersey with dairy farming, but the Garden State can claim cheese credentials with Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse, a cheesemaker that's earned praise from the likes of Michael Pollan, Anthony Bourdain and Gourmet Magazine. What's their secret?
You'll taste the grass from the milk of grazing cows in the Frolic. The soft Amram surprises with a lively fermented flavor. The cave-aged cheddar falls off in chunks with a full sharpness. And in a few months, all these cheeses might taste much different — longer aging makes them deep and complex, sometimes even chocolaty.
"If you try to make it more consistent, it's just not going to be as interesting," said Nina White, who runs the Hunterdon County farm with her husband, Jonathan.