Connecting to the Land: Traders Point Creamery
Traders Point Creamery owners Peter Kunz and Jane Elder-Kunz converted their inherited, Indiana farmland back into a working, organic farm starting in 1997. They sold their first glass-bottled, grass-fed, gently-pasteurized bottle of milk in 2003, before the local foods movement really took full swing. They may have blossomed at a perfect time; they are now successfully selling milk, yogurt, and cheese.
Fleur de la Terre: It means "flower of the land" and this sweet Gouda-type cheese has a bold sharpness not usually found in young Goudas. It melts over the tongue with the tingle of a cheddar. Also, its rind is permitted to mold and mature naturally, giving the cheese a much bolder flavor than wax-dipped Goudas. Fleur de la Terre won first place in the 2007 American Cheese Society competition for aged raw milk farmstead cheeses.