Baetje Farms' Blue Ribbon Winning Cheeses at ACS
Baetje Farms, a small dairy outside of St. Louis, brought home two blue ribbons from the American Cheese Society Conference last week for their Bloomsdale and Couer de la Creme cheeses. What is their secret to cheesemaking? It may be that they provide their well cared for goats with organic herbal tea. Read on to see what
Cheese & Champagne thought of Baetje's winning cheeses.
Baetje Farms is another small farmstead operation, owned by Steven and Veronica Baetje and located 45 miles from St. Louis. Their goats are well taken care of, some might even say spoiled, as the Baetjes supplement their fresh alfalfa and pasture diet with organic herbal tea. While their first cheeses were made from goats milk, they too have recently begun experimenting with sheeps milk — their newest cheese, Miette (pictured above), is a mixed goat and sheep-milk cheese that has a rich, cheesecake-like texture and delightful flavor.