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August 25, 2021

Locally Produced Farmstead Artisan Chevré Cheese Provides Superior Quality & Value as Reported in Portland Restaurant Forum

In this age of advanced technology and mass production, there is a unique quality dairy nestled in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, approximately 50 miles from Portland. Located near Silver Falls State Park, Silver Falls Creamery is a small farm that produces delicious, farmstead artisan goat cheese. Their goat cheese is made in the “European-style,” velvety smooth and with a delicate texture, and uniquely delicious! Goat cheese, also known as chevré (French for goat) is characterized by its stark white color and tangy flavor. Goat cheese devotees swear by its excellent and complex taste.

(PRWEB) August 25, 2021 -- In this age of advanced technology and mass production, there is a unique quality dairy nestled in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, approximately 50 miles from Portland. Located near Silver Falls State Park, Silver Falls Creamery is a small farm that produces delicious, farmstead artisan goat cheese. Their goat cheese is made in the “European-style,” velvety smooth and with a delicate texture, and uniquely delicious! Goat cheese, also known as chevré (French for goat) is characterized by its stark white color and tangy flavor. Goat cheese devotees swear by its excellent and complex taste.

The Silver Falls Creamy is one of the few in the state making fresh goat cheese. Unlike aged cheese, fresh cheese is ready to eat after ripening a few days or weeks. Also, unlike most cheeses, this is farmstead cheese, meaning that all the cheese is made from goats that are raised and milked on the same farm by the people that make the cheese. This translates into top quality goat cheese. The “farmstead” designation lets consumers know that they are buying from a small creamery where quality control can be assured from start to finish.

What does top quality mean? It is the hygiene of the cheese making process. Quality in goat cheese means providing consistent taste year around. This is achieved by having control over the flavor and texture of the cheese because they have control over the prime ingredient, the milk. The milk controls the quality of the cheese, and Silver Falls Creamery makes their goat cheese from only fresh goat’s milk, not frozen curds as some larger dairy’s do. By carefully controlling what the goats eat and by also controlling the breeding process, and providing a stress free, free grazing environment, the creamery is able to provide fresh goat’s milk throughout the year with no milking down time. Silver Falls Creamery is presently milking 45 goats twice a day, at 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and producing more than 60 lbs of fresh cheese per day, 7 days per week.

The Silver Falls Creamery came about from a group of friends that combined their various abilities of farming, marketing, and cheese making to make up this unique family. The creamery’s commercial operation is less than a year old, but the “spark” of creation actually began in 1995 when Shawn Hanowell acquired his first two goats. After several years of experimenting with the goats and goat cheese making, the “family” was ready to jump in full force and begin commercial sales.

Shawn Hanowell is the husbandryman and breeder, and he oversees the main operation of the farm and the goats, making the critical decisions on what to feed them and when to breed in order to maintain their award-winning quality. Much of Shawn's time is spent breeding, feeding, and caring for the goats. They raise three certified and award winning breeds; all are carefully managed and feed to produce quality milk with desired milk components. This produces a cleaner and leaner chevré. If the fat content is not carefully managed the cheese may become overwhelming and pungent.

Carrie McVay is the cheesemaker. Her careful attention to detail has produced the most wonderful tasting goat cheese. The dairy's fresh fromage blanc cheese is creamy, mild, and most suitable for pastry, cheese cakes and tortes. The chevré is sold in Plain, Chipotle, Garlic-Herb, and Rosemary-Peppercorn. You’ll be delighted when tasting the outstanding chipotle chevré with just the right amount of “kick” - but doesn’t overwhelm. Additionally the fromage blanc is finding its way into recipes of pastry chefs of the region in many deserts, cheese cakes and fruit tarts. Rachel Ray of the Food Network’s $40 per Day show fell in love with Silver Fall’s Chipotle chevré while dining at Morton’s Bistro in Salem in October of 2004 and featured an Oregon fish entree including Silver Falls chevré.

Did you Know?
When compared to cow's milk products like cream cheese, goat cheese is lower in fat, calories and cholesterol. It also provides more calcium and fewer carbohydrates than cream cheese. Even though goat cheese has fewer calories, it has a full, rich and creamy flavor.

Goat cheeses are easier to digest than cow's milk cheeses because the fat cells and protein molecules are smaller and thereby more closely resemble human milk. This also allows the product to be more easily digested.

Many people who are lactose intolerant or have other milk-related allergies can eat cheeses made from goat milk.

Using and Storing goat Cheese:
Fresh artisan goat cheeses are not usually aged, so they are fresh and creamy looking with a fairly mild, salty flavor. To store, you need to protect the cheese from air with the original wrappings, plastic wrap, or wax paper. Remove from refrigerator one hour before serving. Discard any cheese that develops an off-odor, strange colors, or more than a touch of mold.

For longer storage, freeze your goat cheese. It will hold for a few weeks with no appreciable change. The cheese can be frozen in small packages (in quantities of one pound or less). As long as the cheese is in good condition and tightly wrapped, its flavor, texture, and moisture content will remain unchanged. Thaw goat cheese slowly. Leave it undisturbed in the refrigerator until thawed. Whatever you do, let the cheese warm to at least to room temperature before serving to maximize the flavor. All goat cheeses are heat sensitive and can becomes grainy and separate when overheated. When using in recipes, heat until just soft.

Local Support:
Silver Falls Creamery has already made a name among cheese connoisseurs in the Portland/Salem area. In Portland, Whole Foods Market and the New Seasons Market carry their goat cheese. They also sell it at local Farmers Markets in Hillsboro and McMinnville.

Goat cheese is being used in the kitchens of some of the most famous restaurant in the U.S., as Americans have enthusiastically embraced the taste of goat cheese in their favorite dishes, including pizza, panni, ravioli, sauces, and appetizers. Fresh goat cheese also pears wonderfully with other local products that are unique and truly a gift of our region including our one of kind pairs, our fabulous hazelnuts and Northwest free-range chicken and wild northwest fish. Of course completed as well by our fantastic Oregon wines and fine local microbrews. Everyday, more and more people discover the delights of goat cheese, thus continuing the demand for it. As we developed this article it provided another example of how fortunate we are to have these gifts readily available. We must support our partners in the fields and the farms to maintain the healthiest environment and business. Support you local partners!

By buying fresh, locally produced goat cheese; you will get great cheese while supporting your local farmers. Local artisan goat cheeses may be more expensive than their mass produced counterparts, but they offer much more in flavor, diverse textures and menu appeal when they are presented as the "featured" ingredient on your menu items.

To have this wonderful Silver Falls Creamery goat cheese delivered directly to your restaurant, contact:


To contact Silver Falls Creamery directly:
T. J. Sullivan
Marketing Manager
503-881-9911

Posted by Industrial-Manufacturing at August 25, 2021 05:59 AM

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