Recently Amelia, Adam & I trekked up to Ronks, Pennsylvania, where we were treated to a tour & tasting at Linden Dale Farm. Linden Dale Farm produces a variety of goat’s milk cheeses, one of which we carry in the store- Linden Dale Tomme. During our visit we tasted through their other cheeses, watched a few cheeses being made & aged, and of course, pet some adorable goats.
We were graciously shown around by the owners & operators- Andrew & Mary Mellinger. Inside of their cheese room we watched Andrew cut curd and mold cheeses. Then we tasted their entire line, from goat mozzarella to feta to their Valencay style cheese to their aged tomme. Each cheese was a standout, and it wasn’t hard to imagine why after tasting a little of their raw goat’s milk. It was incredibly fresh & clean- easily the best milk I have ever tasted. All of these great qualities from the milk translate very well into their cheeses, which were full-flavored & bright. Their Linden Dale Tomme was by far my favorite, (which works out well for me since we brought 3 wheels back to The Wine Source). The Tomme is their aged goat’s milk cheese that is dense, creamy in texture with a hint of caramel & hazelnuts. Be sure to stop in & ask for a taste.
Overall the trip was a great success, & we were all impressed with the Mellingers’ ingenuity in their cheesemaking & their hospitality towards three random cheesemongers from Baltimore. We are hoping to carry a few more of their products in the future, so keep an eye out for any label marked Linden Dale Farm- you won’t be disappointed.