At a time when everything seems to be mass produced and filled with additives, preservatives, and all sorts of other potentially harmful and quality-reducing ingredients, it's never been more important for people to take a deep look at what they eat. After all, as the old saying goes, you are what you eat. Eating good quality products prepared and produced in the right way will be much better for your overall health than eating low quality items.
This is especially true when it comes to cheese. One of the oldest forms of food around, good quality cheese needs time and patience to be created. It can't be rushed, even though there are still plenty of manufacturers out there trying to speed up the process by any means necessary, forcing cattle into small, cramped barns and feeding them low quality food, resulting in weaker and poorer cheeses overall. Over at Sweet Grass Dairy, however, cheese is being made in all the right ways.
Based out of Thomasville in Georgia, Sweet Grass Dairy is a cheese-maker and cheese shop, producing an incredible line-up of six delicious cheeses with grass-fed cows and pure methods. Focused on quality over quantity and patience over speed, Sweet Grass Dairy is setting a fine example for other cheese-makers to follow and proving that when you really invest time, love, and care into the production of a cheese, it's infinitely better than any mass-produced alternative on the market.
The Sweet Grass Dairy Story
The history of Sweet Grass Dairy begins with husband and wife duo Al and Desiree Wehner. Back in the early 1990s, Al and Desiree decided to try a new kind of farming; they set their cows free on the grass and reaped the rewards of intensive grazing management. It didn't take long for them to start seeing the benefits. They quickly realized that by setting the cows free and simply letting them live out their lives in a natural, pure way, everyone was a winner.
The climate conditions of South Georgia helped to make this form of farming even more effective, and the Sweet Grass Dairy brand was born a few years later, in 2000. Al and Desiree were excited to get to work on producing some of the best cheese around, with their grass-fed cows sure to produce some of the finest milk in the state. The cheese produced swiftly became hugely popular, and the dairy was passed down to the Wehners daughter, Jessica, and her husband, Jeremy Little, in 2005.
Continuing the tradition of the Wehners, the Littles aimed to adhere to the traditional values and grass-fed system that had made the dairy so successful and popular, while expanding the offerings to include even more cheeses. They also dreamed of opening their open restaurant, and that dream was brought to life in 2010 with the opening of the Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop in the heart of historic Thomasville back in 2010.
Nowadays, as well as running the Cheese Shop, Sweet Grass Dairy produces six core cheeses, selling and shipping its products to no less than 38 states and winning plenty of awards for quality in the process. It's one of the most trusted names in the cheese industry, and once you've tried some Sweet Grass Dairy cheese for yourself, you'll want more and more.
Sweet Grass Dairy Cheeses
Sweet Grass Dairy currently produces a selection of six core cheeses. Handcrafted to perfection with the milk of grass-fed cows that are free to roam around pastures all year long, these cheeses represent a lot of time, care, passion, and patience, and you can really taste the difference. The cheeses can be ordered online, with various gift boxes and hampers available to choose from, along with the option to even make your own custom gift box, choosing the cheeses and extras you like the most. Read on to learn a little more about each of the six Sweet Grass Dairy high quality Georgia cheeses.
The Green Hill cheese from Sweet Grass Dairy can bes be compared to a camembert. A double cream cheese, Green Hill features a smooth, buttery flavor and texture and has won awards for its quality. Perfect on a crisp, crunchy baguette with a glass of wine by the side, this cheese is a must-try.
Asher Blue, as the name suggests, is a blue cheese with a texture and consistency that falls somewhere between 'creamy' and 'crumbly'. Rich blue veins spread out through the core of this delightful cheese, which has just the right strength and saltiness to provide total satisfaction without being overbearing.
The 'Tomme' is one of the most popular cheeses over in France and you can enjoy it for yourself, Georgia-style, in the form of Sweet Grass Dairy's Thomasville Tomme. This semi-soft cheese, features a natural rind and is aged for 2-3 months to allow the full richness of its flavor to develop before being shipped out to customers around the country.
The Lil' Moo cheese is one of the Sweet Grass Dairy's most unique offerings. Formed in a soft, spread-like consistency, this cow's milk cheese is creamy and tangy, with a little kick to set it apart from a classic cream cheese offering. It can work perfectly as a spread on breads or crackers, as well as making a fine addition to all sorts of recipes.
The Pimento cheese is an exciting offering from Sweet Grass Dairy that really bucks the trend of traditional cheese-making. This cheese spread begins life as Thomasville Tomme, which is ground down and mixed up with milk, mayonnaise, piquillo peppers, and Spanish pimeton to create a spicy, fiery spread.
Last but not least, Griffin is quite similar to Thomasville Tomme in appearance and texture, but is a little firmer and maltier in flavor due to the addition of Terminus Porter to the creation process. Featuring a distinctly malty flavor, this cheese stands out from the pack as a truly unique creation.
The Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop
Located at 123 South Broad Street, Thomasville, GA 31792 (229 228 6704), the Sweet Grass Cheese Shop opened up in 2010. Doubling up as both a hangout spot and friendly pub serving high quality food and drink all through the day, the Cheese Shop is one of the most popular places in all of the city and a wonderful location to visit if you'd like to experience authentic southern hospitality, amazing meals, and a friendly environment. The Cheese Shop is open from Tuesday through to Sunday of each week, only closing on Mondays. It's open from 11am to 9pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 11am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays; and 12pm to 3pm on Sundays.
Offering an excellent selection of white and red wines, craft beers, cocktails, and spirits, the Cheese Shop is a super spot to hang out and enjoy a drink with friends, colleagues, and family members, but it's also a prime location to enjoy some fine dining too. Guests can choose from both a regular food menu and a separate brunch menu. The former offers a good range of starters, mains including burgers and salads, options for kids, and a variety of cheese and charcuterie platters. The brunch menu, meanwhile, offers some lighter bites like sandwiches and salads, as well as some tasty appetizers and other options. No matter when you visit or what you choose, you’ll be guaranteed great service and excellent food. website