Some of our favorite European-style cheeses come from Spring Brook Farm in Reading, Vermont, Their Reading is an excellent expression of the Raclette style, while Spring Brook Tarentaise is inspired by the French cheese Abondance. And then there’s Ashbrook, a creamy raw cow’s milk cheese in the style of Morbier.
Named for a small French village, Morbier is distinguished by its buttery color, creamy taste and a dark, horizontal line made from vegetable ash or dye, running through the center. Ashbrook, which is made with raw milk from Jersey cows, also has a thin line of ash and, like the other cheeses from Spring Brook, does a fine job of paying tribute to the European original.
Creating these award-winning cheeses is just part of the mission at Spring Brook Farm. On the dairy’s website, farmsforcitykids.org, you can read about the Farms for City Kids program, which educates urban children about farm life and agriculture.