October 15th is National Cheese Curd Day!

In a recent article, Craig Culver (co-founder of Culver’s), proclaimed that October 15th is National Cheese Curd Day. And, we’re pretty happy about that.

We love cheese in all forms, from bricks, to wheels, to strings, to cut-outs. But, the cheese curd has always been near and dear to our hearts. Is there really anything better than opening a fresh pack of curds and hearing that sweet squeeky sound as you take your first bite? So, this Thursday, come and stop by our pantry and cafe and pick up a fresh pack of cheese curds to celebrate this great day. Maybe the boss will even give us a day off…

Marieke Gouda Takes Home Four Awards At 2015 American Cheese Society Conference & Competition!

Marieke Penterman and her team at Marieke Gouda have earned four awards at the American Cheese Society’s Conference, held from July 31st-August 2nd in Providence, Rhode Island. The event, known as the “Oscars of the Cheese Biz,” included 1,779 cheese and dairy product entries from 267 companies. Entries were ranked by technical and aesthetic judges, all experts in the cheese indus…try.

Marieke Gouda swept the entire class for International Style with Flavor Added, All Milks with the following cheeses:

1st Place– Marieke Gouda Foenegreek which has slightly sweet, nutty flavor reminiscent of maple syrup
2nd Place–Marieke Gouda Cumin
3rd Place– Marieke Gouda Jalapeño

Marieke Gouda was also awarded a 2nd place in the Farmstead class for its 9-12 month Aged Gouda. This was a new class at this year’s ACS designed to acknowledge farmstead farmers and cheesemakers who only use their own cows’ milk to create their cheeses.