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Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for October 19th, 2009

California’s Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) is responsible for telling the world about the great milk being produced by California’s Happy Cows. But milk isn’t the only thing all those happy cows are producing, and the happy cows aren’t the only ones producing milk. California’s goats are also getting into the act, and California farmers are using milk from both cows and goats to produce some world-class cheeses – and we’ve got several great examples of Locally-made California Cheeses at the Certified Farmers’ Markets.


Winchester Farms
offers a variety of Gouda Cheeses, of various ages – some plain and some flavored with fresh herbs and spices. Locally-made organic cheeses are also available (at the Palm Desert market) from Spring Hill Farms. Choose from organic goat, organic cheddar, and organic feta. Organic butter is also available at the Mid-week Market in Palm Desert.


Did you know:
California is the second-largest cheese-producing state in the United States (and produces nearly a quarter of the cheese produced in the U.S.). The State also produces more Monterey Jack than any other state. Monterey Jack - a “California Original” - is a descendant of a type of cheese produced in the California missions more than 200 years ago. In 2008, California produced 292 million pounds of Monterey Jack cheese.



Price:
$10 per pound and up, depending on the variety.

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