Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co.

I often buy Fifth Town's cheeses here in Ottawa. Being lactose intolerant, having goat and sheep's cheese options that are so delectable is a real treat. So of course, I was pretty excited to visit their home.

The building itself is quite a bit smaller than what you would expect, given what they pump out of there. Each day is dedicated to one kind of cheese. They don't have the space, or the equipment to do more than that. We got to watch them in action from inside the store, which has a huge window framing the magic in progress.

At the far end of the counter, there they were, samples upon samples of yummy cheese. I tried to listen to the woman behind the counter explaining things, talking about what they do and how they do it. But I kept fading out, concentrating only on the flavours in my mouth.

We ended up leaving with a huge handful of goodies, a county maple bagel chèvre – a wonderful and healthier alternative to cream cheese, a cold smoked with Waupoos applewood goat cheddar, rich and creamy soft-ripened Lost Lake, hand rolled Lacey Grey and Vicki's Spring Splendour chèvre logs, Nettles Gone Wild, cave aged brushed rind Quint Crest, and the limited edition Lemon Fetish, perfect for sprinkling over a salad.

I'm looking forward to devouring all of these cheeses. They even gave me a list with the perfect wine pairing for each one. No better way to reminisce our time in Prince Edward County than sipping the wines we brought home and eating the cheeses that go beautifully with them.

4309 County Rd #8
Picton, Ontario

1 comment:

One of Ottawa's Real Foodies said...

Lucky duck! I just love Fifth Town's cheeses. It it great that we can get them in Ottawa and that our local chef's use them frequently. Road trip envy.