Last Sunday Matt and I took a ride out to Hunterdon County to visit the new home of Bobolink Dairy. The dairy recently moved from leased land in Vernon, NJ to its permanent home in lovely Milford, NJ. The dairy specializes in artisanal raw-milk cheeses from grass fed cows and freshly baked rustic breads. We attended the "Meat and Greet" which entailed a tour of the dairy and a tasting of cheeses, meats and breads. The tickets were $5 a person and we sampled fabulous products and got to take home a loaf of fresh baked bread - what a bargain! I also learned a lot! Despite the rainy weather and the slip sliding through the mud, we had a great time.
Nina and her husband Jonathan are the owners and they are extremely passionate about their work at the dairy. The quality of their cheeses is attributable to the condition of the cows which live a stress free life out in pastures. The domain of their website is cowsoutside.com - and that is just what you find at the dairy - cows outside. The cows do not receive antibiotics or hormones and eat the grass in the fields, as they should. Jonathan has a long history of making award winning artisanal cheeses. He started out making his cheeses with ordinary milk. Running his own dairy has given him complete control over the quality of the milk and its handling at every point resulting in the best possible cheeses.
If you get the chance, Bobolink is a great place to visit. Their cheeses also can be shipped and would be great for the holidays. They are also at the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC on Fridays. I brought home the Jean-Louis (amazing!) and the world's best cave-ripened cheddar. The breads are also fantastic. We brought home the Rosemary Epi and the Cranberry Walnut. I froze them and have been indulging on delicious hunks warmed in the oven - so good! I grew up in Hunterdon County and it is so nice to see that one of the old farms is being preserved and worked by such nice, passionate people. We are also fortunate that we have some of the world's best cheese right here in NJ.