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Raw Milk Tomme

With each passing week, we here at Livewater Farm & Dairy get to experience the first cut of yet another new wheel of aged cheese. This breaking of rind brings about an excitement which is  often met with a satisfaction or even pleasant surprise.  As the cheese maker gains experience, the wheels age to maturity ad the conditions are continually being refined and re-tuned, cutting in to each wheel is a new and exciting learning experience, and it only gets better as we go along.

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An cut wheel of Raw Milk Tomme #1 ready for markets.
This 20 lb wheel was aged approximately 160 days and really embodies the flavor and texture in a cheese we strive for; semi-firm creamy and blooming with rich, natural earthy flavors from our 100% grass fed cows milk.

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The most recent of our explorations into the cave brought us this small wheel of tomme # 10. Aged about 96 days this younger wheel provides a youthful less blended array of flavors, with defined earthy tones.

As our cheese making adventure continues we will further refine and isolate those characteristics of the cheese we wish to purvey, this involves defining a size, constant conditions and defined term of aging. However experimentation is always important so make sure to join us at the farm or farmers markets each week to keep your pallet up to date with the Livewater Raw Milk Tomme.

A word on maturity

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A rare gathering of the wheels while the aging
cooler was swiftly reorganized.

Maturity can be a matter of age, a cultural definition, a social standing, a level of experience etc. When it comes to Livewater Raw Milk Tomme it can be a matter of taste.
Traditionally a Tomme style cheese will age 4 to 6 months to achieve peak flavor and texture. In Vermont an Raw Milk Cheese must be aged 60 days minimum before sale. So even though it may be young after two months we opened one up anyway…

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This initial wheel of cheese, though young was already rich with flavor and aroma of Livewater farm and had a creamy moist texture. It was enjoyed.

Although on the young side the cheese was very eatable,  it only excited my anticipation for what a few more months may do to its development.

New Products!

This week we have several new items in addition to our already supplied Livewater farm-stand.

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Raw-milk aged Tomme cheese is now available!
Aged 75 days and counting, this 100% grass-fed
raw-milk cheese embodies the flavors of the farm-
land as well as possesses a uniqueness of its own.

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The success of our first boil, we have fresh maple syrup
available in our farm-stand: two grades in gallons, half-
gallons, quarts, pints and half-pints.