Images above: Goat herd and cheeses from Nut Knowle Farm
Guest blog by Donna Freed
Our 21 November Chiswick Cheese Market (Cheesewick) is the biggest market yet with all 36 stalls taken.
We are thrilled to welcome Nut Knowle Farm to the market. Jenny Jenner makes an astonishing 14 different varieties of vegetarian, pasteurised goats milk cheese from her herd of goats in East Sussex. Established in 1979, the dairy produces prize-winning goats cheeses to suit every palate.
Look out for the Saint George, a camembert-style cheese that is matured for two weeks – eat it young or leave it to mature. Nut Knowle offer a goat cheese for everyone: from the mild and delicate (Saint Stephen), or the smoky (Gun Hill) to the rustic and powerful (Wealden) or for the more adventurous (Aspire – a strong tasting cheese that will grow natural moulds).
Image above: The Dorset Dairy Co
Bring a bottle
Also new to the market this month is the Dorset Dairy Co, an ethical, organic and sustainable dairy whose primary aim – beyond a happy and healthy herd of Holstein Friesians – is to produce fresh natural dairy products processed on their own farm.
To Dan, the third generation of his family on Crib House farm, it seemed squanderous to send off tankers of under-valued milk, so instead they started to make Dorset Strained Yoghurt, which in turn which gave rise to fermented Dorset Cultured Cream and churned Dorset Cultured Butter. Best of all, they will be bringing their organic milk. Bring a (clean!) bottle that can hold either a pint or litre to fill at the market.
Image above: Olive oil from The Oil Merchant
From global to local
We love local and since 1984, when Charles Carey sold his Cornish farm, he has been importing the finest, small producer olive oils from Tuscany and now South Africa, nut oils from France and balsamic vinegar from Modena. Based just off the Goldhawk Road, The Oil Merchant focuses on small producers who create sumptuous products with love, care and attention. His comestibles will add a touch of luxurious decadence to your table.
As well as our regular trader Bradgate Woodcraft, Kin Boards are bringing their high-quality, hand-crafted cutting boards to the market. Their bespoke chopping and serving boards are used in all of Tom Kerridge’s restaurants and Claridge’s.
Cheesewick is back. Marlow Cheese, how we have missed you and your signature market cheese, the CHEESEWICK – the truffled brie made with truffles from Thee Olive Tree (who also bring the La Latteria cheeses). The beautifully designed and crafted modern cheeses are inspired by life along the Thames. Welcome back!
Images above: Ealing Relish Company
Christmas is coming
Christmas is coming early in the form of Christmas Chutney from the Ealing Relish Company. For cheese lovers, chutney is a must so give the gift that will make your cheese board come to life. Gift boxes are available.
December tasting – book now. Robin Skailes of the legendary Cropwell Bishop Creamery, who have been making Stilton and blue cheese in the traditional way for three generations, will guide you through his award-winning cheeses in The Crown, opposite the market.
Enrico Messaro of Heritage Cheese, who will be sponsoring the tasting, is known as the King of Cheese but hails Robin Skailes as the ‘God of Cheese’. Robin will be bringing his heavenly Cropwell Bishop Blue Stilton, Beauvale and Blue Shropshire to the tasting. He will be at the market throughout the day and his cheeses will be available to purchase from the Heritage Cheese stall.
Tickets £8, 12.00-1.00 pm, Sunday 19 December at The Crown, Chiswick. Tickets available on Eventbrite.
Image above: Chiswick Cheese Market; photograph David Insull
Beyond the market
The Roebuck has embraced the Cheesewick-vibe for winter with an alpine pop-up bar and kitchen: The Moose Hut. In their own words:
“Overindulge on Raclette, Tartiflette, Fondue and stone-baked soughdough pizza from our Savoyard Kitchen. Our Alpine themed garden is fully covered, heated, and lit for the colder months.”
These are words to melt our cheesy hearts! Bring on the mountains of melted cheese, please! Come to the Cheese Market headquarters to claim your discount for The Roebuck on market day.
As with all our markets, our cheese curators have worked with all the traders – loyal regulars and newcomers alike – to ensure that you get the widest possible selection of cheeses and cheese accoutrements and accompaniments and there will once again be more than 100 distinct varieties of cheese on offer.
We look forward to welcoming you to the market and to the delights of the Chiswick High Road and surrounds. It’s Cheesewick time!
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