Photo Credit: Lake Fong for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Farm at Doe Run, located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania where there’s some of the finest farmland in the country, creates some of the most sought-after cheeses because of their philosophy of and dedication to sustainable farming. Samuel Kennedy and Matthew Hettlinger, the cheesemakers on the farm have perfected the art of original, farm fresh cheeses made from the milk of pasture-raised cows. Seven Sisters, one of their most well-known cheeses is produced using Jersey cow’s milk.
Described as a cross between Alpine and Gouda, Seven Sisters is enjoyed both young and aged. The cheese is aged in stone caves located below the dairy farm. The popular original by The Farm at Doe Run is firm, with a natural rind. Its flavor starts with sweet milk, moves to a butterscotch and nutty taste with a pinch of herbaceousness. The cheese is best paired with light ales and beers, as well as dry ciders. Seven Sisters has won “Best in Show” at the first annual cheese competition at the 2015 PA Farm Show in Harrisburg, PA, and debuted at this year’s American Cheese Society conference.