Photo: 5 Spoke Creamery
Cheese-making is getting closer to the city. Lisa Schwartz
of Rainbeau Ridge Farm
farms in areas surrounding New York City, such as Westchester County which borders Manhattan to the north. Recently, Alan Glustoff of 5 Spoke Creamery
finalized an agreement to operate the last remaining farmland in the county -- Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
For Manhattanites, this development means it will be easier to get a hold of Glustoff's Port Chester, an exceptional raw cow's milk cheese. Glustoff already produces small batches for city restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern
, Per Se
and Dirt Candy
and sells at select stores nationwide
"This bold cheese packs an olfactory journey to the field," says Glustoff. Indeed, the earthy taste has a lot to do with the cows' rich diet. "The Holsteins are on pasture during the grass season, which is roughly from early March until the end of November," Glustoff explains. "Their varied diet of different grasses, flowers and herbs contributes to Port Chester's flavor and appearance."