11 Dec Say Cheese! Local Farmstead continues to win Gold
When you think of gold medals you may visualize an athlete standing on the top podium for their event. London-Laurel County applauds Wildcat Mountain Farmstead, a local working dairy farm, who excels in Farmstead Cheesemaking. They offer farm tours, retail store and cheese tastings.
Ronnie and Clara Patton began making artisan farmstead cheese in 2014. Ronnie is a third generation dairy farmer carrying on the family tradition his grandfather started in the late 1930s. Practicing sustainable farming methods such as rotational grazing, hay crop production and raising healthy calves has preserved the small dairy tradition in the Patton family. Clara is a self taught cheese-maker mastering the art of farmstead cheese production.
Wildcat Mountain Cheeses are made from quality milk produced by grass-fed Ayrshires, Holsteins, and Jersey cattle. Low temperature pasteurized whole milk produces rich and creamy cheese. Our traditional hand-crafted cheeses include Cheddar, Gouda, Colby, Bernstadt Swiss and fresh Cheese Curds. New additions include Victory and Pioneer Coffee Rub cheeses. The artisan cheeses are carefully produced, aged and hand-cut.
Kentucky State Fair 2019 – Gold Medal Alpine Cheese
Kentucky State Fair 2019 – Gold Medal Farmstead Flavored Cheese
Taste Southeast Kentucky – 2015 – Best Appetizer
The history about this “Bernstadt Swiss” and it’s name, East Bernstadt, KY was originally settled by the Swiss. Known for their wine and cheese making abilities, they brought all sorts of new flavors with them. Like with all recipes, each family has their own and Swiss cheese was no different. So, we took many old, local cheese recipes and created a blend of all the techniques and ingredients. By trial and error, we finally hammered down our recipe and named it the Bernstadt Swiss for it’s roots.
Somerset Aged Cheddar, Garlic Cheddar Pepper – State Fair Gold Award, Gouda, Bernstadt Swiss – State Fair Gold Award, Fresh Cheese Curds – Plain, Italian, Red Hot Victory Pioneer Coffee Rub, Traditional and White Cheddar, Colby