The American food writer M.F.K. Fisher once wrote in How To Cook a Wolf, “cheese has always been a food that both sophisticated and simple humans love.” We think of this quote as cheese often plays a role in our dishes. From simple yet satisfying grilled cheese and tomato soup in the winter to oozing burrata over summer peaches come summer. Food lovers cannot live without cheese. Even a farmer’s platter can be simple or sophisticated! You have the perfect snack with a few wedges of cheese, salami, and crackers. Or take that farmer’s platter to new heights with fresh fruit, nuts, olives, fruit pate, and a sliced baguette. Luckily for the market community, there is no shortage of cheese or dairy-free cheese options in the market.
A couple of weeks ago, in Portland, the American Cheese Society gathered for their annual convention for the first time since 2019. Longtime vendor, Briar Rose Creamery, took home four medals! In addition, Briar Rose won three awards in North America’s best for their Fromage Blanc, Sheep Milk Feta, and bloomy rind sheep cheese Agness, and one silver medal for their sheep’s milk cheese, Brebis. Owner and cheesemaker Sarah Marcus began her career as a Cheesemonger for Cowgirl Creamery. She was then offered an internship at Cowgirl. Since then, she has traveled the world to learn and hone her skills as a cheesemaker. In 2008 she moved with her husband to Dundee, OR, to build Briar Rose Creamery – and we are so glad they did! You can expect to find their award-winning formage blanc at the market this Saturday.
Where else can you find authentic Swiss Alpine cheese outside of Switzerland? In Helvetia, of course, which translates to “Little Switzerland” in Latin. The Grossen family emigrated from the Berner Oberland in Switzerland in the late 1800s. They brought the tradition of making the Swiss Alpine Cheese “Bergkäese” from the Brown Swiss cows they milked. From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, a handful of farmers in the Helvetia area, including Grossens, produced cheese and would travel the dirt road with horses to sell in Portland. Located on a century farm, Helvetia Creamery is now owned and operated by its 6th generation of farmers and cheesemakers. Helvetia Creamery will have their trio of Swiss cheeses, Apfelheller Gruyere-style), Bergkäse (Alpine), and Käsli at the market this weekend.
Portland Creamery planted its roots in the Willamette Valley in 2011. Their primary goal has been simple: to produce the best quality chèvre from a single herd of prized goats and make it on the farm using traditional practices. They’ve remained steadfast in their approach to crafting quality chèvre, among other products. Portland Creamery’s chèvre lineup includes Oregon, Herbes de Provence, and in collaboration with New Seasons, their Sweet Fire chèvre, made with Marshall’s Habanero Haute Sauce and marionberries. In addition, keep on the lookout for seasonal offerings, including Tomato Jam chèvre made with fresh tomatoes from Heirloom Seedhouse in Ridgefield, WA.
Fraga Farmstead and Creamery is deeply committed to fostering the next generation of farmers through education and experience. The creamery consists of Steve Monahan (the Cheesemaker) & Elisabeth Bueschen-Monahan (the Herd Manager), and a handful of employees, interns, and WWOOFers. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, or the World Wide Organization of Organic Farms, is a loose network of national organizations facilitating homestays on organic farms. Fraga Farmstead Creamery is Oregon’s only certified organic goat dairy. They milk 72 very happy goats, turning the milk into a wide range of delicious cheese and treats as well as soap. They have been licensed Animal Welfare Approved since 2019. Fraga Farmstead Creamery’s lineup includes farmhouse-style goat cheeses, Goatzarella, chèvres, and raw goat’s milk feta. Their raw goat’s milk feta in brine is a popular item—a great accompaniment to watermelon salad or on its own for a perfect tangy treat.
Cultured Kindness was born when owner Justin Miller, a vegetarian since 14, couldn’t quite commit to becoming vegan out of his love for cheese. After much experimentation at home, Miller has crafted the ultimate non-dairy, cashew-based cheese. Once a hobby, Cultured Kindness is now Portland’s most popular vegan cheesemaker. Justin Miller and husband /co-owner Mike Mendiola have expanded offerings to include cheesecake, dips, and spreads. They partner with local farms to source fresh, organic ingredients whenever possible. Their cheeses and cheesecakes are soy-free, gluten-free, and palm oil-free. BFM Marketing Director, Kate Laubernds, has been enjoying their smoky spinach artichoke dip – great on a garden sandwich or as an appetizer with a warm baguette and crudités.
Female-owned and operated Mundus Foods exists to bring you nourishing and affordable spreads, cheeses, beverages, and dairy-free seasoning mixes. Mundus Foods vegan cheeses and queso are otherworldly! Their favorite summer treat is a toasted bagel with their Dairy-Free Mountain Berry Cream Cheese. Add a few slices of fresh berries on top!
Find these great cheese and cheese alternatives at the market this weekend!
The Beaverton Farmers Market
We will see you this Saturday at the Market from 8:30 AM-1:30 PM.
Let Us Give You a Hand!
On your next trip to the market, grab a reusable tote bag to haul your fresh goods home, courtesy of Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District. “We are proud supporters of local farmers’ markets – they are an essential part of our mission to create a sustainable, productive, and healthy environment for the Washington County community.”
The Beaverton Farmers Market Is Hiring!
The Beaverton Farmers Market is hiring! We are looking for just the right person to be the market bookkeeper.
The bookkeeper role is part-time and an in-person job with a flexible schedule.
We Dream of Sushi!
We are excited to welcome back Basics Market to host this week’s Market Sprouts activity! Get ready to roll! Fill crispy nori with all sorts of goodies to create a perfect handy meal for kiddos’ (or anyone’s) lunch box.
Part of the Wild Rose Food Company, Basics™ Market is a collection of area markets that feature curated fresh foods and pantry staples. Designed to help more people enjoy healthful meals at home, it finds the freshest, most flavorful ingredients, pairs them with simple recipes, and shares kitchen skills and nutrition knowledge. Basics support regional farmers, growers, and makers by sourcing products from farms that prioritize soil health, animal welfare, regenerative practices, and seasonal rhythms. Its popular in-house brands include Lulubelle’s™ Creamery, Gwendolyn’s™ Organic Eggs, Willamette Valley Cheese™, Silver Sage Farms™, Sunny Jim™, and more. Basics recipes are developed by the store’s in-house culinary team and evaluated for optimal health by our nutrition team. For more information visit www.basicsmarket.com and www.wildrosefoods.com.