We have a soft spot for other brands that are handmade in the US, and speaking of soft, you may have heard of, or even tried, an American-made cheese known as Humboldt Fog. Described as an elegant, soft, surface ripened cheese, Humboldt Fog is made by Cypress Grove Chevre in Arcata, CA, a small town in Northern Humboldt County. The company specializes in making small batches of handcrafted goat’s milk cheeses with as little use of mechanical equipment as possible.
The founder of Cypress Grove Chevre, Mary Keehn, started raising goats for milk in the 1970’s when nearly all goat cheese available in the states was imported from Europe. What started as an attempt to find a nutritious source of milk for her children, eventually turned into a love of making cheese. Cypress Grove cheeses have won numerous awards, most recently a Best in Class at the World Championship Cheese Contest for the Humboldt Fog.
The creative names they have chosen for cheeses such as Purple Haze, Lamb Chopper, and Bermuda Triangle give us a laugh, and we also love the fun facts on the website. Where else could we learn that a baby goat is called a kid, or that love of cheese is called ‘turophilia’? You can find Humboldt fog and other Cypress Grove Chevre cheese at local restaurants or on their online store.