For cheese fans who have trouble getting to one of our farmers' markets, we can offer several different cheese CSA opportunities.
2014 will be the fifth season that we have partnered with Hatchet Cove Farm in Warren to offer a "cheese add-on" to their farm CSA. Shares are purchased through their farm, and are in addition to buying a basic farm CSA. They also offer eggs, chicken, beef, pork, bread and mushroom add-ons. Please see their website for signing up. www.hatchetcovefarm.com
Village Farm in Freedom is also offering a cheese add-on through their CSA program this season.
We will again be offering a cheese CSA available for pickup weekly at Hopes Edge Farm during their CSA pickup hours.
In addition to our own product line of award-winning goat cheeses, we create cow milk cheeses from milk from local cow dairies. Sadly, we have lost our source of sheep milk for 2014, so will not be offering sheep cheese.
All CSAs run for 18 or 19 weeks beginning in mid-June, and our CSA subscribers will receive approximately 10 to 14 oz of artisan cheese a week, depending on variety and piece size. Some of our award-winning cheeses include: chevre in olive oil, chevre spreads, mixed milk tomme, Camdenbert in both goat and cow milk, halloumi, feta, gouda, havarti, yogurt, ricotta, mozzarella, and new varieties that we are testing out. We try to mix up offerings each week to avoid repetition, and if there is a week when we are short on cheese, we will fill in with another artisan Maine cheese.
We provide insulated lunch bags to deliver your cheese, as we are aware that many of our customers would like us to reduce our use of plastic. The bags are intended to be returned to us (clean!) and reused. You will also receive weekly cheese notes via email, describing the weeks cheese, along with storage and serving tips.
To sign-up directly for a Hope's Edge CSA pickup, please download and return this form.
All CSAs begin sometime mid-June.