Our first year of production, and it’s already won a Bronze Medal in the 2016 World Championship Cheese Contest! It takes 4 days to transform Idyll Pastures from Northern Michigan’s wild, lush grasses and flowers into the freshest goat cheese form. The result is a fluffy white marshmallow-like, moist, rindless round with a citrusy smooth, creamy tang that melts in your mouth. We challenge you to find a pairing that Idyll Pastures doesn’t make more delectable.
Pairing Suggestions: Sweet: honey, lavender, fresh fruit and berries, chocolate or Savory: olive oil, chilies, herbs, bacon jam.
Flavor Options: Plain, Garlic and Herb, Fennel Pollen, Cherry Preserve, Honey Lavender (special request)
Sizing: Typically 4 oz.
CHÈVRE IN TUB
Our gateway to goat cheese. Fresh from the milking parlor, our chèvre is transformed overnight into fluffy, creamy, spreadable cheese. This is the most versatile cheese for cooking, stuffing into pasta, dolloped on salads, pizzas, and soups.
Flavor Options: Plain, Garlic and Herb, Cherry Preserve, Honey Lavender (special request)
Sizing: Approx. 5 oz.,, 16oz., 32oz. tubs
Mont Idyll is inspired by the traditional Valençay cheese from the Loire Valley. It was named a “Best Artisanal Cheese” by Food & Wine magazine. Its shape, a beautiful truncated pyramid, is reminiscent of a “mont” on Idyll Farms that offers a breathtaking vista of the pastures, woodlands and Lake Michigan. The soft ripened rind is delicately painted with vegetable ash. Moist, smooth and citric when young, it evolves into a nutty, chalkier interior when aged.
Pairing Suggestions: Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Dry Rose, Gamay Noir, Cabernet Franc, Dry Hard Apple Cider, Idyll Farms Cherry Butter, pickled beets or radishes, clover honey, walnuts, apple, and pear.
Sizing: Typically 5-7 oz
Our ACS award winning (2 years in a row!) dual milk, soft-ripened cheese made with Idyll Goat and local, hormone-free, grass-fed cow cream. Buttery rich, creamy round with a pleasing wrinkled rind. Sweet, balanced, strong but delicate, spicy with a touch of heat.
Pairing Suggestions: White-Riesling, Vouvray, Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne, Red- Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Fruity Hard Apple Cider, Idyll Farms Cherry Butter, quince paste, pancetta, herbal honey, chutney, bacon jam, dragon fruit, papaya, and dried apricots.
Flavor Options: Plain, Morel (seasonal)
Sizing: Typically 5-8 oz.
“Best in Class” Gold and Silver medalist winner at the 2016 World Championship Cheese Contest and 2014 ACS award winner. Idyll Gris is soft ripened with a silvery ash dusted rind and layering. Its flavor is fresh, creamy and pleasantly fruity. With the bright stripes of white, the colorful fillings and the delicately aged rind, this cheese makes for a beautiful presentation on a cheese plate. Idyll Gris can be purchased as a wheel, partial wheel, or sliced.
Pairing Suggestions: Tart fresh white wine or a fruity and bright rosé.
Sizing: Wheels are typically 1lb.
Our Camembert has quickly become a local favorite. The cheese tastes as gorgeous as it looks: under the bloomy, downy white rind is a delicate, mushroomy, rich flavored, slightly oozy middle, perfect for smearing and dipping. Try it with crunchy baguette, vegetables, or topped with local berry jam. It bakes decadently over potatoes or steak. Camembert is a fragile cheese with a definite life span- discard when it becomes ammoniated.
Pairing Suggestions: Bold red wine and an oaky Chardonnay.
Flavor Options: Plain, Morel (seasonal)
Sizing: Typically 4-7 oz.
Temptation is a raw milk tomme styled cheese. It ages in our state of the art cheese cellar for a minimum of 60 days, gracefully perched on specially aged kiln dried wood harvested during the last full moons of December. During the affinage process, it is hand washed daily with a hard cider made from Idyll Farms harvested apples. The end result is a semi-hard cheese with complex layers of length, nose, texture, and flavor going from mild to sharp as it ages.
Sizing: Large Wheel (7-9 lbs), Small Wheel (3-5 lbs), Cut to size
Other Idyll Items:
“Idyll Cheese Make Rooms“
“Idyll Aging Caves”
“Idyll Cheese tasting 1”
“Idyll Cheese tasting 2”