Artisan cheese made here in the Northwest, high-quality domestic cheese as well as classics and hard-to-find cheese make Town & Country Markets destinations for cheese lovers. We carry more than 200 cheeses from at least six US states and 17 countries.
Some of the European varieties have been made in the same place by the same methods for thousands of years – while some of the domestic varieties are crafted at small creameries right here in the Pacific Northwest.
We have several great Northwest cheeses, including Mt. Townsend Creamery in Port Townsend, Beecher’s Cheese from Pike Place Market, Willapa Hills Farmstead Cheese from Southwest Washington (in the town of Doty, near Pe Ell), Willamette Valley Cheese Co. in Salem, OR; and Rogue Creamery near Medford, OR.
Domestic Specialty Cheeses
We carry top-quality domestic cheeses, including Laura Chenel from Sonoma, CA – she is credited with introducing the crafting of artisan goat cheese in America. In the 1970s, with more milk from raising goats than she knew what to do with, she started making her own goat cheese after a trip to France to study the craft. She sold her cheese to Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley and the mother of America’s culinary revolution. Waters is said to be the first restaurateur to serve salads of baby greens with goat cheese. The rest, as they say, is history.
Marin French Cheese of California is said to be the oldest op erating creamery in America – they started making cheese when Abe Lincoln was president. They produce French Camembert and Brie.
We are big fans of Montchevré, the Wisconsin producers of award-winning goat cheeses. Montchevre collects goat milk from Amish cooperatives in Wisconsin and Iowa and combines two rich ideas—Brie and Chevre—to make the delicious and creamy “Le Cabrie.”
We also carry fresh goat crumbles, plain or flavored with onion and basil, which are ideal for sprinkling on salads or pizzas. And Montchevré fresh goat cheese logs are known for their clean and tangy flavor.
For information on Rogue Creamery and the many varieties we carry, continue reading.