Grey Barn Prufrock
$22 - 8oz. Square
1st place winner for American Farmstead Cheese at the American Cheese Society 2016 awards. 3rd place winner for American Farmstead Cheese at the American Cheese Society 2017 awards.
The delicate yet pungent paste of this washed-rind cheese has a beautiful, thick, soft yielding texture. Toasty and nutty with hints of tropical fruit and sour cream: when ripe this cheese has a slightly salty and savory flavor. Its delectable texture melts on your tongue.
Over the first several years Grey Barn has been developing cheese and waiting their milk to take them to where it wanted to go. To talk about this cheese first must talk about the milk. The farm produces the most lovely raw organic cow�s milk you have ever tasted and they believe that the herd of twenty-five grass-fed cows is the reason. Eating a grass-only diet, the herd�s milk becomes infused with the flavors of the pasture through the different seasons. They have found that the mild and damp climate of Martha�s Vineyard, where the air is perpetually permeated with a salty tang, was the perfect environment for a washed-rind cheese. It was from this discovery that they began to research other washed rind cheeses and found that Prufrock is much the same as cheeses from the coasts of Ireland and France.
Milk: Pasteurized cow�s milk from our own cows.
Aged: Four weeks
Flavor: With apricot, salty mixed nuts and carrot leading the way, Prufrock carries with it wonderful yeasty notes of fresh baked bread.
Color: Prufrock has a subtle and modeled orange rind with touches of pink and white and the rind is edible, in fact it adds to Prufrock�s complex flavor profile when eaten.
Texture: It�s interior paste is thick and gooey in texture when allowed to rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Serving Suggestion: Prufrock is luscious served with a sliced warm baguette and bit of chunky apricot jam on top - even a spicy mango chutney works nicely. In the summer months when you have burgers on the grill serve it as the cheese on your cheeseburger along with a warm bun, onion relish and a bit of sweet ketchup. Prufrock is also terrific as a grilled cheese.
Pairing Suggestion: A wonderful heady Belgian Trappist Ale.
The final result is a supple and stinky cheese known as Prufrock. The rustic orange rind that has developed in the cave encases a delectable soft paste that is golden in color. This hand made certified organic cheese is unique not only because it is lovingly made on Martha�s Vineyard but also because the changes in the pastures seasonally gives subtle changes in our milk. Those subtle flavor changes are transferred into our cheese.