The place: Upper Economy, Nova Scotia
The Treasure: Gouda cheese and more
There are three things in this house we must never be without. In no particular order: Bacon, maple products, Dutchman Cheese.
We arrived at the farm later than expected, but clung to the hope “always open” really meant always open. These were desperate times, delirium took hold, we wandered aimlesslessly trying to find our way. All we wanted was cheese.. we needed hope.. we needed a sign.. we… hey what’s that?
Oh.. okay, there we go! It was pointing us towards the storefront, gateway to the best cheese we’ve had in the province to date (if you know a good cheese place let us know! 😉 ).
The toughest part was next. Deciding which to get. Fine herb was a natural choice, smoked, stinging nettle, and… ooo.. Hammer and chisel garlic. That’s dry cheese, closer to parmesan with a very intense flavour.
Now I can go on about how amazing the flavours are, how smooth the cheese is (aside from the hammer and chisel variety, of course). I can tell you in detail the aroma of each type. I can tell you how the smeerkaas are perfect for spreading on crackers. I can tell you lots about Dutchman’s Cheese.
But here’s the swerve!
Let’s head outside and view a couple of the animals on the farm. See one thing we don’t think That Dutchman’s Cheese Farm talks enough about or gets enough press for is it’s walking trails.
There’s over 100 acres to the farm, I’m not sure how much of it has trails but it’s a nice hike. It took us probably an hour and we didn’t spend as much time as we would have liked – mostly because I think it’d be impossible to spend as much time as we’d like at the places we go. The good thing is that means there’s always something to see when we go back. 😀
I couldn’t possibly list all the critters and we really aren’t in to spoiling the surprise. Going there and experiencing, discovering, for yourself is always best!
These cute little piggies came running over wagging their tails when we approached. Adorable. We felt like rock stars… “Oh wow! they’re here!” *squeel* *pigs come over*
Goats. Goats are awesome. This little one met us at the fences wherever we went in its area. Such a happy, friendly goat.
Scottish Highlanders. Digging the haircut, it’s also popular with the kids now a days I hear.
Emu! Ever had a flock of emu follow you? You’d think it’s intimidating but it’s not so bad.
Last one I’ll post about crossed the pond to meet us. Turns out it was after our feed. *sigh* It’s never about me…
I could post another 20 pictures easily on the livestock we saw but it wouldn’t do it justice. Please, go walk the trails and enjoy all the work they’ve put in.
When you’re done grab a bunch of cheese if you didn’t before the walk and enjoy the stunning view:
that… is a heck of a shoe.
-Steph and John
Here is the current weather and a map to help you plan your trip:
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