Award-winning artisan cheesemakers Sue Conley and Peggy Smith of Cowgirl Creamery, and Mary Keehn of Cypress Grove, developed these two exclusive cheeses to celebrate Whole Foods Market’s 30th anniversary. Created as a small production organic cheese Buckaroo is a washed-rind cow’s milk cheese. Minimally aged 60 days and made from organic milk from nearby Straus Family Creamery, they are sold exclusively at Whole Foods.
Buckaroo is slighty soft, rich, and buttery, with savory and fruity components. Sweet notes on the front side, switching to a subtle grassy tang at the end, the cheese has a nice complexity.
Cypress Grove’s Lil’ Ziggy is inspired by ancient Mesopotamian ziggurats, which were pyramidal structures with flat tops designed to provide a holy structure between heaven and earth. A mixed mold, soft-ripened goat’s milk pyramid cheese, Lil’ Ziggy is created from a new proprietary blend of cultures. The cheese is bright and complex with overtones of fresh cream and pairs well with a dark wheat beer or Sauvignon Blanc.