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Enjoy Local Cheese

Posted by on July 19, 2014

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Every month an exciting “trade” periodical shows up on my desk. It is called Cheese Connoisseur. Yes, it is a magazine dedicated to cheese, mostly artisanal styles. It is a drool worthy read. There are great pictures, featured articles, and recipes. This month even has a nice list of NYC cheese shops to check out. The Finger Lakes region has it’s own artisanal cheeses to try.
On Saturday, July 26, the 2014 Finger Lakes Cheese Festival takes place at Sunset View Creamery in Odessa, NY. This is a family friendly event with kids activities, music, farm tours, cheese making workshops, chef events, and more then 10 regional cheese makers. There is a lot to do from 10-5 at this event.GreenStar is a sponsor of the Kids Midway! The Cheese Festival is a good way to support and learn about a unique, local, agricultural product. If you can’t make it to the festival, GreenStar has your back. We carry a great selection of regional goat, raw, cow, and sheep varieties on our shelf. I am loving feta cheese on salads and pizzas. Cheese Connoisseur magazine printed a recipe for a Watermelon, Blueberry & Feat salad. It is easy to make and quite good.

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Here it is:
Serves 4-6
1 five lb. seedless watermelon
2 cups blueberries
4 oz. feta cheese
1/3 cup olive oil
3 Tbl. lemon juice
2 Tbl. fresh mint leaves + more for garnish
Cut the flesh from the melon and cut fruit into 2 inch pieces. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice and olive oil. Add in the chopped mint and salt to taste. In a large bowl, combine the melon, blueberries, mint , and feta. Pour the dressing over the melon mixture and toss gently until everything is coated and evenly mixed. To serve, divide salad among individual cups and garnish with mint leaves.

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