Cheese columnist Janet Fletcher includes Cameo as one of 10 exceptional California cheeses
There are just a few exceptional magazines for cheese lovers, and that short list includes one of our favorites, Cheese Connoisseur. What a happy surprise last week to open the fall issue and read that Bay Area cheese columnist and expert, Janet Fletcher, included Redwood Hill’s Camembert-style Cameo in one of the magazines feature this month: “San Francisco: The Ultimate 1-Day Cheese Tour”. For those of us who live in or near San Francisco, we already know that San Francisco is a cheese-lovers and food lovers fantasy land and that multiple award-winning Cameo is a dream come true!
Update your classic holiday green bean casserole, using our goat cheese, lactose free sour cream, and fresh, in-season fennel and green beans.
“As a kid, my very favorite Thanksgiving dish was the green bean casserole. It still is, come to think of it. I suppose it’s one of the formative flavors from my childhood. Fast forward a few decades, and now that I’m pushing forty (gah!) and have changed how I eat, the notorious canned-soup version doesn’t really hold the same appeal for me. So what to do? Make a new dish that kicks the old one’s butt, that’s what!”
- Andrew Wilder, Eating Rules
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At Redwood Hill Farm we’re reducers, reusers, recyclers… and composters!
With a bit of time, kitchen scraps, plant clippings, and straw & hay from the barns turns into what we love to call “black gold”! It’s part of our ongoing commitment to the environment of our community, and our constant striving to be as “green” as we possibly can.
This commitment has enabled us to recently receive certification and recognition as a Sonoma County Green Business!
The Sonoma Green Business Program (www.sonoma-county.org/sonomagreen) is a partnership of government agencies and utilities that assists, recognizes, and promotes local organizations, focusing on small to medium-sized consumer-oriented businesses who voluntarily operate in environmentally responsible ways. Certified participants must be in compliance with all environmental regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste.
A Green Business…
- Is recognized as an environmental leader
- Strengthens its bottom line through operating efficiencies
- Improves employee morale and creates an overall healthy workplace
- Demonstrates community good will
At Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, along with our solar generated power, electric vehicle for company use and the electric vehicle charging station (charged by solar power), we have upgraded the lights throughout our creamery for energy efficiency and have put them on motion sensors. We also reclaim water, have a strong reduce, reuse, and recycle program and an incentive program for all our employees to help us “keep it green”. At our Sebastopol farm, we also use solar power. In addition we employ organic & sustainable practices throughout the 20 acre farm which includes composting and using that finished compost to hold the winter rains to the soil, and nourish our orchards and gardens.
It just comes naturally
These are practices that we learned as kids, growing up on our Sebastopol farm…they just come naturally now. We’re proud to be recognized by the Sonoma Green Business Program—almost as proud as we are of our award-winning dairy goats, artisan goat cheese, and probiotic cultured yogurt and kefir!
As part of a fundraising event recently for The Ceres Project, we hosted a “Mystery Tour” of 25 people who crawled the back roads of Sonoma County to learn, taste, and enjoy some baby goat love at Redwood Hill Farm! Thanks to Lorelei for the lovely blog post and pictures from a simply wonderful afternoon for all.
“To build healthy communities by restoring fresh, whole and organic food to its place as the foundation of health, and by connecting people in heart-centered ways to themselves, others and the earth.”
We’re not getting older, we’re getting better…
Though we love our website and it has served us very well since it’s launch nearly 14 years ago, we’ve decided: it’s time for a facelift!
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is celebrating it’s 45th Anniversary this year and what better time to refresh and improve our virtual home, www.RedwoodHill.com?
We loved the look of our existing site, so you might not notice a big difference in the “look” as you browse through the pages. But just step inside…
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Official results for the 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair are in! We’re thrilled to announce Redwood Hill Farm Artisan Goat Cheeses once again were awarded top honors with Three Peppercorn Chevre AND Raw Milk Feta both taking away DOUBLE GOLD awards!
For over 38 years, attending the Harvest Fair has been a tradition for both local and out of town guests. Wine and food lovers from as far abroad as South America, India and even Australia, plan their visit to Santa Rosa each October, to sample the county’s bounty. This is our local celebration of the best Sonoma County has to offer in food, wine, and beer. To be awarded top honors in a field of amazing food producers is exciting for all of us at the creamery and farm.
Other Awards for Redwood Hill Cheese
Two of our newest cheeses, Redwood Hill Farm Cameo and Redwood Hill Farm Terra also brought home Gold medals. Redwood Hill Farm Bucheret was awarded Silver. Congratulations to all Sonoma County winners! And a big congratulations to the Redwood Hill Farm Cheese Team, well done!
The Harvest Fair takes place October 4, 5 & 6 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA. Redwood Hill Farm will be in attendance for one of the three Grand Tastings, check back right here or on facebook for the which night and all the details. Check out HarvestFair.org for more info on the 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair.
How we control the flies on our organic farm including complete plans for “Mother Nature’s Fly Trap”
We are totally committed to protecting our environment and the health/safety of our employees and goats. Therefore, we have a policy of zero tolerance for synthetic chemical pesticides. Cleanliness and sanitation are the first line of defense against such pests as common flies. Their larvae need a moist, nitrogen rich area in which to incubate and hatch. In so far as possible, such habitats are minimized in our management. However, certain areas are always problematic on a working farm, such as around and underneath platforms supporting water tanks. Insect predators are routinely distributed to such areas to feed on the fly larvae.
Congratulations to our incredible Farm Team!
It was a wonderful Sonoma County Fair goat show for Redwood Hill Farm. We were honored to receive many awards, including the coveted Supreme Best Doe in Show award as SGCH Rima (pictured) won it against some amazing competition. Winning this award at our prestigious State and County Fair in the same year, is another great accomplishment in this Doe’s storied career.
This lovely cake was adapted from a favorite cookbook of mine, The Heritage of Southern Cooking by Camille Glenn. It is a family heirloom cake of hers and we think it will become a favorite with your family too! The original recipe calls for chopped, cooked, pitted prunes but the spices in it begs for trying pineapple or even cooked, chopped peaches as an alternative. The fruit may vary in the amount of moisture it gives to the batter, so if the batter looks a little loose after adding the fruit of your choice, add a tablespoon or so of flour.
I am showing the cake here with a delicious Cream Cheese Frosting which is a perfect complement. This recipe, along with the original recipes suggested frosting, Caramel Kefir, are both in our dessert section. Remember: Redwood Hill Farm plain kefir is a perfect substitute for buttermilk in any recipe! The original recipe states that this cake is delicious served without frosting if desired.
From award-winning goats comes award-winning goat milk kefir!
California’s Sonoma County has a long tradition of dairying and cheese making. That proud tradition recently honored North Bay cheese producers including Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery who took home awards from the 2013 American Cheese Society’s annual Judging & Competition in early August, with Redwood Hill Farm brought home the top prize in their division for the Redwood Hill Farm Traditional Plain Kefir! This is not the first award for Redwood Hill’s delicious goat milk kefir, click here for a listing of recent awards.
The competition took place in Madison, WI during the annual conference of the American Cheese Society, a not-for-profit organization that encourages the appreciation and promotion of farmstead and specialty cheeses in the U.S. and Canada. Congratulations to all of the winners, and to Madison, WI, for hosting a great American Cheese Society Conference!
For more information about the American Cheese Society, go to cheesesociety.org