Celebrating American Cheese Makers

photo source: WFM blog
October is American Cheese month and there is no better way to celebrate then by consuming some American made cheese! Did you know that Whole Foods Market employs over 200 Certified Cheese Professionals, which is more than half of the entire world's certified cheesemongers? Beyond all the accolades, I love sourcing cheese from Whole Foods for a variety of reasons. In the cheese department, you can try it before you buy it, just ask for a sample. My top reason for loving Whole Foods for cheese (other than the employees in the cheese department) is that you don't have to commit to the portion that is precut. You can ask someone to cut a portion to your exact specifications. This simple service has allowed us the opportunity to purchase and try a variety of cheeses, even a few that may be out of our normal budget. Confession, I love splurging on cheese.

My favorites and a few new ones we tried!

Haystack Mountain Applewood Smoked Chèvre is a local cheese, we've been buying for years. I love all of the Haystack Mountain's Chèvres. (goat)

Humbolt Fog by Cypress Grove, produced in Arcata, California. (goat) We've loved this cheese for years and have a special connection to Arcata, so are bellies are extra content when we eat it!

Kite Hill artisanal nut based cheeses. Great to add to a party platter for guests that have dietary restrictions!

Point Reyes Blue Cheese (cow) from California, you always need a blue cheese to bring a well rounded experience to a cheese plate! Zing! We also love Rogue Creamery from Oregon!

We always have a cheddar on our plate as well, but I urge you to talk to someone in the cheese department of your local Whole Foods Market and try a new cheddar! Venture out.

Related Links:
Cathy Strange, @WFMcheese is the global cheese buyer for Whole Foods Market and I love following her on twitter!

American Cheese Society Certified Professionals Directory (find one near you, great resources as well)

Disclaimer, I was compensated by Whole Foods Market as a WFM Ambassador for this post. Content is purely at my discretion.