6 Local Picks to Add to Your Cheese Board

Michigan is home to artisanal makers crafting Brie, Gouda, and other high-quality cheeses
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Top to bottom: Boss Mouse Cheese Montasio, Oro French Feta, Fluffy Bottom Farms Camembert, Williams Extra Sharp Pinconning Daisy Wedge

Camembert from Fluffy Bottom Farms

Each day, wheels are turned by hand, until the fuzzy white culture emerges and the cheese — made with milk from heritage breed cows — ages into a creamy Camembert. This Chelsea-based farm specializes in artisanal, farmstead cheese, also making sheep’s milk Gouda, cheddar, ricotta, fromage, Chego (based on the Spanish Manchego), and feta. Find a store near you at facebook.com/yum.fluffybottomfarms

Goat Mini Brie Cheese from Zingerman’s Creamery

This round of cheese may be small, but it packs big flavor with notes of earthy mushroom. There’s also the Classic Mini Brie, made with Calder Dairy milk. Zingerman’s Creamery, 3723 Plaza Drive, Ste. 2, Ann Arbor; 734-929-0500; zingermanscreamery.com

Montasio from Boss Mouse Cheese

This northern Michigan cheese-maker combines traditional techniques with modern recipes, such as this Alpine-style Italian recipe. Additions, driven by the seasons or by creative whim, include green peppercorn, za’atar, hot peppers with dried cherries, and more. Find it at Westborn Market; westbornmarket.com or bossmousecheese.com

Oro French Feta at The Cheese Lady

This creamy and mild cheese, made with local milk, is among three different kinds of feta offered by this family-owned business. There’s also Greek (a firm, tangy, and sharp cheese) and Bulgarian (a double-cream cheese). The Cheese Lady, 302 W. University Drive, Rochester; 248-413-5758; thecheeselady.net

Summer Meadow from White Lotus Farms

This rich and creamy cow’s milk has a buttery and nutty flavor with a slight hint of tang that goes well with crackers or a baguette. Find a store near you at whitelotusfarms.com

Extra Sharp Pinconning Daisy Wedge from Williams Cheese Co.

No cheese conversation would be complete without Pinconning, the aged Colby-style cheese named after the city in mid-Michigan. This family-owned and operated business in Linwood, also makes a gourmet spread with Pinconning cheese. Find it at Westborn Market or online at williamscheese.com 

This story is part of the March 2022 issue of Hour Detroit. Read more in our digital edition