A Day On The Farm: Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese
What do you get when you have a gorgeous sunshiny day, a van full of food bloggers, some local food truck owners, a few cows, an obscene amount of cheese, and a very cool group of people that run a dairy farm? An incredibly PERFECT Saturday, that’s what!
This weekend myself and several other food bloggers took a field trip up to Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese in Barren County, Kentucky.
Jennifer, Kenny’s cousin and the Nashville rep for Kenny’s Cheese, is the one that is responsible for this little adventure and I must say, she did a smashing job!
She knew the crowd she was working with, so smartly planned ahead and had Foxy Baking Co. make up some yummy quiches and almond coffee cakes for us to dig into upon arrival at the farm.
After gobbling up our goodies, it was time to meet Kenny himself and watch some cheese making magic.
Kenny hard at work stirring as he explains to us the process of cheese making
Though I listened with rapt attention, I’ll admit, I didn’t take any notes, so I can’t share all the little details with you. Kenny’s story is fascinating though, so you really should take some time to read more about the family business and what makes their cheese unique.
What I can happily share with you today is a visual journey through our day at the farm, starting with the cooler (aka Cheese Heaven!)
Wheel after wheel of Asiago and Gouda…..
Shelves filled with multiple kinds of Colby, Cheddar, Havarti, Blue, Swiss……
There’s smoked, cranberry, sorghum, cracked pepper, cumin seed, aged, horseradish, tomato basil, garden herb, chipotle – so many flavors, how’s a girl to choose!?
Then then it was time to meet the cows. The happy cows….
I think that’s a smile, don’t you?
And baby calves! They even have their own little houses :-)
After a couple of hours spent touring the facility and meeting the cows, we wound our way back to the front lawn of the house Kenny grew up in, and under a towering tree, sampled cheeses to our hearts’ content!
This is when I fell hard for the Norwood, their version of Gruyere. With a nutty, slightly sweet taste, and delightful little crystals, I knew there was no way I’d be leaving there without some of it in my possession. Oh, but that wasn’t all. The Blue Gouda captivated me. The Awe Brie did just that – awed me. So many truly incredible cheeses that it was hard to pull myself away from the table, but I had to, because there was still a very special lunch awaiting us.
And of course I will tell you all about that very special lunch, but not today. Nope. It deserves a post all its own, so come back tomorrow to see!
After lunch we made our way back over to the “laboratory” where the cheese-making was still in full progress. Remember that big vat of liquid Kenny was stirring when we arrived?
Well this is what it looked like a few hours later. Crazy, huh?
And even though they still had some work to do, our day at the farm was done. It was time to load into the van for the drive back home, but not, of course, before we secured a few packages of cheese for the road!
Here in Nashville we can purchase Kenny’s Cheese at Produce Place, Whole, Foods, and Turnip Truck, as well as various farmers’ markets around town. If you don’t live in the area, you can always order online or check their store locator for a retail outlet near you!
Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese
2033 Thomerson Park Rd
Austin, KY 42123
You captured our incredible day and the uniqueness of Kenny’s perfectly! Can you believe I ate MORE cheese later that night? Had to share it with the Husband, but with some wine this time!
I believe it because I ate more cheese that night too! Unfortunately I can’t blame it on sharing w my husband because he wasn’t even home ;-)
That was the BEST Saturday by far. I’ve already dived into my Norwood. Great recap on the day!
That looks like it was so much fun and so interesting! I hope there’s another field trip soon. Love how the pictures turned out too.
This was a great trip! I hope Nashville Food Blog readers LOVE cheese, because I have a sense it’s going to be popping up a lot soon…I already have 3 posts of recipes in the waiting!
Ha! I know!! I’ve got at least one written, and I’m sure I’ll have more soon. I have fallen hard for that brie, already consuming more than 1/2 a wheel all by myself.
You are so fortunate to have had this opportunity! Not many people are treated to such a fabulous tour and tasting, I would guess. Nearly a decade ago — when I thought I wanted to apprentice to become a cheesemaker — my father and I toured the Uplands Cheese Company (home of Pleasant Ridge Reserve). It was quite the experience, and though I ended up heading to graduate school for nutrition instead, I cherish the memories and hope to tour more dairies in years to come! Thanks for sharing your visit.
Hi Heather! It really was such a wonderful day, and I am so grateful to everyone at Kenny’s for inviting us to visit and for treating us so fabulously!
Oh my goodness, it’s cheese heaven. When I was a kid my mom would take me to the Cabot cheese factory in Vermont every year. This reminds me of that… except better!
Oh fun! Who could ever say no to cheese? I love your photographs, Beth!
Love this post. Blogging field trips are the best! Great job!
I love Kenny’s cheese and am INSANELY jealous! But, I was having an incredible meal in Denver on Saturday, so I feel better:-) No, seriously, your trip tops my meal and I can’t imagine how much cheese you ate on Saturday. YUM YUM and triple yum.
And how much cheese I ate on Sunday and Monday and….. I can’t stop! ;-)
I think I would’ve died there, and been perfectly happy to do so. I love cheese, I keep at least three varieties in my fridge at all times. yum!
Sounds like it was a great time! Reminds me of a trip I took to a cheesemaker in Gouda when I visited Holland. So fun!
And I love the pic of the smiling cow!
how fun! i’ll have to send this link to my friend, she’ll be wanting to take a road trip to Kenny’s ASAP!
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