Vendor Profile: Ferns’ Edge Goat Dairy and La Mariposa Cheese

July 22 2013

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King Estate’s culinary team recently took a trip to Fern’s Edge Goat Dairy, a small farm located in in Lowell, Oregon run by cheese expert Shari Reyna. Ferns’ Edge produces many different varieties of goat milk products, from fresh raw goat milk to cheese. Executive Chef Benjamin Nadolny‘s cheese products of choice include the dairy’s goat feta, and “purely plain” goat cheese. You can find a variety of Ferns’ Edge products on the menu at King Estate. A favorite is the Local Mesclun Greens Salad featuring garden vegetables, toasted walnut, lemon verjus vinaigrette with the choice of Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese or Ferns’ Edge Goat Cheese. The richness of goat cheese pairs wonderfully with our fine wines.

Ferns’ Edge cheeses can be found at many local grocery stores in Eugene, including Capella, The Kiva, Sundance, and even Market of Choice. You will also find cheeses made by Argentinian cheese maker Mariano Battro of La Mariposa Cheese. Mariano makes artisan cow’s milk cheeses using Ferns’ Edge’s kitchen, and is inspired by the cheeses of his family’s dairy back in Argentina. La Mariposa’s Chubut cheese is a regular on King Estate’s cheese plate.

Chef Nadolny has developed and nurtured strong relationships with local and regional producers, including Fern’s Edge and La Mariposa, which compliments King Estate’s philosophy of pairing Northwest wines with regional food products.