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Aux Arcs is creamy with buttery sweet fruit and a hint of herbs

Green Dirt Farm’s Aux Arcs
Green Dirt Farm’s Aux Arcs

October is American Cheese Month. The American Cheese Society says, “American Cheese Month is a celebration of North America’s delicious and diverse cheeses, and the farmers, cheesemakers, retailers, cheesemongers and chefs who bring them to your table.”

So I thought I would bring a different cheese to Chow Town readers every day in October. Stay tuned to see what delicious cheeses North America has to offer! There are sure to be some classic favorites and new must-haves that will suit everyone’s tastes.

Aux Arcs

Producer: Green Dirt Farm

Place: Weston, Mo.

Milk: Sheep’s and cow’s milk

Type: Mountain style, semi-hard

Aux Arcs is one of Green Dirt Farm’s newest cheeses and it contains cow’s milk sourced from local Amish dairy farms. This milk perfectly blends with Green Dirt Farm’s sheep’s milk to create an interesting cheese with an interesting name.

Pronounced “Ozarks,” this mountain style cheese gets its name from the Mountain Range of the same name. Mountain or Alpine style cheeses are characterized by their washed rind, with some whole formation or maybe none at all and nutty, fruity, herbal flavors.

Aux Arcs is creamy with buttery, sweet fruit, and hint of herbs flavor. The washed rind of Aux Arcs brings an aroma of earth and cave that helps round out its flavors. We are lucky to have some really good cheese made right in our back yard here in Kansas City!

Lincoln Broadbooks loves cheese. He is one of the first cheesemongers in the United States and Canada to become an American Cheese Society certified cheese professional. He is the manager and buyer for The Better Cheddar in Prairie Village. You can find him on Twitter @LincolnBbooks and on Instagram @lincycheese.