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Dirt Lover features three layers of deliciousness

Dirt Lover has a layer of ash just under the rind, then a creamy ripened ring, and then a dense, fudgy center.
Dirt Lover has a layer of ash just under the rind, then a creamy ripened ring, and then a dense, fudgy center.

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.

Dirt Lover

Producer: Green Dirt Farm

Place: Weston

Milk: Sheep

Type: Soft-ripened

Dirt Lover is the third Green Dirt Farm cheese that we highlighted this month. This is one of my personal favorites, not only for its flavor but also for its visually stunning appearance. The picture illustrates how cool it looks.

When cut horizontally, the layers tell a story about how it is made and how it ages; it’s kind of like the cheese counter equivalent of tree growth rings. Just under the rind is a jet black layer of ash, then a creamy ripened ring just under that and then the center is dense and fudgy.

Each layer brings a different note of flavor: buttery, lemony and earthy. If you have not tried it, then it’s time. Dirt Lover could become one of your favorites.

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.

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