Welcome to the sweatiest time of year! We’ve got lots of tasty treats for you to chill out and cool off with.
NEW: LITTLE CHEESE PLATES, READY TO GO
If you’re looking for a snack to take on a picnic, or a quick light meal, we’ve got a new option for you: our pre-packed little cheese plates, each sized for one person. They include 3 different cheeses, specially selected to complement one another, plus dried fruit, nuts, and either sliced She Wolf Bakery baguette or gluten-free crackers.
You might get lucky and find a slice of Thyme Out on your cheese plate! A new goat milk cheese from Vermont’s fabulous off-the-grid Lazy Lady Farm, Thyme Out is semi-soft with an earthy natural rind, and a tangy interior infused with savory thyme. Warning: one slice just might not be enough.
BEERS FOR ALL SEASONS
Savoring summer? We’re still bringing in lots of fresh, crisp, hot weather beers in roof and backyard-friendly cans. We just received a new delivery of Lost Nation Gose, a particularly refreshing version of this sour beer style with sea salt and a hint of coriander. Also new in cans is Citra Ass Down, a great, quaffable, double IPA with a silly name, from Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville, KY.
But if you’re looking forward to fall, we’ve got you covered there too. We’re bringing in the best examples of Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers, plus other hearty, darker, and full-bodied brews. Seattle’s Elysian Brewing sends forth The Dread, an oak-aged imperial stout touched with spicy rye malt. Another new barrel-aged work of art comes from Denver’s master of sour ales, Crooked Stave: Nightmare on Brett is a dark sour aged in whiskey barrels.
PARTY PLATTER UPDATES
You know all about our cheese and charcuterie party platters, right? The ones that come all dolled up with olives and pickles and bread and crackers and all that other good stuff? That cost just $8 per person?
Well, we have a new addition to our party platter options: seasonal crudite trays, stacked with fresh produce and housemade hummus and/or onion dip. The crudite platters cost $7 per person and are perfect for your last few summer barbecues.
All party platters require 24 hours notice and a minimum order for 5 people. Order by calling 718-349-1432, emailing email@example.com, or just dropping in.
What I did on my summer vacation, 2015 edition: cheese camp! More formally known as the annual conference of the American Cheese Society, it’s a great opportunity to meet cheesemakers from around the country, taste their cheeses, and learn more about the process of cheesemaking and the business of selling cheese. I (Beth) was introduced to some excellent new American-made cheeses that you’ll be seeing at Eastern District in the fall.
Many of our favorite cheesemakers won awards in the annual ACS competition, which had about 1800 different cheeses in the running. In fact, the majority of the cheese producers represented in our case are award winners! If you’d like to see the full list of winners, visit http://cheesejudging.org/winners-2015/
The conference also involved tours of some regional cheesemakers, including Westfield Farm in Hubbardston, MA. In the photos below you see their cheese house, where Bob and Debby Stetson and their employees make all the Capri fresh chevre that we sell here. On the right are some Blue Bonnet and Classic Blue cheeses, awaiting the development of their external blue rinds. The cheeses in this photo might even be the ones we have for sale right now!
The Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative is now accepting subscriptions for the fall edition of their CSA (community-supported agriculture) program. For 8 weeks this fall, they’ll deliver fresh, organic vegetables, fruit, eggs and meat for pick-up at Eastern District. If you’re interested please sign up soon, since spaces in this program fill up quickly. For details, and to sign up, visit http://lancasterfarmfresh.com.