Anne and Patrick with their son Max.
Heritage Foods USA and Heritage Radio Network founder Patrick Martins has the privilege of being married to Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheesemongers. This partnership has resulted in project like No Goat Left Behind that create bridges through the food world and help us build a more sustainable system.
Last weekend Patrick and Anne traveled to Meadowood Farms with their family. Below is Anne’s account of their trip:
By Anne Saxelby
This past weekend, we mongers packed it into the old cheese wagon and headed up to Meadowood Farms in Cazenovia, New York for a sheep-tastic cheese-filled visit!
Meadowood Farms has been around since the early 1900’s; its original owners the Chard family (no agricultural pun intended) wanted to make it a ‘scientific, sustainable model farm’. More than a century later this vision has come full circle. The farm raises Belted Galloway cattle for beef and East Fresian sheep for meat and milk on just over 200 acres of farmland overlooking beautiful Cazenovia lake.
Cheesemaker Veronica Pedraza transforms the milk into a delicious array of cheeses all bearing monikers of local roads and landmarks. Ledyard, Rippleton, Lorenzo, and Ten Eyck (the cheeses) can all be found within a few miles distance of the farm. In fact, driving around was kind of like a cheese scavenger hunt… spotting the signs on the side of the road that corresponded to each cheese became a game like the old slug bug one, minus the punching (there were three adults, one baby and two dogs in the car, so that could have gotten ugly real fast…)
The cheeses are sublime… They are made starting in early spring and finished by mid-fall when the sheep are dried off for the winter months. Stop by the shop for a taste today or order our special ‘Cheesemongers Choice’ selection featuring Meadowood Farms cheeses.