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Well ahead of the local farm-to-table movement. Ginnie Tate, aka 'The Goat Lady', her brother Steve, and his wife Lee opened Goat Lady Diary in 1995, amid the rolling hills of Northeast Randolph County in North Carolina, and began producing award-winning goat cheese. And we could not be more excited to introduce you to this Central Market exclusive during Taste the South. ...

I met Steve at the Taste the South training a month or so ago and to say that he is passionate about what he and his sister started is an understatement. From the beginning Steve was clear that it all starts with the milk… fresh from well cared for animals at the dairy and their partner farms. Keeping the goats healthy and the taste of the cheese delicious by carefully selecting the forage, fiber, grain and grazing that the animals enjoy. I was unaware that goat milk is more delicate than other milks, so it is handled with care at each step of its journey to the finished product. Now after more than 15 years of making goat cheese they have learned the techniques which preserve the goodness of their fresh milk and create the flavor and texture unique to Goat Lady Dairy cheeses.

When we sat down to taste all the cheeses, the first thing that I noticed was how creamy the texture of the classic goat cheese is. This has a lot to do with the process, all the cheese is made by hand and the logs are then hand-molded and air-dried for a week to produce the creamy, but sliceable texture. The flavor of the cheese was also a bit more mild and not overly tangy, we are carrying six amazing flavors of this American Cheese Society Blue Ribbon winner, they are: Creamy Classic, Fig & Honey, Roasted Red Pepper, Sunny Paris, Smokey Mountain, and Peppercorn. Any one is a great addition to your next cheese board, but I have to say that the Sunny Paris with a mix of Herbes de Provence added to the classic was my favorite. Just remember to let the cheese come to room temperature for a more enjoyable texture and flavor.

Steve will be visiting the stores during the festival, so please stop by and say hello.

AUSTIN NORTH LAMAR:   Thursday, May 18th Noon – 7PM
AUSTIN WESTGATE:   Friday, May 19th Noon – 7PM
SAN ANTONIO:   Saturday, May 20th 11AM – 6PM
HOUSTON:   Sunday, May 21st 11AM – 6PM
PLANO:   Wednesday, May 24th Noon – 7PM
DALLAS LOVERS LANE:   Thursday, May 25th Noon – 7PM
FORT WORTH:   Friday, May 26th Noon – 7PM
SOUTHLAKE:   Saturday, May 27th 11AM – 6PM
DALLAS PRESTON/ROYAL:   Sunday, May 28th 11AM – 6PM

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