We believe the best cheeses are made with attention to detail and high quality milk sources.
At Reverie, we care passionately about the cheese making process and work hard to ensure our cheeses are the best they can be. This starts at the source: we are dedicated to using milk from small scale, local, and responsible dairies. Our choice in dairies is not only because milk quality is a crucial part of the flavor of our cheese, but also because we want to support local businesses, sustainable practices, and the humane treatment of animals.
Milk source is critical to making artisan cheese, which is made by hand in limited quantities and using traditional methods with great attention to detail. To achieve unique tastes and quality characteristics in our cheese, our milk is sourced from farmers who can assure healthy herds. We insist on the practice of local forage and quality feeding of the herds, since this affects the taste of the milk.
Unfortunately, due to sanitation, hygiene and food safety considerations we cannot offer tours of our production area. Inside of the store, we can try to answer all your cheesemaking questions & share as much of our process as possible. And of course, we have samples of all the cheese we make!
Eden Valley Dairy and Creamery
Reverie Creamery is proud of our partnership with Eden Valley Dairy and Creamery. They provide us with certified organic milk from happy healthy herds of cows on four farms located in Eden, South Dayton, Sinclairville, and Cassadaga, New York.
Our Cheesemaking Process
We start every batch of cheese by ensuring the milk is of the highest quality. Once that’s settled, we can begin. We make several varieties of hard cheeses that we very lightly pasteurize to ensure their quality while retaining the natural flavors of our amazing milk. We only use vegetable rennet making all our cheeses vegetarian. We then form the cheeses into wheels and press the curds to remove more whey. After pressing, the cheeses are soaked in a salt water brine and then they aged on spruce boards in our custom aging rooms. Aging can take 3-8 months (depending on the type).
Luna, our soft ripened cheese is formed in multi-mold blocks. After salting, the drying process takes 1-2 days before they are moved to an aging room specifically designated for soft ripened cheese and the aging time ranges from 2-4 weeks. The soft ripened cheese is also called bloomy rind cheese, characterized by white mold like the brie.
Be sure to try them when you stop by!