Don’t miss the Black Oak Boulette at OakMoon Farm and Creamery in Bakersville.
Visit OakMoon Farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains if you want to see some really happy goats and possibly even happier farmers.
“Unhappy goats do not make good milk, and bad milk does not make good cheese. It’s just that simple,” insist cheese makers Cynthia Sharpe and Dwain Swing, the farm’s owners.Their Black Oak Boulette, which certainly made my taste buds happy, reflects the brio of these cheese makers. I’m fond of strong flavors, and when you start with a hand-shaped ball of chevre from goats that graze on perennial herbs, grasses, and wild flowers, you’re already halfway there.
With lots of garlic and a hint of dill infusing the chevre, the fireworks come from the freshly ground pepper that coats this tasty sphere. It even looks spicy. Their red oak boulette with parsley and cumin, coated in smoky Spanish paprika, is a tad more subtle, but still a roller coaster ride of flavors. Boring just doesn’t seem to be in their vocabulary.
OakMoon Farm and Creamery
452 Roan View Drive, Bakersville, N.C. 28705
phone: (828) 688-4683
David Bailey is an award-winning restaurant critic and food writer who lives in Greensboro.