City Pages ‘food artist of the year’: Shepherd’s Way Farms

Shepherd’s Way Farms has just been named food artist of the year by City Pages. See the story Barefoot and Pregnant by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl. (A tip-of-the-blogger hat to Anne Bretts for the alert.)

cp-sshot When City Pages asked me to name an artist of the year, one thought rang out in my mind like a church bell’s peal: Shepherd’s Way Farms, Jodi Ohlsen Read and Stephen Read, no question, no second thought, they’re the ones. Of all the food-related moments that struck me in 2007, nothing hit me more deeply than my visit to that family’s farm in southern Minnesota on a frigid winter day a few weeks ago…

I mean, are cheesemakers artists? I’d argue yes, of all the farming-related arts, good cheesemaking is the rarest skill, and one that blends the most disparate fields, including science (the various temperatures, molds, rennets, and whatnot), craft (washing rinds, salting curds, aging cheeses, and so on), and taste (a cheesemaker’s individual product reflects her personal vision, palate, and ambition as clearly as a chef’s does)…

One Comment

  1. John S. Thomas said:

    I think this needs another mention:

    Adopt a Sheep — Join the Flock

    Support farmstead artisan cheesemaking, sustainable value-added farming, and local food

    Choose a name for one of Shepherd’s Way Farms sheep!

    $100 per sheep — name as many lambs and ewes as you would like to “adopt.”

    We will assign the name you select to one of our beautiful East Friesian-cross ewes or ewe lambs (these are all girls, of course).

    You will receive a card with your sheep’s chosen name along with a 3 x 5 picture of the Shepherd’s Way Farm flock. We will display all of the sheep names in the Shepherd’s Way barn for all visitors to see.

    You will be helping support the dairy sheep flock that produces the milk for Shepherd’s Way Farms cheese. Your support also helps promote local food, sustainable farming, and artisan cheese.

    Please fill out the form or send your Sheep Adoption Request to:
    Shepherd’s Way Farms
    8626 160th Street East
    Nerstrand MN 55053
    phone: 507.663.9040

    They obviously still need some support. It is fine cheese.

    January 7, 2008

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