Pennsylvania has the second largest number of dairy farms in the country. One of the best small-scale dairies and creameries is right here in Bucks County, writes Alexandra Jones for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Ely Farm Products in Newtown is a seventh-generation farm best known for its meats; however, the Ely family also produces outstanding cheeses.
Varieties include a signature “Ely Farm Cheese,” a delicious, mellow, snackable Colby style also available smoked.
Its “Washington Crossing” is a past winner of an American Cheese Society award, rated the second best nationwide. It is a full-flavored American original that boasts the smooth texture of Fontina but packs a Parmigiano-like punch.
The Ely family farm dates to the 1700s. Dwight Ely, current owner-operator, took over the business after a pair of knee injuries grounded his rocketing NCAA competitive wrestling career. An agronomy degree from Texas A&M University (where he wrestled) became his professional Plan B.
The interest in dairy stemmed from a month-long skiing trip in the Alps, where he and his wife savored artisan cheeses. He learned the craft from a New Zealand expert, who traveled to Newtown for a week of training.
Read more about the best small-scale dairies and creameries in The Philadelphia Inquirer.