Now that you've heard me rattling on about how great Vermont cheese is, what nice people they are, blah blah blah, I'm sure you're thinking, "Well, that's very nice, but don't we have cheese here, too?" And I'm here to tell you we do. As a matter of fact, Jeffrey Roberts' new Atlas of American Artisan Cheese lists 13 artisan cheesemakers from tiny Pholia Farm to huge Tillamook, which has a small number of flavored cheddars that are made entirely by hand.
Also listed is River's Edge Chevre in Logsden, Oregon, on the Siletz River. For two years Pat Morford and her daughters have been making chevre and bloomy rind cheeses with names unique to their region of the coast. To celebrate their second anniversary, they've decided to hold an open house on Aug. 19 at the farm and they're inviting cheese lovers to stop in and enjoy their cheeses, along with wine and local art. It would make a great cap to a weekend at the beach, or a lovely day trip if you're feeling like a drive.
Details: River's Edge Chevre Open House at Three Ring Farm. Sun., Aug. 19, 11 am-5 pm; free. Three Ring Farm, 6315 Logsden Rd., Logsden, OR. Directions on the website.