For some reason, National Cheese Day is June 4 and while the origins of this holiday are undoubtedly dubious, we're happy to celebrate.
Here are four of our favorite Upstate New York cheeses best enjoyed on National Cheese Day, or any day of the year.
North Country Creamery Camembert
This mild, brie-like cheese is creamy and vibrant, with just a touch on funk on the rind. Pair it with sliced green apples, or serve it warm and topped with a fruit compote or fig jam.
Location: Keeseville, N.Y. (Essex County)
Crosswinds Farm & Creamery Rose's Reserve
Crosswinds also makes a killer soft goat's cheese, but the Rose's Reserve is just as good. It's the same as the creamery's Butternut Baby Swiss, except it's aged for a full year, rather than three months. The extra time gives this Parmesan-gruyere-like hybrid deep nutty and dried fruit flavors.
Pair it with toasted pecans or mostarda, the Italian condiment of dried fruit and mustard-flavored syrup.
Location: Ovid, N.Y. (Seneca County)
Bovina Valley Farms Aldernay
Aldernay is a raw milk French-style tomme that's cave-aged on wood boards for up to nine months. Like the Rose's Reserve, Aldernay is packed full of nutty flavor with a sharp flavor that grows stronger as it ages. Culture magazine suggests pairing tommes with a tart plum chutney or lightly pan-fried and served with baguette, prosciutto and spicy greens.
Location: Delhi, N.Y. (Delaware County)
The Maiden's Creamery Seven Sisters
This Alpine-style cheese is aged at least 60 days and up to five months. It's made from raw goat's milk and named after the Seven Sisters rose bush on the farm were the goats tend to eat. Bring out this cheese's nutty and earthy flavors with cured meats, toasted nuts or dried cherries.
Location: South New Berlin, N.Y. (Chenango County)