***NOTE: It turns out, that because of some miscommunication, I was mistaken. This cheese is actually a cow’s milk cheese, not a goat’s milk cheese as I originally believed.
A couple of weekends ago, a group of friends and I went to Point Reyes to hike in the Elk Reserve. We planned a sumptuous picnic feast before setting off on the trail, and stopped by Cowgirl Creamery’s shop and cheese making facilities in Point Reyes Station to pick up provisions. As I walked in, an enormous chalk board indicated they were making Red Hawk that morning. I loved the smell of the cheesemaking, but my friend who grew up on a dairy farm, said she never liked that smell. To each her own!
We were there on a mission. Another friend wanted to wrap figs and fresh chèvre with prosciutto and drizzle the ensemble with honey, so we got a container of fresh chèvre, along with another cheese called Boho Belle. I hadn’t had it before, but that was an excuse to try some.
We ended up not eating the Boho Belle at the picnic. We had too much food! So, I took it home with me for a quiet tasting afterward.
When I tasted it, I could feel some slight springiness in the initial bite that quickly dissolved into a slightly sandy bundle of deliciousness. The cheese glided down my throat with lingering flavor. Its flavor was pretty mellow, but there was a wonderful, unique element that reminded me of peaches. That on top of the milky flavor.
Boho Belle is made right here in Northern California, in Sebastopol, by Bohemian Creamery. They also make that breast-shaped cheese called BoDacious, which I have yet to try. Bohemian Creamery is a recent arrival on the artisanal cheese scene, founded by Lisa Gottgreich and Miriam Block, who both were searching for a second career. While they do keep their own goats from which to make cheese, they also purchase their milk from other sources. I think they have the Boho Belle down pretty well. I’ll have to keep an eye out for their other cheeses for a taste.
P.S.: Visiting Point Reyes was WONDERFUL! I managed to take this photo of a Tule Elk at the Elk Reserve! I can’t believe how close they let us approach!