We took a field trip to meet up with Brent Zimmerman of Lime Kiln Farm in Coxsackie, New York's beautiful Hudson Valley! Brent has one of the most fascinating stories of any cheesemaker we've come across: decades ago, he followed his heart to Tuscany, found a job as a herdsman, and then spent 25 years making amazing cheeses the Italian way. Several years ago, he and his partner headed back to the States and bought the 400+ acre farm in where he's making the same fantastic aged and fresh cheeses and raising goat, cows, sheep, and more. Brent welcomed us into his farm store for a chat and a tasting of his truly fabulous cheeses, which have an Italian soul adapted to American regulations.
Find Lime Kiln's cheeses (plus pasture-raised meats, eggs, and other goodies) at their farm store, and follow them on Instagram to see when they're at farmers' markets in the region.