Green Dirt Farm Creamery debuted in June, just off of State Route 45, which leads directly into Weston, Missouri. Tourists and locals alike are flocking to the warm and rustic retail space that's near Green Dirt Farm's new headquarters. The farm began making cheeses in 2002 and is known for small-batch, artisanal creations like Dirt Lover, a bloomy rind cheese with vegetable ash.
Inside the creamery is a retail cheese shop and tasting room featuring all of Green Dirt Farm's sheep's milk cheeses, yogurts, cow's milk ice cream (think flavors like malted strawberry and basil-cantaloupe sorbet) and soon, sheep's milk ice cream, along with local charcuterie, beers from Boulevard Brewing Co. and wines from Kansas City-based Vox Vineyards. The tasting room sells a picnic-perfect variety of local and regional food products: Look for freshly baked bread from Weston's Hearth Bread Co.; pickles from Kansas City Canning Co.; and chocolate from Springfield, Missouri, favorite Askinosie Chocolate.
Creamery manager Pat McCroy, who also acts as cheesemonger and resident chef, has put together a small snack menu with cheese and charcuterie plates along with signature sandwiches. Try The Moo One, a grilled cheese featuring Green Dirt's Aux Arcs (an aged Alpine-style hard cheese made with a blend of cow's and sheep's milk, pronounced "Ozark"), Ruby (a soft-ripened cheese similar to Italian Robiola) and Swiss cheeses on French Farm or ciabatta bread from Farm to Market Bread Co.
Written by Jenny Vergara. Photography by Anna Petrow. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.
Editor's Note: This story reflects options available at the cheese shop in August 2016.