Branched Oak Farm is dedicated to the practice of producing farmstead cheeses. Our farmstead cheese is unique in that it’s made right here on our farm, using milk from our own animals. Because we utilize this practice when making our cheese, we’re able to control how the milk is produced. We know that our milk is chemical-free and has the unique flavor from grazing on only our farm’s grasses. The French use the word ‘terrior’ to describe this unique taste. Why is this so important? Because we get to monitor each and every step. Few dairies can claim that they know how the cows are treated, how they’re fed, and how the milk is collected. We feel very fortunate to be able to manage our farm in this way.
Being a farmstead operation, we have the advantage of being able to milk our cows and make cheese onsite. Our milking facility and cheese making facility are attached. The cows are brought in each morning and milked. The milk is collected and then chilled in the bulk tank. Depending on the type of cheese we’re going to make, it’s either pasteurized in the cheese vat or used to make raw milk cheese. Our cheese is aged in our very own cave. This temperature- and humidity-controlled environment allows our cheese to ripen to perfection.
What is Quark? Quark is a European cooking essential, similar to yogurt cheese, but not so sour. It is one of our bestsellers and will add a pleasant tang to any recipe. Package prices 8oz $4, 16oz $7.50
We use the best of our farm-fresh, pasteurized milk to produce a Camembert reminiscent of northern France. We age this fragrant cheese in our cheese cave for 2-3 weeks before it’s ready.
Once you break through the soft rind, you’ll discover a cheese that is flavorful and creamy. Grab a baguette, an apple, some nuts and a bottle of your favorite red to go along with this one. Package prices $2.50 - $13
Branched Oak Farm Gouda is a raw-milk, natural rind cheese aged in our cave for a minimum of 60 days. It’s a firm cheese with a nutty taste. We also offer younger, pasteurized versions, typically flavored with cumin, dill or nettle leaves. Package prices $3-$15
These hand-stretched and formed balls are handles with love and packed in whey. Mozzarella is only available during tomato season from mid-June through late September. Package prices $4 - $10
These cheeses are made in extra small batches and only seasonally. This is a way for us to test-market certain cheeses as well as highlight the differences in the milk throughout the season. Price varies.
This is fun to make and we’re excited to be using a variety of creative herb blends to bring an easy snack cheese to market. Some of these herbs are sourced in Nebraska! Check out www.rickyandlucysgreenhouse.com