Thursday, April 18, 2013

Face Rock Creamery

Bandon Cheese is about to make a big-time comeback! The brand new Face Rock Creamery has set their grand opening for Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm.

The new 6000-square-foot factory, built on the site of the old Bandon Cheese Factory (which Tillamook Creamery bought in 2000 and promptly closed and demolished) is designed with visitors in mind.  It boasts two cozy fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling glass walls so you can watch the cheesemakers at work.

Head cheesemaker Brad Sinko will use single-source non-rBST milk from the Coquille Valley to create medium, sharp, and extra-sharp cheddar, a variety of flavored cheeses and those squeaky cheese curds we all love.  Face Rock Creamery will also serve Umpqua Ice Cream cones, just as the former cheese factory did.  Guess that's where we'll be going after our beach hikes from now on!

I'm so excited for the community of Bandon.  It took a tremendous amount of cooperation and coordination between the city, the residents and the developers to make this dream come true.  Way to go in bringing back a local, sustainable business!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"Cabruca Cigars"

No, I haven't taken up smoking.  I discovered a new treat at the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market.  Juliana Bounds, chocolatier at Cabruca Chocolates, makes a delicate caramel-pecan lace cookie which she rolls into a cylinder while still warm and then dips in dark chocolate.  My oh my, they are fine!  When I asked what they were called, she said she jokingly refers to them as "Cabruca Cigars."  I'm sure a box of these passed around at the end of a dinner party would be a huge hit.

I bought two, but only one made it home for a photo!

Friday, April 5, 2013

To Market, To Market....

The Umpqua Valley Farmers Market opens at 9:00 am tomorrow morning and I will be there, rain or shine, with my signature "Eat Local Produce" market bag.

I'll be looking for tender asparagus for roasting, just-picked lettuce and spicy arugula for my salads, elephant garlic stalks to flavor my soup, healthy greens for smoothies, lovely flowers for my table, transplants for my garden beds and delicious new things to sample from our local bakers and candy makers.

I can't wait!!!