In celebration of Mother's Day and International Women's Day, we explore a delicious Mother's Day cheese board selection for March; each one created by a female cheesemaker.
There is a strong tradition of female cheesemakers in the artisan cheese world. Historically in farming, the men would have been responsible for the more physical work on the farm and the women would have made the cheese. Today, there continue to be many inspirational females creating artisanal cheese and we are proud to work with many of these.
Featuring a soft, hard and a blue cheese, why not treat Mum to this Mother's Day cheese selection, which celebrates some of our iconic female, artisan cheesemakers.
We recommend ordering 80-100g of cheese per person when choosing your cheese board selections (and of course more if you'd like to enjoy eating the leftovers!)
This hard cheese is pioneered by Ruth Kirkham of Beesley Farm in Lancashire. The cheesemaking skills were passed down from her Mother and has been made since 1978. A traditional, farmhouse Lancashire cheese; Kirkhams is made using a traditional two day curd method. The cheese is open textured and buttery with a hint of sharpness.
Originally created by Jane Grub & her husband Louis, their daughter Sarah has now taken the reigns of the family business and produces this delicious, Irish blue cheese. Sarah recommends enjoying Cashel Blue with a glass of port, desert wine or a glass of pear juice.
Village Maid Cheese was started by Anne Wigmore in 1986 after she had been working for the National Institute for Research in Dairying, initially in the microbiological department, and then learning her craft of cheese-making in their research dairy.
Wigmore cheese has something of the 'melting chocolate' texture of Reblochon, but with a distinctly different taste due to the ewe's milk. It is light and delicate with a superb complexity which always makes the cheese a treat to enjoy.
For more Mother's Day cheese ideas, browse our collection of Mother's Day cheese gifts