Savory Oregano Cheddar Cheese Goot Essa

Savory Oregano Cheddar Cheese

Goot Essa

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A semi-hard cheese with the sharpness of cheddar, balanced by the earthy flavor of oregano. This cheese is aged for 12 months. Slice it for snacking, use it in a tuna melt, or pair it with a lemony salad and summer’s freshest tomatoes. It also goes well with honey and tart preserves, like cranberry, and is exceptional with dry, fruity white and red wines, Belgian-style saisons, wheat beers and pale ales. 

Contents: 4-ounce block of cheese


Producer: Goot Essa

Location: Howard, Pennsylvania 

In the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, “Goot Essa” means “good food” or “good eating.” Goot Essa began in 2001 with a cooperative of six family farms. Today it’s owned and operated by John Esh Jr. and his wife, Anny Mary. Each farmer continues to work their fields with horse and manpower instead of machines, which means the farms are small and every acre and animal are cared for with love and respect. The farmers contribute fresh, high-quality milk, which Goot Essa’s cheese makers craft into small-batch, hand-made, all-natural cheese.

This farmstead, raw cow milk cheese is made with milk from the Esh family farm in central Pennsylvania’s Nittany Valley. It’ll keep unopened in your refrigerator for three months. Once opened, wrap loosely in parchment or wax paper and eat within six weeks.