Dec 29, 2017
Barbara Winter once said, “Creating a small world that impacts the big world is neither easy nor trivial”. Ben and Jerry often proclaiming, “If it isn’t fun, don’t do it”. Omar Mueller, creator of Freestone Artisan Cheese is a reflection of those profound statements as he shares his passion for Farmstead cheese (and other locally sourced food delicacies) with visitors to his iconic cheese shop in the picturesque hamlet of Freestone, one block off of Bohemian Highway.
When I asked Omar what his mission is, he said, “We live in one of the most spectacular places I have ever known. I want to encourage young entrepreneurs to create awesome food from this very fertile land we live on and work to make a living doing it”. He has a strong belief in the strength and ability of small, local businesses and entrepreneurs to make a difference in the community. Another part of this mission is to launch and showcase local artisan cheesemakers, including some talented newcomers.
It is delightful talking with Omar about the many fine cheeses in the shop. I had no idea that cheese is seasonal and what can influence the subtle flavors of the cheese. It kind of reminds me of wine tasting, but I remember each thing I taste.
One of my other favorites in the shop are the varieties of vinegars. There’s nothing like a good red wine vinegar to dress a salad. It frames all the ingredients so perfectly.
I look forward to returning to Freestone Artisan Cheese to try out Omar’s crepes. I understand they are made with a very special Buckwheat, not bitter like most of the buckwheat products I have tried in the past, and they are reasonably priced.
Freestone Artisan Cheese
380 Bohemian Hwy
Freestone, CA 95472
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