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Nettle Meadow Farm expands its Open House

THURMAN - Nettle Meadow Farm and Cheese Co. will be hosting their fourth annual Open House, Cheese Tasting and Farm Tour on Saturday, Oct. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. This year's open house features expanded free attractions, including live music, a haunted farm trail, and children's games as well as the tastings of their gourmet goat cheese that's nationally acclaimed.

All are welcome to attend and join the fun, farm representatives said. The afternoon will feature free cheese tastings, complimentary food featuring goat cheese, and a free farm tour so that visitors can meet the dairy goats, sheep and Jersey cows along with their barnyard friends. Tents will be in place so everyone can enjoy the day, rain or shine.

This year's cheese sampling menu features Bacon Crisps with Kunik and Pear, Stuffed Mushrooms with Herb, Pepper Garlic Chevre, Bruschetta with Oil & Garlic Chevre, Roasted Pepper and Basil, Moroccan Chicken & Goat Cheese Phyllo Squares, plus a dozen other varieties. Also to be offered are Baked Apples with Maple Walnut Chevre and Raisins, Honey Lavender & Pumpkin Spice Cheesecakes, and chocolate cheese truffles with orange muscatel sauce.

Nettle Meadow Goat Farm is a 50-acre, 300-head goat, sheep and cow dairy and cheese operation located in Thurman in the shadow of Crane Mountain.

Nettle Meadow distributes its handcrafted cheeses to restaurants and retailers in over 30 states. Last year, Nettle Meadow won the Silver Sophie award in New York City for best new product of 2008 with their honey lavender fromage blanc. This year they were honored to be a part of Juliet Harbutt's directory of the Word's Best Cheeses.

For details on the open house, contact the farm at 623-3372 or by email: cheese@nettlemeadow.com. The farm is located at 484 South Johnsburg Road in Thurman.

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