History of Cheddar cheese
Cheddars history is indisputably linked to the fertile counties of Devon & Somerset in SW England.
The EU has protected the word ‘Cheddar’ and only West Country Cheddars from Somerset, Devon, Dorset, and Cornwall may be officially called Cheddar. Now known as ‘West country Cheddars’
Where the word Cheddar has come from however, is a complete mystery as no Cheddar has ever been made in Cheddar!
The cheeses from the surrounding area of Mendip hills, south of Bristol in Somerset had become known as the ‘cheeses from cheddar’ from visiting tourists during the 17th Century. Maybe this is where the word ‘Cheddar cheese’ came from?
History of Barbers Cheddar
One of the oldest West Country Farmhouse Cheddars from Ditcheat in Somerset dating back to 1833.
In the early days milk from the farm was sold locally and the cheese made was to feed the family & workers.
Maryland Farm is situated less than 15 miles from the village of Cheddar itself.
Today the Barber farms are 2500 acres of prime dairy land and home to 2,000 dairy cows.
West Country Farmhouse Cheddar
Most dairy farms throughout the world make their own ‘Cheddar’ however the PDO ‘Protected Designation of Origin’ regulations help protect and preserve ‘West Country Farmhouse Cheddar’.
The PDO ensures you that Barbers Cheddar is
* Made only from local milk produced within he four counties of Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall
* Made on the farm using traditional methods, that the curds are still turned by hand
* Continue to be matured on the farm for a minimum of nine months
* Finally assessed by a professional grader to ensure it achieves the highest quality level.
All Cheddar approved by the PDO seal is your guarantee that you are buying a cheddar that is truly characteristic of the region.
Sustainable farming techniques
The Barbers family are not ones to stand still even after nearing 200 years in production.
The whey by-product is ultra-filtrated and split into 4 parts: cream for butter making, water for washing the dairy, lactose as livestock feed and protein dried into protein powder for dietary supplements. Nothing is wasted.
They are even working on new technology to see if they can generate their own electricity from an anaerobic digester, giving a whole new meaning to the power of cheese!
The Barbers family make a variety of dairy products…
Barbers 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar represents the achievements in making cheddar for over six generations. A few batches each month are deemed good enough to be matured for 24 months to reach its full potential.
This creates a cheddar that is intense with complexity and depth of flavour.With a slight crunch caused by the breaking down of milk proteins as the cheese ages.
Maryland Farmhouse butter is churched in Somerset to the traditional recipe used by the Barber family since they started making butter in the 1800’s.
Special traditional cultures used in the Dairy provide this Farmhouse Butter with its own unique and distinctive flavour.
Produced on the farm from the cream of the fresh milk collected daily. Only salt added to compliment the natural flavours and to help preserve it longer.
Barbers West Country Cheddar is a lovely buttery cheese that has a full mouth coating feel, with notes such as fresh grass and milkiness, a gentle Cheddar perfect for an occassion.
Special thanks goes out to the Barbers family for this beautiful cheese and…
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