Just to recap, in our Cheese of the Month program, we select one Great Canadian Cheese, tell you a little about it and then donate 10% of the proceeds of sales of this monthly cheese to a local charitable organization.  Last year, through various initiatives, Peches & Poivre donated in the neighbourhood of $1000.00 to local causes.   Click on the photo to take you to our website and see which charity was chosen by our people’s poll, to receive proceeds of this year’s Cheese of the Month program.

This year, through a ‘people’s poll’ on our Facebook and Website, the Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program (LCTRP) was chosen to be the beneficiary of our Cheese of the Month program.  LCTRP provides a safe environment to introduce disabled children and adults to the benefits and healing powers of the horse.  The program does not receive any ongoing government funding and relies on donations, fundraising activities, and lots of volunteers to operate.

Our first cheese of the month this year, beginning NOW, May 1, is a cheese called Handeck.  Award-winning Handeck is made by the young Shep Ysselstein of Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese in Woodstock, Ontario.  It is a hand crafted, washed rind cow’s milk cheese that is produced using the same methods as a typical Swiss mountain style cheese.  The cheese is delicately aged on cedar wood planks which adds robust flavours.  It is a drier hard cheese with very rich and complex flavours and nutty overtones.  All of the milk used, comes from the family dairy farm.

We think ‘Cheese of the Month’ is a great way to try, and to get to know, one new wonderful Canadian cheese at a time while knowing that some of the money will be going to a good cause close to home.  Please drop in to Peches & Poivre for a sample of this lovely cheese and maybe take some home with you!

Food pairings:

It pairs well with red wines such as Pinot Noir and also dark roasted beers, perhaps Crooked Mile’s ‘Black Dog’ Stout. ENJOY!

Pick up a piece of Handeck , May’s Cheese of the Month, and know that you are helping to contribute to a valuable community initiative; 10% of the proceeds from sales of this special cheese will be donated directly to Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program (LCTRP).

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