by Marshall Ward
Taste the difference of fresh-cut cheese at Kitchen Kuttings, located in the main market building of the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market.
Whether you’re looking for brie, gouda, Danish Havarti, or something you’ve never heard of, you’ll find something to perfectly suit your tastes.
“Working with cheese is a pleasure,” says Ruth, a friendly face at Kitchen Kuttings who has been working at the market for 30 years. “You get to find out what people like and what they don’t like, and we have a great variety of cheese from all over, local, imported, and Canadian cheeses.”
Headquartered in Elmira at their store and café, Kitchen Kuttings is a small, family-owned and operated business — and a purveyor of fine cheeses, jams, pickles, and their famous homemade summer sausage, cheese balls, and St-Albert fresh cheese curds.
“The cheese curds are very much a favourite at the market, they’re fresh, they’re squeaky, and they were just made the day before,” says Ruth, who is well-known among generations of market-goers for her hospitality and quick wit.
“Working here at the market, it’s amazing and always interesting,” she says.
The staff at Kitchen Kuttings know their cheeses, and they’ll help you find what you want — or what you never realized you wanted.
Kitchen Kuttings also carries goat’s milk and sheep’s milk cheese, popular alternatives to cheese made from cow’s milk, and valued for their creamy, mild flavour, as well as the ease of its digestion.
Then there’s Kitchen Kuttings’ wide selection of strong and flavourful cheddars like horseradish, double smoked, and their fiery ghost pepper cheddar.
“For some customers, the 10-year-old cheddar is their favourite. It has been aged naturally, it’s been stored and the flavour just increases over the years, and people will tell me that they just need a little piece to get all that nice flavour,” says Ruth.
Cheese shopping can be a fascinating culinary adventure, and Kitchen Kuttings is a great place to start, whether you’re putting together a custom gift basket or preparing an attractive cheese board for a family gathering.
Whether you prefer your cheeses gooey, stinky, mild, stretchy, crumbly, or some combination of the above, they’ll hook you up. Bon appetit.