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Niagara’s Upper Canada Cheese Company

uppercanada-01The town of Lincoln may not be on your list of food lover destinations, but that’s a mistake. Located in the Niagara region of Southern Ontario, Lincoln is comprised of Beamsville, Vineland, Jordan, Jordan Station, Campden, Tintern, Rockway, and Pelham Union.

In Lincoln, you will find vineyards, fruits and vegetables from the farmers themselves, and some of the best restaurants and shops. One such example is the Upper Canada Cheese Company, the only creamery in Canada whose cows’ milk cheeses are crafted from fresh Guernsey milk. I headed out to the storefront in Jordan Station to learn more about the cheeses being made in the town I now call home.

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I was greeted by Cathy, who let me sample every one of the cheeses made in house.  I started off with trying the famous Comfort Creams. They come in two flavours; regular and maple smoked.  The Comfort Creams are camembert-style soft cheeses that are hand salted, hand turned and hand wrapped, with the maple being cold smoked with maple chips.

The other cheeses they make are Niagara Gold (Oka-style), Guernsey Girl (Scandinavian bread cheese), Nosey Goat Nanny Noir (camembert style, rolled in vegetable ash), Nosey Goat Camelot (semi-firm, washed rind goat cheese), and their newest cheese Jordan Station (maple-smoked gouda).

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The Upper Canada Cheese store also sells local and unique artisanal food products. This came in handy when I asked Cathy to recommend a jam to pair with my Maple Smoked Comfort Cream. She had quite a few to offer but I settled on Exotic Jelly’s Vanilla Pear Jelly from Niagara on the Lake.  The smokiness of the Comfort Cream pairs perfectly with the tartness and woodiness of the pear and vanilla, respectively.

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Make sure to stop by and help celebrate The Upper Canada Cheese Company’s 10 year anniversary by adding a little Comfort to your day.

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