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Dairy Goddess Farmstead Cheese is offering four types of spreadable cheeses including Bliss which includes pistachios and cranberries. Photographed on display at the Fresno Food Expo on Thursday evening, March 8, 2012.
From sharp and pungent to milky and creamy, specialty cheeses come in all types and flavors. And whether you’re a novice or a cheese lover, the Valley has something for nearly every appetite.
The Whole Foods Market at Fig Garden Village in Fresno stocks more than 400 varieties of cheese, including several from the Valley. The store’s cheesemongers recently cracked open two 85-pound wheels of aged Parmigiano Reggiano from Italy.
A crowd of about 30 people feasted on samples of the sharp and versatile hard cheese.
“People in the Valley really like to eat cheese, and especially when it comes from local cheese producers,” says Alexa Popplewell, marketing team leader at Whole Foods in Fresno.
Cheesemakers hope to grow the local market for cheese, much like what’s been done for the region’s burgeoning wine and olive oil industries.