Get Your Locavore On… Buy Local Cheeses at Hawthorne Fred Meyer

May 23, 2011

Fred Meyer’s Hawthorne Store at 39th and Hawthorne in SE Portland (the only Leed’s Certified Silver Grocery Store in Oregon) is promoting local cheeses and other local products at their Cheese Kiosk.

For the next few weeks you can sample up to 20 local cheeses and listen to local music as well. The kiosk has featured Pink Martini , Padam, Padam and 2011 Grammy Winner, Esperanza Spalding so far. Stop in for a taste and pick up their exclusive “Cheese Bytes” newsletter that features more information about the local cheeses they are selling:

The locavore movement gained momentum as more and more Americans became aware that eating “local” is both eco-conscious and healthy. Eat that which is grown in your neighborhood.  When you eat locally produced food, you ingest local minerals and vitamins that sustain your body and immune system while helping the environment by reducing the burden on the transportation grid.

The Fred Meyer Hawthorne Store’s cheese kiosk is offering several cheeses from local diaries and cheesemakers. Some are made using raw milk; many are vegetarian-suitable and use sustainable farming practices.

Featured Cheesemakers:

Oregon Cheeses:

The most recent additions to the cheese kiosk are from Tumalo Farms in Bend, Oregon. In March 2009, the U.S Cheese Championship Contest was stunned as a cheese maker “newbie” captured one of the most prestigious prizes in his profession with his “Classico”, a Gouda-Style Goat Cheese which finished second place in the “Hard Cheese” category. It was the first time an Oregon cheese had finished in the top three in the championship and one of the few times a goat milk cheese had finished that high in the competition. We are pleased to offer Classico and two other goat cheeses from Tumalo Farms: Fenacho, peppered with fenugreek seeds and Pondhopper, named after the local micro-brew that gives it an extra punch.

From Rogue Creamery, they offer five award-winning blues: Oregon Blue, Oregonzola, Smoky Blue, Crater Lake and a Fred Meyer exclusive crumble mixture of the four cheeses. In the fall we will also have the 2009 American Cheese Society Grand Prize Winner, Rogue River Blue. All Rogue Creamery cheeses are made with raw cow’s milk produced using sustainable farming methods and all are vegetarian-suitable.

Willamette Valley Cheese Company’s Brindisi is a Fontina-style cheese made using 100% organic jersey cow milk. The name of the cheese comes from the maiden name of the cheesemaker’s mother.

Washington Cheeses:

 Beecher’s at Pike Place Market began making its award-winning Flagship Cheddar in small batches behind glass for passersby to stop and watch the process.  They carry the original Flagship, naturally Smoked Flagship, Bandage-wrapped Flagship Reserve, No Woman (named after the Bob Marley tune and this Feline Foodie’s all-time favorite cheese) and Marco Polo. All of their cheeses are vegetarian-suitable. (A special Beecher’s Demo is scheduled for Saturday, May 28th – 11am to 3pm)

The cheese kiosk also has two farmstead goudas from Appel Farms located in Ferndale, Washington. Appel Farms practice sustainable agricultural methods and the entire family, parents and children alike, are involved in the farming and cheesemaking process.  Naturally Smoked Gouda and Jalapeno Gouda can be found on the cheese island, located next to the kiosk.

Many special events, including local wine and cheese pairing demos, are planned throughout this special event…

Get your locavore on at Fred Meyer’s Hawthorne Store!!!


Did you know that when you buy local each dollar you spend is used five more times to support the local economy?

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3 Responses to “Get Your Locavore On… Buy Local Cheeses at Hawthorne Fred Meyer”

  1. s. Says:

    I’m the local cheese buyer for our store and I love the fact that our large store supports so many local cheese makers(as many as will supply us). Many of them are goats milk makers but the actual flavors of the cheeses reflect the varied terrior of Maine–some are more mineral in flavor(rockier grazing area?) and some are more grassy. I tell people, if you really want to taste Maine, taste the cheese.

    • cheesemonger Says:

      Thanks so much for your comments – we REALLY need to support our local food producers more!!!


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