Mariposa Dairy dominated this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair competition for cheese made with goat, sheep or water buffalo milk. Mariposa’s Tania Lenberg Farms Toscano Sheep Cheese was named Grand Champion. Three other Mariposa cheeses won their classes as did Tania.
Tania, a farmstead Toscano-style sheep’s milk cheese, is a relatively new addition to the array of cheeses produced by Mariposa Dairy in Lindsay, Ontario. Sweet and nutty, attractive on the cheese board, Tania already has many fans.
A distinctive characteristic is the colour of the paste that deepens as the cheese ages. Cheesemaker Pieter vanOudenaren says the orange colour comes from the carotene in milk. The inset shows a wedge of Tania in our cheese bin that was made in early 2012, now nicely aged, darker in colour and delicious.
Mariposa markets its goat and sheep cheeses under three labels: Celebrity, Mariposa Dairy and Lenberg Farms Classic Reserve.
Here are the results for cheese made with goat, sheep or water buffalo milk:
Grand Champion Goat, Sheep or Water Buffalo Milk Cheese
Mariposa Dairy – Tania Lenberg Farms Toscano Sheep Cheese
Reserve Champion Goat, Sheep or Water Buffalo Milk Cheese
Woolwich Dairy – Woolwich Dairy Crooked Wheel
1 Gordons Goat Dairy – Farmstead Goatagiono aged 2.5yrs no GMO
Mold Ripened Cheese
Unflavoured Fresh Cheese
Flavoured Fresh Cheese
All New Innovations
Any Cheese Made with Sheep’s Milk
1 Mariposa Dairy – Tania Lenberg Farms Toscano Sheep Cheese