Old Ford's texture ranged from silky to weathered; craggy and crystalline depending on age. Young flavours were floral, and almost coco-nutty becoming progressively more savoury, briny, and concentrated with age.
Old Ford was made when the seasonal milk production was at its peak, usually between May and July. Unlike her other cheeses, Mary Holbrook liked to make each batch of Old Ford herself. The cheeses arrived with us a few months later and were turned once a week until they were sold.
This short 'farm-visit' film features cheesemaker Mary Holbrook at her farm near Bath in Somerset. Mary has her own herd of around a hundred home-bred goats, or 'the league of nations' as she calls them. As we follow her around the farm, the true depth of her knowledge and experience reveals itself. We hope you enjoy watching it.