The Wilton Historical Society is offering two upcoming workshops on cheese, one for adults and one for children.
Herbed Goat’s Milk Cheese Making for Adults, Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2-3:30 p.m.
Goat milk cheese, often referred to as chèvre, is available in a wide range of tastes, textures, and firmness, and can be fresh or aged. For most of United States history, dairy goats were utilized by small family farms as a personal source of milk cheese, and during World War II, dairy goat production increased as a component of Victory Gardens.
This workshop for adults about how to make a simple farmer’s cheese from goat’s milk will be led by museum educator Lola Chen, who will talk about the history of goat’s milk cheeses, and help participants make a scrumptious, tangy soft cheese, flavored with herbs.
The cost to participate is $20 for Wilton Historical Society members, $25 for non-members. Register via email or by calling 203.762.7257.
Farmer’s Cheese Workshop for Kids, Saturday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
According to ancient records, the making of cheese dates back more than 4,000 years. In fact, the Pilgrims included cheese in the Mayflower’s supplies when they made their voyage to America in 1620. The making of cheese quickly spread in the New World, but until the 19th century it remained a local farm industry.
Before the age of mass distribution and consumerism, dairy farmers started making cheese to preserve excess milk. Farmer’s cheese was one of the first, and arguably the easiest, they likely made, which is probably why this type of cheese has a wide-ranging culture and long history around the world under a wide variety of names, such as chevre, paneer, Neufchatel, and Queso Blanco.
This workshop for kids is all about cheese! Museum educator Chen will be talking with the children about the history of cheese, and the participants will make some farmer’s cheese as their workshop project. The farmer’s cheese will make a great snack served on soda biscuits, which the kids will also make.
The program is suggested for ages 6-12. The cost to participate is $10 per child for Wilton Historical Society members, with a maximum of $25 per family; or $15 per child for non-members, with a maximum of $35 per family. Register via email or by calling 203.762.7257.
The Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7.