Farm Boy’s Guide To: Cheese

Creamy, dreamy, cheesy! From an ooey-gooey mozzarella pull to the crumbly, salty bite of an aged cheddar, there’s no limit to the flavours of cheese. With only four simple ingredients (milk, cultures, a coagulant, and salt), there is a seemingly endless variety of cheese available to tantalize your palate. What transforms these ingredients into melty magic involves variations in temperatures, times, acidity, the use of salting or brining, and ageing.  

At Farm Boy, we have a wide array of cheeses in our stores to satisfy your culinary curiousity. For a product to earn the distinction of being under the Farm Boy brand, it undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it meets our high quality standards. Traditional methods, small batches, and the best ingredients all contribute to the cheeses we carry under the Farm Boy name. Explore our guide below to discover what tasty finds should earn a spot in your shopping cart. 

Farm Boy™ Brie

Farm Boy™ Brie

Named after its French region of origin, Brie is best served at room temperature or warm for maximum creaminess. Our Brie is made locally in small batches in Ontario.

Type of Milk: 🐄

Flavour: Buttery, creamy, fresh.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Double Cream Brie, Farm Boy™ Triple Cream Brie

Best Uses: Baked and served with a crusty baguette and jam or melted in a grilled cheese.

Recipe To TryBBQ Baked Brie with Summer Vegetable and Balsamic Glaze

Farm Boy™ Irish Cheddar

Farm Boy™ British Cheeses

Our British Cheeses are handcrafted from the milk of grass-fed cows for unparalleled quality and taste. The Irish Cheddar is aged for 12 months for a mellow flavour, while the Scottish Cheddar uses a recipe that’s been passed down for 150 years.

Type of Milk: 🐄

Flavour: Nutty, smooth, mellow.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ English Cheddar Cheese, Farm Boy™ Irish Cheddar Cheese, Farm Boy™ Red Leicester Cheese, Farm Boy™ Scottish Cheddar Cheese, Farm Boy™ Welsh Cheddar Cheese

Best Uses: On a charcuterie board, in a grilled cheese sandwich, or melted in an omelette.

Farm Boy™ Buffalo Mozzarella

Farm Boy™ Buffalo Mozzarella

Originally made from the milk of the Italian Mediterranean buffalo, our Buffalo Mozzarella comes to us from Ontario water buffalo. Made in small batches, it has a delicate flavour.

Type of Milk: 🐃

Flavour: Mild, creamy, fresh.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Buffalo Mozzarella

Best Uses: Melted on pizza, in pasta, or drizzled with olive oil and a pinch of salt.

Recipe To TryBerries, Greens, and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad

Farm Boy™ Camembert

Farm Boy™ Camembert

Similar in look and flavour to Brie, Camembert gets its name from the town in northwest France. Made locally in small batches in Ontario, try it covered with a fruity jam or drizzled with honey.

Type of Milk: 🐄

Flavour: Moist, soft, creamy.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Camembert

Best Uses: Baked and served with a loaf of crusty bread or melted in macaroni and cheese.

cheddar cheese

Farm Boy™ Cheddar Cheese

Arguably the best known of all cheeses, cheddar is a popular variety due to its varied flavour, depending on its age. We make ours in small batches in Ontario using 100% Canadian milk.

Type of Milk: 🐄

Flavour: Varies, depending on the age, but usually sharp, buttery, tangy, or nutty.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Organic 3 Year Old Cheddar Cheese, Farm Boy™ Organic Double Smoked Cheddar Cheese, Farm Boy™ Organic Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Farm Boy™ Organic Marble Cheddar Cheese, Farm Boy™ Organic Medium Cheddar Cheese, Farm Boy™ Organic Old Cheddar Cheese, Farm Boy™ Sharp Small Batch Cheddar

Best Uses: As a snack, in sandwiches, grilled cheeses, casseroles, and on charcuterie boards.

Recipe To Try: Cheesy Onion, Leek, and Spinach Hand Pies

Farm Boy™ Cotija Cheese

Farm Boy™ Cotija

Named after the town of Cotija, Mexico, this cheese comes in “young” and aged varieties. Young cotija is like a mild feta, while aged cotija is closer to a hard cheese, like Parmesan.

Type of Milk: 🐄

Flavour: Mild, salty, tangy.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Cotija

Best Uses: Sprinkled on tacos, over rice, and over nachos.

Recipe To TryGrilled Mexican Style Street Corn

cottage cheese

Farm Boy™ Cottage Cheese

The cheese that began all cheeses, cottage cheese was often homemade. It earned the name around the mid-19th century, and has since become popular for its high protein content and versatility.

Type of Milk: 🐄

Flavour: Sour, but versatile.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Pressed Cottage Cheese

Best Uses: In pancakes or waffles, pastas, and dips.

Recipe To TryCreamy Roasted Butternut Squash Cannelloni

cream cheese

Farm Boy™ Cream Cheese

A fresh cheese, cream cheese is used in both sweet and savoury recipes. We make ours locally using 100% Ontario milk and European fermentation principles for the best taste and texture.

Type of Milk: 🐄

Flavour: Neutral, subtly sweet, mildly tangy.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Cream Cheese

Best Uses: As a spread, in dips, or desserts like cheesecake.

Recipe To TryCreamy Raspberry Tart

Farm Boy™ Farmstead Fontina

Farm Boy™ Farmstead Fontina

First produced in the Aosta Valley in northwest Italy, we’ve incorporated those traditional cheese-making methods into our Fontina. A younger Fontina made from Ontario milk, it has a natural, milky flavour.

Type of Milk: 🐄

Flavour: Mild, milky, creamy

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Farmstead Fontina

Best Uses: Raclette or melted in an omelette.

Recipe To TryCheesy Egg Bites with Prosciutto and Pesto

Farm Boy™ Farmstead Gruyère

Farm Boy™ Farmstead Gruyère

An easy melter, Gruyère is a popular choice for fondues. Named for the town of Gruyères in Switzerland, our version is made in St. Marys, Ontario and is naturally aged for 12-18 months to achieve its robust flavour.

Type of Milk: 🐄

Flavour: Rich, nutty, salty.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Farmstead Gruyère

Best Uses: Melted in fondues on in a grilled cheese sandwich.

Recipe To Try: Cheesy Spinach and Sundried Tomato Frittata

Farm Boy™ Organic Feta Cheese

Farm Boy™ Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is crumbly and slightly grainy, usually made from a blend of sheep and goat milk. Three of our feta options (Farm Boy™ Barrel Aged Feta, Farm Boy™ Organic Feta, and Farm Boy™ Sheep Feta) are imported from Greece, while our other feta cheeses are made locally!

Type of Milk: 🐄, 🐐, and/or 🐑

Flavour: Creamy, tangy, salty.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Barrel Aged Feta, Farm Boy™ Cow Feta Cheese, Farm Boy™ Cow & Goat Feta Cheese, Farm Boy™ Goat Feta Cheese, Farm Boy™ Organic Feta, Farm Boy™ Sheep Feta in Brine

Best Uses: Crumbled in salads or baked in pasta.

Recipe To TryWatermelon, Cucumber, & Feta Salad

Farm Boy™ Goat Cheese

Farm Boy™ Goat Cheese 

Many countries have attempted to lay claim to being to originator of goat cheese, with France earning the distinction through naming it chèvre (or goat in French). Since goats were among the first domesticated animals, it’s tough to determine the birthplace of this tangy, creamy cheese.

Type of Milk: 🐐

Flavour: Soft, creamy, tangy.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Cranberry Cinnamon Goat’s Milk Cheese, Farm Boy™ Fig Goat’s Milk Cheese, Farm Boy™ Garlic & Herb Goat’s Milk Cheese, Farm Boy™ Honey Goat’s Milk Cheese, Farm Boy™ Light Goat’s Milk Cheese, Farm Boy™ Mediterranean Goat’s Milk Cheese, Farm Boy™ Original Goat’s Milk Cheese

Best Uses: Crumbled on salads, mixed into pastas, or added to cheese boards.

Recipe To TryMediterranean Pesto Pasta with Goat Cheese

Farm Boy™ Halloumi

Farm Boy™ Halloumi

A salty cheese with a high melting point, halloumi is ideal for grilling. With its characteristic squeak and springy texture, it can hold up to high heats. Getting a crispy skin on it makes for a beautiful mouthfeel when combined with the melted interior.

Type of Milk: 🐑, 🐐, and/or 🐄

Flavour: Tangy, salty, springy.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Garlic & Herb Halloumi Cheese, Farm Boy™ Halloumi Cheese, Farm Boy™ Spicy Chili Halloumi Cheese

Best Uses: Grilled as a kebab or burger.

Recipe To TryGrilled Chicken and Halloumi Platter

Farm Boy™ Mascarpone

Farm Boy™ Mascarpone

Rich, smooth, and spreadable, mascarpone is also known as Italian cream cheese. Made by a small group of Canadian artisans, ours works beautifully in both sweet and savoury dishes.

Type of Milk: 🐄

Flavour: Soft, creamy, sweet.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Mascarpone

Best Uses: In desserts or stirred into soups or pastas for added creaminess.

Recipe To TryBanana Berry Crepes with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

Farm Boy™ Mozzarella

Farm Boy™ Mozzarella

The number one choice for pizza! Mozzarella cheese is a semi-soft, non-aged cheese that has origins in southern Italy. We make ours in small batches using 100% Canadian whole milk for that signature stretchy melt.

Type of Milk: 🐄

Flavour: Creamy, rich, mild.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Mozzarella Ball

Best Uses: Sliced into a caprese salad or melted atop pizza or a baked pasta dish.

Recipe To Try: Mozzarella al Pesto Salad

Farm Boy™ Panela

Farm Boy™ Panela 

A fresh cheese that’s also known as queso canasta or queso de la canasta, panela is originally from Mexico and has similarities in flavour and texture to India’s paneer. Our panela comes from Quebec and has a moist texture and mellow flavour.

Type of Milk: 🐄

Flavour: Mellow, creamy, fresh.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Panela

Best Uses: Fried and served with a drizzle of lime juice or baked and eaten with tortilla chips and salsa.

Farm Boy™ Ricotta

Farm Boy™ Ricotta

An Italian whey cheese with a sweeter flavour, ricotta is made from sheep, cow, goat, or water buffalo milk. While you can make your own, ours is produced locally with 100% Canadian dairy for a rich texture.

Type of Milk: 🐄

Flavour: Rich, creamy, milky.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Ricotta

Best Uses: In lasagnas, desserts, or spread on toast.

Recipe To Try: Herbed Ricotta Spread

Swiss cheese

Farm Boy™ Swiss Cheese

Recognizable by its signature holes or “eyes”, Swiss cheese has a mild, nutty flavour. Ours is made with organic ingredients, including Canadian milk, and is free of lactose, animal rennet, and GMOs.

Type of Milk: 🐄

Flavour: Sweet, mild, nutty.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Organic Swiss Cheese

Best Uses: In sandwiches, fondues, and casseroles.

Farm Boy™ Vegan Poutine-Style Cheese

Farm Boy™ Vegan Cheese Alternatives

You don’t have to dig dairy to enjoy cheese! Our vegan cheese alternatives match the regular stuff in terms of flavour, texture, and meltability. We offer plenty of options to be used in any of your favourite cheesy comfort dishes.

Type of Milk: 🌱

Flavour: Varied, depending on type.

Varieties Available: Farm Boy™ Original Vegan Parmezzan Cheese, Farm Boy™ Vegan Cheddar-Style Block Cheese, Farm Boy™ Vegan Cheddar-Style Shredded Cheese, Farm Boy™ Vegan Cheddar-Style Sliced Cheese, Farm Boy™ Vegan Feta-Style Cheese, Farm Boy™ Vegan Mozzarella-Style Shredded Cheese, Farm Boy™ Vegan Mozzarella-Style Slice Cheese, Farm Boy™ Vegan Parmesan-Style Shredded Cheese, Farm Boy™ Vegan Poutine-Style Curd Cheese, Farm Boy™ Vegan Provolone-Style Sliced Cheese, Farm Boy™ Vegan Smoked Gouda-Style Block Cheese, Farm Boy™ Vegan Smoked Gouda-Style Sliced Cheese, Farm Boy™ Vegan Swiss-Style Sliced Cheese

Best Uses: In sandwiches, on salads, tacos, nachos, poutine, burgers, pastas, and pizza.

Recipe To Try: Vegan Loaded Rainbow Poutine


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