Robie Farm Toma

Robie Farm Toma
A nutty, salty Alp-style cheese made from raw milk

The raw milk Toma is an Alp-style cheese made in Piermont, New Hampshire, on the rim of the Connecticut River. The Robie family has farmed this site since 1870, and its sixth generation currently maintains a herd of Holstein-Friesans, Jerseys, and Normande cattle, producing milk, cheeses, and meats from the farmstead.

Robie Farm Toma’s rind is buffy blond, about one millimeter thick with a texture like fine sandpaper. The scent is earthy, redolent of dusky mushrooms from cave-aging, and the cheese’s paste is waxy yellow and pricked with propionic holes.

Robie Farm Toma

The texture on the tongue is smooth at first, then bursts into an umami-salt explosion. The heavy salting breaks the form of Alpage cheeses, which were traditionally lower in salt to conserve resources. But the richness and nutty-savoriness of the cheese counterbalance the briny effect.

Pairing Wine and Other Foods with Robie Farm Toma

This cheese needs a fruity wine with low to medium acidity. Try Beaujolais (Cru or Village), Dolcetto, Barbera, or Pinot Noir. Choose food pairings that off-set the salt and allow the subtle savoriness to shine: fruit spreads or chutneys, juicy stone and pome fruits, fresh or blanched vegetables, or simple whole-grain breads.

Robie Farm Toma

About $20/lb.
Robie Farm, Piermont, New Hampshire

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