Thornloe Cheese Company has been an anchor in the agricultural region of Temiskaming (land of lakes, rocks, trees and cheese) since 1940. Their mission is to produce cheese for a diverse, ethnic Canada while staying true to their heritage practices.
The only artisanal company in Canada with as wide a range of cheese products, Thornloe’s cheeses range from blues to bloomy rinds, cheddars to curd, Italian asiago to Tex-Mex shred. The Temiskaming region is the deepest rift valley in eastern Canada and lends itself to high-quality dairy, beef, and cash crop production.
Thornloe Cheese believes that being a truly great artisanal cheese company is founded on three principles:
Their tribute shines in Thornloe’s Devil’s Rock blue cheese; the cheese mimics the popular tourist rock overlooking Lake Temiskaming. The cheese is hand-pressed into pyramids, let to age, then dipped in black wax to replicate the area’s Canadian Shield.
Every conscientious food producer, chef and home cook knows the end result of the dish will only be as good as the quality of the ingredients going into the recipe. At its source, the milk used at Thornloe is high quality because of a unique diet of barley, grass and silage. Many say the cheese tastes as fresh as the Northern air!
Farmer-owned Thornloe Cheese Inc., respected for its quality products for over 75 years, is the first in Canada to produce Dairy Farmers of Ontario verified Grass Fed cheeses. Thornloe will launch cheddar and mozzarella made from DFO Verified Grass Fed Milk produced in the Temiskaming Valley.
Passing through Muskoka, nearly 600Km North of Toronto, is an agricultural clay belt and tourist destination made popular because of its fresh air, rugged terrain, rolling pastures and crystal clear lakes surrounded by the wilds of the Boreal Forest.
When produced with full fat milk from Grass Fed cows, cheese contains a surprising diversity of nutrients—not just protein and calcium as many people might assume. The nutritional characteristics of cheese are related to its composition, which depends on numerous factors, among which the animal diet is the most important.
Natural pasture and grass-based farming systems increase flavour and micronutrients that are beneficial to human health (CLA, Poly unsaturated fatty acids, omega-3, antioxidants, vitamins A and E, and Selenium) in milk and cheese. Grass Fed cheeses feature a health-promoting ratio of omega- 6 – omega-3 fat.
Grass Fed cheese is a truly unique food in terms of its broad range of nutrients.* (Martemucci, G and D’Alessandro, A.G., 2013)
Article provided by Thornloe Cheese Co. Learn more about Thornloe Cheese at thornloecheese.ca.