I have been buying their Brie for a couple of weeks from my favourite retailer at the Orange Grove Organic Markets, John Clanon, a staple stallholder for 8 years I believe...This week, I have tried the Chèvre as well. These are coming from a farm near Rambouillet called Ferme de la Tremblaye.La Tremblaye farm is just outside the village of La Boissière Ecole, in the “Rambouillet country”. It is surrounded by fields and ponds and adjoins the beautiful Rambouillet forest. Rambouillet is only 15 km away. They have a dairy herd of 150 cows and a herd of 600 milk goats, a cheese dairy, a shop for retail sales and an office building. They also have 310 acres of agricultural land for producing our own animal feed (oats and maize). Hence, they can claim the "Fermier" appellation as everything is produced on the farm. They produce a nice Brie as well as you can see both side by side here:
There is also a Camembert which is not yet available in Australia, I believe. Now, these appellations are actually a bit fanciful and should rather be called Brie de caractère or Camembert de caractére, as they are not produced in Brie, or Normandy for that matter, not even really close. Here are two maps showing the French Provinces before the French Revolution and the current ones. The Brie is no longer a province or region. Rambouillet is near the border of Ile de France, Orléanais and Beauce, rather than Brie further East. Normandie is now split in two regions. Go figure! French red tape at its best!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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