St. Stephen is a beautiful, hand-crafted triple cream that bursts with buttery and milky overtones. A smooth, silky interior made from all natural jersey cow’s milk and fresh jersey cream creates the perfect texture, while the soft, bloomy rind adds an earthy flavor with nutty undertones. St. Stephen will leave you wanting more to share with a friend and a glass of bubbly. This classic cheese works anytime of day – spread it on your toast for breakfast, serve it as an appetizer before dinner or dress it up with some honey or berries for a fancy dessert.
Four Fat Fowl are committed to making a locally-sourced product that they can be proud of. It seems only fitting that their name should be locally-sourced as well. The operation is based in Stephentown, a small town in Rensselaer County, NY. This area has a rich history going back to the colonial era. In the seventeenth century, the Dutch colonized the Hudson Valley and established a system of landholding called patroonship. The patroon was the landlord of a large piece of land on which lots of tenants settled. The last patroon of Rensselaerswyck (what is now Rensselaer County) was Stephen Van Rensselaer. Stephentown was named after him. His tenants called him the "Good Patroon" because he was lenient in collecting rent, which for tenants who had been there for seven years or more included "four fat fowl", a day's labor, and ten to twenty bushels of wheat per hundred acres. This fantastic history gave Four Fat Fowl the perfect name.
St. Stephen's awards include:
- 2016 Gold medal in the artisan cheese category, New York State Fair
- 2016 sofi™ Awards finalist
- 2015 Silver medal in the artisan cheese category, New York State Fair