Summer Field Alpine

Complex, sweet and nutty

  • Unpasteurised
  • Cows' Milk
  • Organic
  • Suitable in Pregnancy
  • Vegetarian

Only made when the cows are at pasture during the summer months, this cheese is in extremely short supply.  Made to a Swiss Alpine cheese recipe, it has that sweet, supple nuttiness associated with the best Gruyère and Comte.

Made by Camphill Village Trust: Botton Village Community (near Whitby), North Yorkshire, England.

More about this

Botton Village Community (a Camphill Village Trust) makes a range of traditional farmhouse cheeses using full-flavoured, quality milk collected from the community’s 46 Dairy Shorthorn cows (a traditional Craven breed known for the superb quality of their milk).

Alastair Pearson developed theses cheeses as a local lad who used to work at Botton before he travelled to Germany to learn his cheese-making trade.  It was there he learnt about Berg Kase – mountain cheeses made in Germany.  Using this knowledge, and the Dairy Shorthorn’s rich, yellow milk, Alastair makes Summerfield, this Alpine-style cheese.  Gruyère and Alpine-style cheeses are notoriously difficult to make and cannot be made from silage-fed animals (for technical reasons), so whereas Botton’s Dale End Cheddar can be, and is, made all year round, Summer Field is only made when the cows are out at pasture and thus in very limited supply.  This pasture-grazing gives the cheese its name – Summer Field.

Nowadays Summer Field is made by the Botton Village team.

Botton is one of the Camphill Village Trust that exist as social enterprise for people with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other special needs.  The community has over 70 residents, is set in the wild and beautiful North Yorkshire Moors, and is fully self-sustainable and biodynamic.  Each of the residents has a role – working on the farms, helping Alastair to make and age his cheese, or in other roles (such as the local store, wood workshops, making preserves and baking bread).

This product will have two weeks shelf life from the date of delivery.  Conveniently, at checkout you can choose a delivery date even well in the future if you would like your cheese delivering for a specific event.

Customer reviews

  1. Ann Evans

    Summer Field is one of my favourite (of MANY favourite!) cheeses at the Courtyard Dairy. Buttery, tangy- warm, sunny and complex with subtle hints of summer herbs and flowers. Utterly delicious!

  2. Kath

    Amazingly sweet yet creamy. My favourite of this type. Hope to try it again soon.

  3. C Serjeant

    A superb chees,looks and tastes wonderful. Serve at room temperature,out of doors and you are translated to a Swiss alpine pasture. A treat buy it when you can!!!

  4. Matthew

    As a vegetarian, finding the right cheeses can be difficult. I have been searching for something that could be a Gruyere alternative for a long time (many trials, many failures. This commenced as a Cheddar/Gruyere mix with delicate creamy and herby hints. It became more Gruyere-like as it matured (left for two weeks).

  5. MatthewW

    Brilliant cheese – the only vegetarian alternative to Gruyere/Comte I have found.

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