It wouldn’t be Christmas without a hunk of great cheese.
No festive feast is complete without a selection of fancy curdy goodies to nibble on the sofa during a festive movie marathon and if you’re about to make your selection for ’23, make sure you check out your local makers first.
At West Cork’s artisan Lost Valley Dairy and Creamery, owners Mike and Darcie have once again put together a selection of delicious cheese boxes… and they’ll even deliver your pick to your doorstep in Cork completely free of charge.
The couple, who live on their “extremely small farm” outside Inchigeelagh with their young son Ned, hand milk five cows in their micro-herd of Droimeanns and Shorthorns.
The farm is spray-free and they don’t use chemical fertilisers. All packaging is plastic-free and nothing goes to waste either; their heritage breed pigs are reared on the leftover whey from the cheesemaking.
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At €25, the Mini Christmas Cheese Box contains a 300g piece of Carraignamuc, and a 300g piece of Sobhriste, with postage included anywhere in Cork – ideal for a stocking filler or a secret Santa gift.
There’s also a Crumbly Box (€40) containing a half wheel of the Sobhriste and a jar of their own Lost Valley Honey, and a Christmas Box Deluxe, featuring the honey, a half wheel of Carraignamuc and a half wheel of Sobhriste for €75.
It’s a cheddarhead’s dream… and you can even nab yourself one too with their One for Me, One for You deal – two boxes for €55.
All the Christmas Cheese Boxes can be tailored to suit your needs, so just email email@example.com to let them know your preferences.
The boxes can be ordered up until December 18th and will be delivered between December 19th and 22nd, 2023, arriving just in time for cheeseboard season.
Darcie will also be selling the boxes at the Skibbereen Market on Saturdays throughout December.