Vermont Ayr and Beets

Name of Menu Item: Vermont Ayr and Beets

Description: Crawford Family Farm Ayrshire cow’s milk cheese, pickled beets, peach sauce, pistachios

Recommended Drink/Food pairing: Lost Sailor I.P.A – Catena, Malbec

Ingredient list

Vermont Ayr – Firm, unpasturized aged Ayrshire cow’s milk cheese, similar to an aged cheddar

Pickled beets – beets, vinegar, salt, sugar

Peach sauce – yellow peaches, Drambuie, honey

Spiced Pistachios – cayenne, smoked paprika, salt, EVOO


Cultural significance/inspiration:  Ayrshire Scotland is home to a particular breed of cows that are priced for their dairy.  The region is known for cheesemaking, and there are a handful of excellent cheeses from Ayshire, such as Ayrshire Dunlop and other and other aged cheddars.  Unfortunately, imported Scottish cheeses are difficult to source, and are very expensive.  Luckily, The Crawford Family Farm in Vermont has two dozen Ayrshire cows, all bred from two cows brought from Scotland in the 1960’s.  They do one thing and one thing well: their Vermont Ayr, which usually is available in the late spring and sells out in just a few months every year.

Gluten content? None

Can it be made gluten free? It is

Dairy content? Cheese

Can it be made dairy free? No

Vegetarian? Yes

Can it be made vegetarian? It is

Vegan? No

Can it be made vegan? N/A

Nut content? Pistachios

Can it be made without nuts? Yes

Does it contain pork? No

Can it be made without pork? N/A


Common questions customers may ask about this menu item:

Q. Where are the beets from?  What kind are they?

A..  The beets are from Red Fire Farm.

Q.  Is the cheese pasteurized?

A. No, it is unpasteurized and pregnant women shouldn’t eat it.