Cow cheese PDO Neufchâtel from Fromagerie Villiers

1.00 kg/box

Cow cheese PDO Neufchâtel from Fromagerie Villiers

1.00 kg/box

Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Specifications
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 1kg of cow cheese PDO Neufchâtel
Race: Normande
1 x "white" Coeur de Neufchâtel PDO cheese, aged for 10 to 15 days (200 g, plastic-coated paper packaging): fresh and creamy cheese, slightly salty; covered with a white crust; its heart is chalky; it is not strong in taste
1 x "medium" Coeur de Neufchâtel PDO cheese, aged for 1 month (200 g, plastic-coated paper packaging): soft cheese with a yellowish centre ; taste of a more pronounced character than the "white"
1 x "refined" Coeur de Neufchâtel PDO cheese, aged for 2 months (200 g, plastic-coated paper packaging): cheese with brown centre and rind; strong in taste, the cheese lovers' preference
1 x "white" Double-bonde de Neufchâtel PDO cheese, aged for 10-15 days (200g, plastic-coated paper packaging): fresh and creamy cheese, slightly salty; covered with a white crust; its centre is chalky; it is not strong in taste
2 x "white" Neufchâtel Briquette PDO cheese, aged for 10-15 days (100 g, plastic-coated paper packaging): fresh and creamy cheese, slightly salty; covered with a white crust; its centre is chalky; it is not strong in taste
Neufchâtel cheese can be stored in the refrigerator in its original packaging for a few weeks; in time it will become still more aged, a young Neufchâtel will become "medium aged" in 2 or 3 weeks
seal icon
Environmentalist
seal icon
Product with history
seal icon
Farmer 360
seal icon
Young Farmer
seal icon
Family Farm
seal icon
Visitors welcome
Pierre Villiers
My name is Pierre Villiers, I was born in the '80s. My wife is a midwife and we have two beautiful children of 5 years and 3 months old. I arrived in 2010 at the cheese dairy having taken an unusual route. I obtained a degree in sports science to become a school teacher and fulfil a desire to educate. But I soon realised that this job was too boring for me. I needed more action and challenges. I left for Australia, where I spent a year, and it was on the other side of the world where my true values revealed themselves. I realised that what I wanted to do was ultimately what was part of our daily family life, our DNA: making cheese, close to my own, in a landscape of greenery. Since we were little, we've been steeped in it. As children, we played in the cellars and we had a salt tray as a sandbox, the cheese paste was used as a kind of improvised play dough. Later on, the holidays were punctuated by help with the activities of the cheese dairy... Today, my days are busy with cheese production which starts at 7 am, order preparation, customer management, deliveries and sales at the markets. Direct selling allows us to discuss our products directly with our consumers, which is motivating. The calving of our cows is arranged in such a way that we have cheese production all year round. As there are many of us on the farm, we each give ourselves a rest, during the quietest periods (when there is nothing more to do in the fields). Tradition, know-how, rigour, and passing it on are the values that motivate me every day.
Fromagerie Villiers
Our farm is located in the Pays de Bray, on the border between Normandy and Picardy. The climate is conducive to grazing cows. The grass is rich and abundant and the terrain does not allow farmers to develop field crops. The vast majority of farms are dedicated to cattle farming and dairy production because the clay soil and frequent rainfall promote grass growth. The Pays de Bray has always been very rural. Historically, it consisted only of small farms that all produced cheeses, cream and butter. We installed a borehole 7 years ago, which allows us to draw water to supply the farm, and it also permits us to reduce expenses. Wheat, barley, maize and alfalfa crops are naturally irrigated by relatively frequent rains in the region. The use of plant protection products is restricted to a minimum, i.e. the products are used only for external aggressions by pests or climatic hazards, therefore only when necessary and not systematically as in conventional agriculture. We are also increasingly moving towards natural methods for caring for animals (essential oils, probiotics, etc.). All our pastures are surrounded by hedges. They preserve biodiversity, provide comfort for cows (windbreaks, shade) and prevent flooding. We have just built a building that will allow a better storage of the grain and the objective over the coming years is to enlarge the cultivated area to have total food autonomy. We are the 7th generation in the Neufchâtel family. The first traces date back to 1850! During the Second World War, the cheeses were requisitioned by the Germans, so it was my great-grandmother, at the age of just six, who would travel the countryside to sell the farm cheeses "underground" to the people of the region. Our parents took over the farm in 1979 and I - along with my 3 siblings - took over in 2018. Simon takes care of the herd and the crops with the help of an employee, Pierre and Caroline are involved in the manufacture and sale of the cheese on the farm with 5 employees and Hugues, the fourth brother, takes care of the deliveries. Continuing the family tradition is a daily leitmotif for us. The organisation of the work is established in such a way that everyone has at least one day off per week, which is not easy on farms. Milking the cows takes place morning and evening every day of the year and the milk is processed 365 days of the year. The employees all live within a 8 km radius of the cheese dairy, which promotes local employment. The oldest of them has been here for 26 years. There's no waste of cheese. Unsold items are stored and refined for more than one year. They are a treat for local consumers who love their cheese very, very well matured! Indeed, nothing is wasted, everything is transformed! Whey (residue from the draining of cheese) is given to a pig farm. Hedge cuttings are used as firewood and wheat straw is used as litter for animals. Manure is spread for good soil fertilisation.
Technical information
Address
Fromagerie Villiers, Illois, FR
Altitude
240m
Team
4 women 4 men
Size
100ha
Irrigation
Rain and sprinkling
Flock size
90
Frequently asked questions
What impact does my purchase have?
How is my order traveling?
What purchasing guarantee do I have?
What benefits do I get from buying directly from the farmer?
version: 0.73.0_20221201_170906