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Welcome


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Welcome


We love artisan cheese

We are a family of maniacal cheese-lovers with a commitment to making locally-sourced, handcrafted cheeses of the finest quality. Our signature cheese is St. Stephen, a decadent, award-winning triple cream. Our recipes are the product of more than 25 years of combined experience in the specialty cheese industry. Through careful crafting, we make cheeses that showcase the Hudson Valley's bounty and please palates all over the world. 


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Our Cheese


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Our Cheese


 

St. Stephen

Our first cheese 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 our 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.

To place an order for cheese, please contact us at fourfatfowl@gmail.com. 

 

St. Stephen's awards include:

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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

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The Flock


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The Flock


Josie, our business manager and amateur cheese maker oversees daily operations and finances for the business.

Willy, our head cheese maker, has over 15 years of artisanal cheesemaking experience.

Shaleena, our head of sales and marketing, works her mojo to get the cheese that we make into the mouths of grateful cheese lovers.

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What's in a Name?


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What's in a Name?


WHAT’S IN A NAME? – FOUR FAT FOWL

We are committed to making a locally-sourced product that we can be proud of. It seems only fitting that our name should be locally-sourced as well. Our 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 us the perfect name for our group.

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Where to Buy


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Where to Buy


California

Whole Foods Market, Huntington Beach

Whole Foods Market, Los Angeles

Venissimo Cheese, Los Angeles

DTLA Cheese, Los Angeles

Meat House, Los Angeles

McCall's Meat & Fish, Los Angeles

Milkfarm, Los Angeles

 

Maryland

FireFly Farms, Accident

Atwaters, Baltimore

Graul's Market, Lutherville and Ruxton

Roots Market, Clarksville and Olney

Chester River Wine & Cheese Co., Chestertown

 

Minnesota

The Wedge & Wheel, Minneapolis-St. Paul

Whole Foods, Minneapolis

Lunds & Byerlys, Minneapolis

 

New York

The Cheese Traveler, Albany

Honest Weight Food Coop, Albany

Whole Foods Market, Albany

Blueberry Hill Market Cafe, New Lebanon

Old Chatham Country Store, Chatham

Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn

The Big Cheese, Mineola

Zabars, New York

Citarella, New York

Murray's Cheese, New York

Stinky Bklyn, New York

The Cheese Plate, New Paltz

Water Street Market, New Paltz

Olde Hudson, Hudson

Talbott & Arding, Hudson

Sydney's "Taylor" Made Cuisine, Westhampton Beach

Artisanal Premium Cheese, Wallkill

McEnroe's Farm Market, Millerton 

Sparkling Pointe, Southold

Tarry Market, Port Chester

 

New Jersey

Nicholas Markets, N. Haledon

Sickles Market, Little Silver

Wine Library, Springfield

Super Cellars, Ridgewood

Cheese...Please!, Cranford

Brick Farm Market, Hopewell

Market Basket, Franklin Lakes

 

Rhode Island

Milk and Honey, Tiverton

 

South Carolina

American Grocery, Greenville

Avondale Wine & Cheese, Charleston

Boone Hall Farms, Mt. Pleasant

Goat.sheep.cow, Charleston

The Gourmet Shop, Columbia

 

North Carolina

Artisan, Winston Salem

The Wine Shop at Foxcroft, Charlotte

 

Virginia

Unwined, Alexandria

Cheesetique, Alexandria and Shirlington

The Locke Store, Millwood

Union Market, Richmond

Wine Maestro, Mooresville

 

Wisconsin

Willy Street Co-op, Middleton

 

Washington, DC

Bower's Fancy Dairy Products

Cork Market

Red Apron

Little Red Fox

If you don't see a retailer near you, email us at fourfatfowl@gmail.com. We can ship to you!

Have you seen St. Stephen somewhere else? Send us an email at josie@fourfatfowl.com and we'll add it to the list!