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    NYC Whole Foods stores to carry exclusive local cheese

    Crown Dutchess cheese is produced by the Hudson Valley’s Chaseholm Farm Creamery and aged in Brooklyn’s Crown Finish Caves.

    By Store Brands

    Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market said it partnered with Crown Finish Caves to bring a new locally produced and aged cheese to its eight New York locations. The finished product — exclusive to the eight stores — is a washed-rind raw cow’s milk cheese produced by Chaseholm Farm Creamery, located in Pine Plains, N.Y., a town in the Hudson Valley. It is aged for more than 60 days at Crown Finish Caves, a first-of-its-kind cheese-aging facility located in a renovated and repurposed 1850s lagering tunnel 30 feet below the streets of Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood.

    Aptly named Crown Dutchess, the cheese is pungent and imparts the sweet flavors of fall, Whole Foods noted. Notes of almonds, sweet pink apple and a hint of saltiness are found in the paste, balanced by dry leaf tones at the rind.

    Crown Dutchess can be paired with a barley-wine or scotch ale, Whole Foods said. It retails for $6.25 per quarter pound.

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