Visit Our Lady of the Angels Monastery; http://www.olamonastery.org/
Days before Christmas, we took a drive through the countryside in beautiful Crozet, Virginia on our way to Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. I have known about the monastery for years now and the delicious Gouda cheese, made fresh by the work of the sisters of the monastery. I decided I would purchase some cheese for a Christmas gift…and had to have some for ourselves as well!
The Monastery is surrounded by such beautiful scenery, but I’m partial to the scenic views of the countryside surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains anyway. As soon as we arrived I started snapping pictures of the kids since the scene was set with such a beautiful background. We were also greeted by their cute little dog, Jesse James. I wish I had taken a picture of Jesse, but we were too busy petting him. He was such a friendly greeter!
Once we finished taking pictures and meeting Jesse James, off we went up the long path to get some cheese! Once we walked through the doors, we were greeted by the kind sisters of the monastery, and the beautiful sounds of the organ playing in the sanctuary. Finally, I was purchasing this cheese that I had been hearing about for years. I have no idea why it has taken me so long to make it out here when it’s only around half an hour from my house. The Gouda is delicious….REALLY delicious! My Mom has enjoyed hers as well…it was the perfect Christmas gift!
My plan was to save mine for the New Years get-together at our house, but I just couldn’t wait that long. The kids and I have been snacking on it, and I have been searching through Pinterest for recipes with Gouda cheese.
The Gouda comes in two pound wheels, covered in red wax coating to preserve freshness. The monastery isn’t currently set up for online orders, but they will email an order form which you can fill out and mail with a check. The cheese is made with fresh milk from grass-fed cows, and your purchase will go to support the monastery and the works of the sisters. If you live in the area, then I suggest making the trip out to the monastery. It is a beautiful place and you will enjoy the experience. If you do not live in the area, and want to purchase cheese, you can find instructions for making a purchase here. While you are visiting the website, you can learn more about the monastery, the cheese-making process, and how it all began.
Here are some photos from Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Crozet, at http://www.olamonastery.org/.
Thanks to the works of the sisters and the fresh ingredients they put into their product…we will definitely visit again soon!