Handa Farm, Hokkaido
Located in the Tokachi region of Hokkaido is Handa Farm, a small dairy producing cheese from the milks of cows born and raised on the property. A true farmstead, Handa Farm names its three product lines after the three types of grass eaten by the cows, “Orchard”, “Timothy”, and “Alfalfa”. Within each cheese line they also produce flavor variations unique to the season. Check out some of their cheeses below.
One style of “Timothy” cheese incorporates the Kiyomi grape of Tokachi. Handa Farm uses the Kiyomi pomace (grape leftovers from pressings) to age this semi-hard cheese. While aging, it absorbs the boozy flavors of the pomace.