Born from numerous conversations around the Bridgham family dinner table, Four Fat Fowl was founded in 2013 in Stephentown, NY. With over 30 years of specialty cheese industry experience and a commitment to locally-sourced ingredients, Four Fat Fowl aims to showcase the bounty of the Hudson Valley, an historically-rich region. In the seventeenth century, the Dutch colonized the Hudson Valley and established a system of landholding called patroonship. The patroon acted as the landlord to tenants who rented land to live on and farm. Stephentown was named after Stephen Van Rensselaer, the last patroon of the patroonship that now comprises Rensselaer County. His tenants called him the “Good Patroon” because he was lenient in collecting rent, which included a day’s labor, ten to twenty bushels of wheat per hundred acres, and “four fat fowl.” This history gave the Bridghams the perfect name for their group.
St. Stephen is Four Fat Fowl’s first cheese and 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 the 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.