De Oude Streek
Machedoux is the most renowned cheese speciality of the organic goatfarm The ‘Oude Streek’ (Old Region). Hanneke Kuppens produces a wide assortment of handcrafted raw milk goatcheeses. The organic goat farm and shop are located in the picturesque ‘Groningse Westerkwartier’, in the border area of the three northern Dutch provinces Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen.
A visit with Hanneke Kuppens of the organic goat farm, farmstead cheesemaking and farm shop ‘De Oude Streek’ in Zevenhuizen. View the short movie by Ied van Oorschot
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Often ‘De Oude Streek’ would get requests of a stronger tasting goats cheese. After experimenting with the cheese and packaging for about a year Hanneke came up with this result, the Machetin. Inspired by the Crottin, a world famous french goats cheese.
The Machetin becomes stronger, dryer and lighter closer to the use-by-date.
The Machetin is packaged in a little wooden box that provides a perfect condition for the Machetin to further ripen. The boxes are made by hand from locally grown wood in a small family company in the South of Germany.
On May 28th 2013 King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima visited Northern Netherlands. They took a short tour through Groningen and Drenthe and they got a taste of the delicious foods which the provinces had to offer. They visited the local food market Landgoed Nienoord. They were very interested in the goat cheese products from The Oude Streek. The Queen Maxima remembered that she had eaten Machedoux at a prevous time for her dinner. Maxima was glad to take some Machedoux with her because she is “crazy about cheese”.
Machère has been chosen third best cheese of the Netherlands during the event of ‘Taste of Holland’ at the Keukenhof. The panel of judges – TV chef Robert Verweij, culinairy journalist Felix Wilbrink and ‘cheese queen’ Betty Koster – described Machère as “Fresh, green, loose and creamy at the same time, earthy and nutty like it could have ripened in leaves. Pure and light butter cream tones.”
Lady Blue of De Kruidenwei became first, the Wilde Weide of Kaasboerderij De Eenzaamheid second.
New in the “De Oude Streek” assortment is the Macendré. Cendré means in French that the product is treated with charcoal ashes and that is exactly what happened with Macendré. The cheeses are rolled through the ashes after the white blooming rind has formed. The charcoal ashes deminishe the acidity a bit, delay the process of riping and make the cheese fuller in taste. This results in a creamy cheese with a black or greyish rind with a pleasantly earthy flavour. Macendré comes in 90 gram packaging.
Sunday, 4th of July the newest cruise liner of the Holland America Line was baptised by HRH Princess Máxima in Venice, Italy. During the festive ‘Royal’ lunch Machedoux was used to create a delicious cold starter plate. That makes it the third time this cheese speciality is being served to a member of the Dutch Royal family.
To guarantee the freshness the cheeses were delivered to Italy by special transport; the caddy of Puur Noord Nederland.
There is NO Q fever at ‘De Oude Streek’!
November 7th, between 11.00 AM and 4.00 PM there will be a Sustainability market at ‘ plein Beren’ (Korrewegwijk Groningen). A unique event with Fair Trade products, Organic and Regional products. ‘De Oude Streek’ presents their goat cheese specialties at the market