The Potsdam Food Co-op’s Cheese of the Month for September will be offered during their second Thursday Sampling on Sept. 12.

From 3:30 to 5:30 will have the opportunity to sample Urgélia, a Spanish cheese said to have the appeal of Monterey Jack with the appearance of Havarti.

Urgélia (pronounced ur-HEYL-ya) is a semi-cured pressed cheese made with the pasteurized milk

of Frisona cows. It is produced in a remote area of the Catalan Pyrenees near Barcelona, Spain.

It is the only cheese in Catalonia granted the Designation of Origin, a government sanction regulating production methods.

The one large cooperative that makes this cheese supports 200 small farms.

Urgélia has a brine-washed rind and a cream colored paste with small irregularly shaped eyes. The texture is soft and creamy with an acidic taste that is slightly nutty and a bit salty. It melts well and is delicious paired with burgundy or fruity wines, or beer.


Urgélia is an excellent choice for a cheese board. It also complements crackers, olives, and bread. Serve it fresh in salads or as a snack with fruit, peppers, nuts, or cured meats. Add it to your favorite cheese sauce recipe for an interesting Spanish flavor. Melt it on a sandwich or burger, or try it on vegetables or creamy polenta.

The Potsdam Food Co-op & Carriage House Bakery is located at 24 Elm St. and open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is a member-owned cooperative grocery store (although membership is not required) where everyone is welcome to shop and anyone is welcome to join.

Committed to the community and local sustainability, its emphasis is on providing natural and organic foods with the practice of buying from local and regional growers and producers. Signature artisan breads, scones, and treats are available on the co-op shelves daily that are made in its Carriage House Bakery and baked in its wood-fired oven. Salads, sandwiches, wraps and soups from the co-op’s natural foods deli and Big Spoon Kitchen are found in the grab and go section of the store. A large selection of specialty items such as gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan foods are also available.

For more information, call 315-265-4630 or visit, and follow on Facebook.

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