Cheese of the Month Sampling at the Potsdam Food Co-op on August 12th The Potsdam Food Co-op's August Cheese of the Month sampling will be held during Feature Friday on August 12th. From 12- 2pm you will have the opportunity to sample Fresh Mozzarella, just in time for fresh local basil and tomatoes. Fresh Mozzarella, called mozzarella fresca in Italy where it originated, is an enormously popular cheese that was first made with the milk of the water buffalo. Today, most fresh mozzarella is made from pasteurized cow's milk, which gives it its creamy white color. This cheese has a delicate, slightly elastic texture and a milky mild flavor. Because it is fresh rather than aged, it is normally packed in water and is best when consumed at room temperature within 2 or 3 days. Suggestions: Combine slices of fresh mozzarella with sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, and olive oil for a Caprese salad, cube it into green salads, use in paninis, or to top pizzas, flatbreads, or crostini. Serve it with roasted eggplant slices, red bell peppers, and basil, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Fresh Mozzarella is also good with cured meats, melon, and grapes. Pair Fresh Mozzarella with La Fin du Monde, a Tripel Style Beer; rich and sophisticated, earning several international titles thanks to its refined taste marked by notes of grains, fruit, and spice, supported by a slight bitterness. Available in 750ml bottles at the Co-op. Also, pair Fresh Mozzarella with Birds of Paradise Hard ‘Sour’ Cider; featuring flavors that begin with bright and zesty waves of lime, and finishing with gentle notes of ginger and tart hibiscus. Available in 4 packs/12oz at the Co-op. Find Fresh Mozzarella featured in items located in the Grab n’ Go section of the Co-op’s Deli case this month, along with recipes in the blog section of the Co-op’s website. Purchases of this award winning cheese will receive 10% off for the entire month of August. The Potsdam Food Co-op & Carriage House Bakery and Deli is located at 24 Elm Street and open daily from 8am to 7pm with curbside service available. 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. A large selection of specialty items such as gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan foods are also available. For more information please call 315-265-4630 or visit www.PotsdamCoop.com, find and follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.