The Potsdam Food Co-op's featured Cheese of the Month for October is Sbrinz Alpage. Sbrinz Alpage is a hard cheese made from the raw milk of cows that graze on the varied flora of the Swiss Alps and produced only in the summer. It is aged for 30 months to develop its complex flavor, and then further aged for 3-6 months in a cellar deep in the mountain at Reichenbach. The cellar's humidity allows for the softening of the gold/brown rind and further develops the flavor. Sbrinz has a bloomy aroma, a crumbly hard texture and a rich, buttery umami flavor. Having been produced for centuries, it is considered by some to be the oldest cheese in Europe and the "grandfather" of gouda and parmigiano. Suggestions: Sbrinz Alpage is a unique addition to a cheese plate when served in chunks or möckli. Serve it with fresh or dried fruit. Often used in place of parmesan, it is easily grated onto pasta dishes, pizza or salads, and may be melted into risotto or au gratin dishes. Pair Sbrinz Alpage with Downeast Pumpkin Craft Hard Cider; an unfiltered blend of apples, pumpkin, and delicious chai - available at Griffs Beverage Center in Potsdam’s Seacomm Plaza. Show your Co-op cheese receipt at Griffs and receive 10% off this featured cider during the month of October. Find Sbrinz Alpage 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 delicious cheese will receive 10% off for the entire month of October. 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 us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.