Pretty PNW Cheeses Pose for The Calf & Kid's New 2012 Calendar"/>
"It was agonizing," recalls LaVigne, who promises different cheesemakers' products will be featured in future editions of the calendar.
For 2012, LaVigne assigned January to a grassy, raw milk goat's cheese from Quillisascut Cheese Company, a two decades-old dairy in northeast Washington. All profits from sales of the $18 calendar will benefit a scholarship fund for Quillisascut's Farm School, a training program for aspiring farmers.
"It's a great way to reach a little bit beyond my modest retail storefront," LaVigne says of the project. "I wanted to foster a bond between cheesemakers and those of us in the city who eat their cheeses."
In addition to benefitting the state's cheese community, LaVigne hopes the calendar will serve to "keep people reminded of local cheese year round."
LaVigne says she did her best to match heavy cheeses to winter months and lighter cheeses to summer months, but her choices were somewhat constrained by what was available when Charity Lynne was shooting the pictures. Like fruit and shellfish, different cheeses have different seasons. "It's just a tip of the iceberg kind of thing," LaVigne says of her initial selections.
The featured cheesemakers "are all really excited," LaVigne says.
The 2012 Pacific Northwest Cheese calendar is available at The Calf & Kid.