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351 Wise Road, Howard, Pennsylvania 16841


What are the Goot Essa Cheese Shop hours?

The cheese shop will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. We are closed on Sunday.

What days can you expect us to be closed?

We do not work on Sundays, January 1, Good Friday, Monday after Easter, Ascension Day, Pentecost Monday, Fall Communion Holiday (October 11), Thanksgiving, Christmas, Second Christmas (day after Christmas). Otherwise, you can expect us to be at the shop.

When is the business office open?

Carolyn will be on the phone and on the computer Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the Amish holidays listed above, the office will be closed on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

How do we reach Goot Essa?

Carolyn (Office Manager); telephone 800-490-4387; fax 814-349-1262; email gootessacheese@gmail.com.
Cheese Shop; telephone 814-203-6595.
Steven (Sales Manager); telephone 814-482-1353.
John B. (Shipping Manager); telephone 814-203-6595.

How should cheese be stored?

Cheeses all need to be kept cool. How cold depends on the type of cheese. In general, soft cheeses need to be kept at less than 45oF. The rest of the cheeses need to be kept at less than 50oF. Cheese should never be allowed to freeze because of fat and oil separation and serious loss of texture.

Which rinds are edible?

The rinds of the soft cheeses (Der Weichen Gehl, Marn Vom Berge, and Emanuel Vom Tal) are designed to be eaten and are part of the flavor and texture of the cheeses. As Goot Essa cheeses have natural rind, whether they are eaten or not is entirely up to the purchaser. The rinds do change the tactile sensation of the cheese experience.

What are the white spots that develop on the rind?

The white spots are deposits of calcium and/or sodium chloride. They are completely harmless, and only indicate that the cheese is still maturing.

Can we visit the farm?

Certainly. Please call Carolyn at 800-490-4387 for an appointment so we can schedule someone to give you a tour.

A word about shipping…

We ship US Post Office, UPS or Fed Ex, using the most economical method consistent with maintaining good cheese quality. However, if you have a preference, please let us know; and we will do our best to accommodate you. If you need expedited shipping, we can accommodate this; but there will be an extra charge.

We do not ship on Thursday, Friday or Saturday unless delivery can be guaranteed within 2 days. We are insistent on this, as we do not want our cheese to sit in a heated building for an extra day or two, losing quality during that time.