Joe Matos Cheese Factory
Their Original recipe for Portuguese farmstead cheese, handmade on their farm using raw milk from their own small herd in the Laguna de Santa Rosa.
Textures and flavor profile of silk and sweet cream butter, St. Jorge is a mild semi-hard cheese with excellent melting quality and undeniable Matos grass fed tang.
Excerpt from the 2020 feature article by Val Larson "Joe Matos Cheese Co.– A journey to the Azores in our own backyard”
"What do you get when you mix old world Portuguese charm, five generations of traditional cheese making and a hard-working family farm? Three heartwarming, unpretentious and memorable cheeses and a business true to its roots.
When Joe and Mary Matos immigrated from the volcanic island of Sao Jorge in the Azores in the mid 1960’s after they got married, they eventually settled in the Laguna de Santa Rosa. They brought with them their cherished family cheese recipes and that powerful stuff most immigrants bring to their new homes and communities, a drive to succeed, inner strength and heart that is a vital component to any community. This is another proof that embracing the diversity that all cultures bring to the community will revive health, hope and strength to the collective and individual body and mind.We have had the opportunity to visit the Matos farm several occasions and every experience has given a sense of being in another time and place. It is an oasis of old-world Portuguese calm, especially welcome now as the opportunity to travel is not something most of us pursue.”