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Bonhomme French Brie

By Rebecca Joerres, October 3, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Rebecca Joerres

brieCrusty bread, prepare to meet your match! Just in time for your next party or impromptu gathering, Isigny Ste. Mère Brie is in stores now and you’ll only find it at Whole Foods Market. Just look for the logo of the smiling bonhomme (that’s French for a jolly fellow.) This delightful cheese comes from a co-operative of 570 farmers in Normandy, France. Normandy is a lush area of rolling hills that produce very fertile grasses and the cows that graze on these grasses produce high butterfat milk.

Brie maturingOur Brie is unique in that it contains 60% butterfat, a formula customized especially for Whole Foods Market. This butterfat content imparts full and complex flavors to the cheese, resulting in a rich, buttery mouth-feel and herbaceous flavor. It’s also produced using a traditional slow pasteurization process and no growth hormones, such as rBST, are given to the cows.

In addition to being superb cheese makers, Isigny Ste. Mère is committed to being a good citizen and protecting the ecosystems of Normandy. In 2008 they converted their facility to biomass renewable energy from the waste of saw mills, park service and industry. They also use a water recovery system to provide steam energy. Isigny Ste. Mère Brie is simple to serve with your favorite fruit spreads or chutneys – just remove from the refrigerator about an hour before serving.

Feeling more adventurous? Try one of our favorite Brie recipes.

Here are even more ways to feature brie at your entertaining table. Do you love cheese as much as we do? Then follow our Global Cheese Buyer, Cathy Strange, on Twitter @WFMCheese or like the Facebook page of the Whole Foods Market Cheese Department.

What are some of your favorite ways to serve brie?

Category: Cheese




Tom says ...
This cheese is great ! I had it last week, just toasted with honey: Wonderful !!!
10/18/2012 3:47:45 PM CDT
P. Ross says ...
Do you carry French camembert?
10/24/2012 7:05:07 PM CDT
Megan says ...
@P. ROSS - Our selection varies by store. Your best bet is to call or stop by your local cheese counter and ask!
10/25/2012 8:58:59 AM CDT
Linda says ...
Would it be possible to let us vegetarians know when if a cheese does or does not contain animal rennet? That would really be appreciated!
11/27/2012 1:47:51 PM CST
Mike says ...
This cheese contains a rennet suitable for vegetarians, it's on the label ! ;)
12/06/2012 9:05:44 AM CST
Nico says ...
Original brie comes from the Brie region which starts about 20 miles east of Paris (main towns are Meaux and Melun, in which are produced "Brie de Meaux" and "Brie de Melun", which are not to be confused) Now generic "brie" can be produced anywhere, even in Normandy ;o)
12/17/2012 8:29:57 AM CST
Lucero says ...
Do you carry pesto & garlic monterey cheese?
12/27/2012 10:39:03 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LUCERO - Our products vary between locations so check with our local store to see what options they have in stock!
12/27/2012 5:37:12 PM CST
Helena says ...
Help Cathy! I'm on a special diet (specific Carbohydrate Diet) & is required to eat Farmer's Cheese (dry curd cottage cheese) daily. I live in Honolulu, Hawaii & cannot find this cheese at Whole Foods here. I have asked several.employees for help & all their answers are "Never heard of it" and refused to help me further. I am willing to buy 20, 30 even 50 lbs of this cheese if u would bring it to Hawaii. Just last week I bought over $100 worth of Brie, St Angel's cheese because I love it. Could u also give me the address & location of one of ur East Coast WF chain that carry this Farmer's Cheese & I will try to order from them and see if they would ship it to Hawaii. I am desperate for any help I can find to help me regain my health. Thank u for any consideration u can give me. Kindest regards' Helena
02/22/2013 6:11:43 AM CST
Joy says ...
Is this cheese gluten free?
11/09/2014 3:31:43 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JOY - I would suggest reaching out to the vendor directly at http://www.isigny-ste-mere.com/EN/contact.php to find out if it is gluten free.
11/14/2014 4:12:12 PM CST
Sungcha Cha says ...
I am looking for Brie de Meaux, a French cheeze that is rich in vitamin K2. Would you recommend a French cheese you have that has vitamin K2? Thanks. Sungcha
08/21/2015 2:34:42 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SUNGCHA - Since our cheese options will differ between stores, check with your local store to find out what they have in stock.
08/31/2015 1:52:39 PM CDT