Jensen Cheese – A Welland Market Tradition

Since the 1940’s the Jensen cheese counter has been a familiar fixture at the Welland Farmer’s Market. IMG_4874 I remember pushing our oldest daughter in her stroller down the center aisle of the historic older market building and hoping the line up in front of their counter wouldn’t be too long. When you finally got to the front of the queue you could count on seeing Ed Coulson’s friendly face smiling at you over the counter. In those days, I never imagined that we would join the market vendors to sell wares and later be running a cheese and import shop just a stone’s throw from that very spot. Although we never were located in the venerable historic building, our business had it’s start about 18 years ago at the market.

We were sorry to hear that Ed was retiring and Jensen Cheese would no longer be selling their cheese at the market. It marks the end of a significant era.  We were thrilled, therefore, when Jensen cheese asked if we would be willing to continue to market their cheese in Welland. There have been many meetings, phone calls and emails as the details were worked out by Glen Echo Fine Foods who handle the distribution of Jensen Cheese in the rest of the province. We are happy and proud that we can now announce that the Jensen Cheese market tradition will continue right here next to the Welland Market at The European Pantry.

Our first delivery of Jensen Cheese arrived today. The boxes are emptyIMG_4876 and the cooler is stocked with Jensen’s traditional cheddars.  It was a bit of a challenge fitting it all in with the 75 other types of cheese we have in stock but with a bit of creative rearrangement we did it. When you see the large Jensen banner Saturday flying outside our store you will know you have come to right place.


We look forward to welcoming Jensen’s faithful customers and hope to make their cheese buying experience as friendly and as pleasant as the Jensen family have since the 1940’s.  We also take this opportunity to wish Ed Coulson all the best as he enjoys sleeping in on Saturday mornings now!! You can read more about Jensen Cheese by clicking here.

Welcome Vicky!

IMG_4841Welcome to our new employee, Vicky Stringer. We are enjoying her presence here at the store as much as she is enjoying all our cheeses…like this piece of Isle of Kintyre Highland Chief mature Cheddar with single malt whiskey.  Vicky isn’t the only person who thinks this cheese could be very addicting! Vicky helped me package up almost 100 pieces of cheese yesterday. So our cheese cooler is full and ready to please!

When They are Driving You to Drink!

IMG_4756 I would much rather pair a glass of Riesling with a grilled cheese made with Lincolnshire Poacher or Avonlea’s clothbound cheddar, however, I remember days when even getting grilled cheese sandwiches on the table was a challenge. For those days, here are some pairing suggestions!

Coffee Time!

IMG_4751There’s a chill wind blowing outside. Time to pull out a mug and fill it with your favourite coffee! I am a latte girl myself so dipping biscotti might be a bit of sweet over kill…but I love the scene in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” where Judi Dench explains the perfect technique of dunking one’s biscuit in a hot drink. You need to dip just long enough to soften your cookie but not so long that the cookie falls into the drink. My good friend Jane in Somerset told me of the morning she didn’t pull her digestive out of her coffee quick enough and it sank as a sodden lump to the bottom of her cup.  Her husband offered to switch cups….That’s love!

But I am enjoying my favourite joe in a new birthday mug and theseIMG_4746 great biscotti are a perfect bit of sweet to dip in and out in just that perfect “Exotic Marigold” way. Did The European Pantry really need to add another cookie to our current selection of over 30? Yes, Tuscan biscotti are too good to pass up. These Cantuccini Almond cookies made by Dolciaria Gadeschi in Corte De’ Frati near Milan, Italy are perfect dunkers.IMG_4747 Loaded with almonds and just the right about of sweetness to dip in your espresso IMG_4755and pull out at that right moment to enjoy. Thankfully we don’t have to go to Italy to get them…they are here for us to enjoy in Welland!