Originally Posted by Cary Grant
Murray's and Artisanal have invested fortunes and years in order to develop their own affinage, and it really does (in the US market) require a very high density of customers to make that work.
The cut-to-order artisan/farmstead cheese movement is booming to the point where there are more/better shops across the country than ever and many take very good care of the cheese. But I get where you coming from. Is there no shop near you?
I'm in Houston. Houston Dairymaids is decent, but they focus on Texas cheeses, which for the most part are very average. Central Market has an OK selection of imported cheeses, but they sell them pre-cut and at whatever stage of ripeness they happen to be. We actually also have a Murray's section in Kroeger, but the selection is pretty disappointing. There's nothing like a full Murray's, Artisanal, or Beecher's here, not to mention the smaller shops that get cheeses of questionable legality.