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The Abbey of Gethsemani is a community of Roman Catholic monks belonging to the worldwide Order of Cistercians of Strict Observance commonly known as Trappist. The community was established in 1848 in Trappist, Kentucky. Currently 48 monks live here.

Product Inquiries:

What brand of bourbon?
Jim Beam Bourbon (4yrs old -100 proof) is used in fruitcake and fudge.
Fruitcake and bourbon fudge do contain alcohol.

Do you produce organic or sugar free items?
We currently do not make organic, gluten free or sugar free items.
Fudge products that do not contain nuts have been manufactured in a building with equipment that is used to process food that does contain nuts.

Gethsemani Farms started producing fruitcakes in 1955.
Fruitcake can be kept for up to a year or longer and does not need to be refrigerated.
Fruitcake will darken with age. Refrigerating will make slicing easier and should be served at room temperature. Dipping your knife in warm water and wiping blade after each slice makes slicing easier.
Bourbon is injected into the fruitcake after it is baked.
2 1/2 & 5 lb Fruitcakes come in tins. 20 oz cake- boxed individually, but sold only in combination of 3 or 6.
2 1/2 lb cake-probably 20-24 slices depending on thickness of each slice.
***Bourbon content is less than 2 oz in a 2 1/2 lb cake. ***
8.47 grams trans fat per cake     .21 grams trans fat per 1 oz slice

Production of the chocolate bourbon fudge began in 1991. The bourbon is added to the fudge at just the right time to enhance the flavor and retain the alcohol.

Chocolate Bourbon Fudge has finely chopped pecans
Butter Walnut Bourbon Fudge has English walnuts. (White chocolate)
Mint Julep fudge started in 2011- made with dark chocolate, using spearmint extract & peppermint oil.
Chocolate Walnut Fudge (non-bourbon)
We now offer 8 varieties of fudge.

*For easier cutting and flavor, fudge needs to be refrigerated upon arrival and served at room temperature.
Each 1lb box yields approximately 18-20 pieces - depending on how you cut it.

The monks of Gethsemani began making and selling a single hand-made cheese in the 1940s. After over sixty years of making cheese, Gethsemani Farms has opted to outsource the initial stage of the process. We partnered with a Wisconsin cheese maker with over 100 years of cheese making tradition. They now produce wheels of cheese to our specifications. The uncured cheese is shipped to us and placed in our cheese cellars to begin the aging process. It is hand washed by the monks as it matures, developing the traditional flavors that are characteristic of Trappist cheese. * We appreciate and look forward to your continued support.

*We are confident that this new arrangement will provide you with the same consistently high quality cheese to which you are accustomed.

Gethsemani Farms offers four varieties of Trappist semi-soft cheese:
Mild Cheese has a creamy, earthy flavor
Aged Cheese is kept 6 months before shipping-strong, full flavor
Mild & Aged Cheese continues to age
Smoked Cheese has a hickory smoked flavor
Basil Pesto is a processed cheese made with our mild cheese using basil, oregano & garlic.
Cheeses contain culture, salt & milk. The live bacteria (the good bacteria) make the natural cheese. The rennet in the cheese is artificial. (rennet congeals the cheese.)
The products are not organic.
Cheese is available in these sizes:
3 lb wheel
24 oz half wheel
12 oz flat
12 oz wedge
6 oz wedge

Service Gethsemani Farms started taking catalog orders in 1955 and opened our phone center in 1999. 1-800-549-0912. Orders can be placed year round.
Our hours:
9 a.m.-3 p.m. ET January-August Monday -Friday
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET September- November 14 Monday-Friday
Special Hours: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. ET November 15-December 22
Saturday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET

GIFT SHOP HOURS - Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET (closed on Holidays & Holy Days) Phone # 502-549-4406

**Credit Cards are charged immediately. **

Free Shipping is post office (parcel post) or UPS ground.
It can take up to 14 working days for delivery.
We cannot guarantee a certain delivery date.
If the package is going out NOW, it will ship the next day (except for Holidays and Week-ends)
Last day for Christmas Deliveries in United States is 12-12-11
However we accept orders up to 12-21-11 Express shipping is available (next day and 2nd day air) but we can’t guarantee delivery before or on Christmas day.
Next day air orders placed on Wednesday will be delivered on Friday.
2nd day air orders placed on Wednesday will be delivered the following Monday.

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