1. Give the Gift of Cheese
Using our online sales directory, you can find out how to order cheese directly from a favorite cheesemaker OR from a store local to you – and have it shipped to that cheese fanatic that you know! Each provider in the directory usually ships products and can help you put together a great box of goodness!
2. Cheese Paired with a Swank Vermont-Made Cheese Serving Board
Pick 3 cheeses – one cow, goat, and sheep each – and pair that with one of JK Adams’ cheese serving boards – handmade here in Vermont. You can find local cheesemakers, farmers markets, and stores that sell Vermont cheese here.
3. The Science of Farmstead Cheese Online Class
This online course is great for the cheese lover who wants to broaden their horizons and become a full-fledged cheese geek! It uses visual techniques to dives into questions like: How can one milk produce two totally different kinds of cheese? How is cheese made? More info here.
4. Create Your Own Tour to Visit Cheesemakers across Vermont!
Use the Vermont Cheese Trail to visit makers in your region or plan a day trip to another area of Vermont. Rated Marriott Hotel’s Bonvoy Traveler Magazine as one of the 7 Best East Coast Food and Wine Trails to Follow This Fall – the trail can swing you around to visit more than 50 cheesemakers across the state. You can check it out using the online version of the Vermont Cheese Trail map, which shows whether a cheesemaker has an “open” farmstand, if you need to call ahead in advance, or if they don’t have a store to visit. Pair up your route with other fun things by also checking out the Vermont Brewers Association’s Beer Trails, the farm walks shared by DigIn Vermont, or visiting a local state park for a walk or snowshoe!
5. For the Bookworm
Consider a great cheese story or reference book, like Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and Its Place in Western Civilization or Hay Fever: How Chasing a Dream on a Vermont Farm Changed My Life. These and other book ideas can be found here.
6. Attend The New Rules of Cheese Party on December 16th!
Hosted by Heritage Radio and cheesemonger/legend Anne Saxelby, this event is a celebration of all things curdy, creamy, and sharp! We’ll celebrate the launch of Anne’s new book, “The New Rules of Cheese: A Freewheeling and Informative Guide” – which we’ll talk about while Anne teaches you how to make a stylish cheese platter, repurpose nibs and bits of leftover cheese into something delicious, and expand your cheese palate to taste cheeses properly! December 16, 6-7 PM EST. Tickets are $14 and come with a copy of The New Rules of Cheese. Buy tickets here. We recommend ordering cheese from a local store or maker by December 8th – to have it on hand to snack on during this virtual “night out”!