Vermont Cheese Council e-Newsletter Volume 5, Issue 4 August, 2012

In this issue:

Cheese Events


Cheese News

Cheesemaking Classes


Join the Vermont Cheese Council

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Vermont Cheese Trail Map
The Vermont Cheese Trail Map is available for download, or if you would like some printed copies, please send a request to

Thank you retailers and other associate members for your support of the Vermont Cheese Council!

Billings Farm & Museum

Bob-White Systems

Black River Produce

Brattleboro Food Coop

Castleton Crackers

Castleton Village Store

Cheese Traders &
Wine Sellers

The Concord Cheese Shop

Dakin Farm

Dairy Connection

Diamond Information Solutions

Fairfield Cheese

Hanover Coop

Harvest Market

Healthy Living Market & Cafe

Hunger Mountain Coop

Jim Wallace Consulting

Joppa Fine Foods

Lebanon Coop

Middlebury Natural Foods Coop

Milky Way Farms

Mountain Cheese and Wine

Newport Specialty Foods

Peter Dixon Dairy Foods Consulting & Westminster Artisan Cheesemaking

Provisions International

Ren Hen Cafe and Bakery

Rock Art Brewery

Stratton Mountain Provisions

Sugarbush Farm

Sweet Clover Market

The Cheese House

The Cheese Shop / Wasiks

Wine and Cheese Depot

Upper Valley Food Coop

The Vermont Country Store

Vermont Roots

Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese

Woodstock Farmer's Market


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Cheese makes a wonderful gift. Many of our members sell their cheese  through their web site. Visit our cheesemakers online.

Blue Ledge Farm

Blythedale Farm

Bonnieview Farm

Boston Post Dairy

Cabot Creamery

Champlain Valley Creamery

Cobb Hill Cheese

Consider Bardwell Farm

Crawford Family Farm

Crowley Cheese

Does' Leap

Fat Toad Farm

Franklin Foods

Grafton Village Cheese

Hildene Farm Signature Cheese

Green Mountain Blue Cheese

Jasper Hill Farm

Jericho Hill Farm

Lakes End Cheeses

Lazy Lady Farm

Maplebrook Farm

Mt. Mansfield Creamery

Neighborly Farms

Orb Weaver Farm

Peaked Mountain Farm

Plymouth Artisan Cheese

Sage Farm

Scholten Family Farm

Shelburne Farms

Spring Brook Farm

Southwind Farm

Taylor Farm

Thistle Hill Farm

Turkey Hill Farm

Twig Farm

Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery

Vermont Farmstead Cheese

Vermont Shepherd

von Trapp Farmstead

Willow Hill Farm

Willow Moon Farm

West River Creamery

Woodcock Farm

Cheese Events

Thanks to everyone who participatied in the 4th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival!

With 1,750 tickets sold, the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms was chock full of cheese, and the revelers took full advantage of this amazing opportunity to sample hundreds of delicious cheeses.

As expected, everyone enjoyed the opportunity to rub elbows with the cheesemakers who make it all possible. Over 250 votes were cast in the People's Choice contest. Congratulations to Woodcock Farm!

And Congratulations to Brian Werneke on casting the winning ballot that landed him 2 tickets to the 5th Annual VT Cheesemakers' Festival!


Save the Date!

The 5th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival is set for Sunday, July 21st 2013!

(Tickets go on sale in early 2013 - check here!)


2012 American Cheese Society Awards

34 judges took on the monumental task of evaluating 1,711 cheeses and dairy products on both technical and aesthetic criteria to determine this year’s winners, and...

Twelve VCC members took home 30 ribbons!

Boston Post Dairy
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Cellars at Jasper Hill
Consider Bardwell Farm
Franklin Foods
Grafton Village Cheese Company
Maplebrook Farm
Plymouth Artisan Cheese
Scholten Family Farm
Thistle Hill Farm
Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery
Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company



Cheese News

At 9:12AM on Sunday July 15 at Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, VT, they gathered together their friends and family for a momentous occasion with a unique and lofty mission. They wanted to send a wedge of Bayley Hazen Blue into space, if only to say that they were the first American cheesemakers to take a beauty shot of cheese with the curvature of the earth as a backdrop. The story ran on their local news station and just about a week later, a local artist finished repainting the barn with a similar motif...

Castleton Crackers is excited to announce two new flavors in its line of Vermont artisan crackers:
Cabot Clothbound Cheddar - the ultimate artisan cheese cracker
Grafton Graham- with toasted sesame seeds. slightly sweet and salty at the same time this cracker pairs well with cheese.

Vermont Food Safety Stakeholder Summit

Food safety is an issue of growing importance everyone producing and consuming food, so several VT Cheese Council members took time to take part in the VT Food Safety Stakeholders Summit, held by the VT Department of Health; the VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets; and UVM Extension. Read the Complete Summit Report and Agenda for this important step toward improving food safety from farm to plate in Vermont.

Champlain Valley Creamery has finally moved!  Their new location is 88 Mainelli Road, Suite 3, Middlebury VT. They’re still unpacking boxes and getting organized but they made their first batch of cheese in Middlebury on July 28. 

Cheese Trail Map

Plan your fall cheese tour! Download the pdf map today, or use our Google Map Plan your day, a weekend, or vacation! Find out who is open daily, who offers tours, and how to make an appointment for those smaller operations and those off the beaten path.

Read the July/August 2012 issue of USDA's Rural Cooperatives magazine.  To request a hard copy or for more information contact


Cheesemaking Classes

Artisan Cheesemaking Workshops in Westminster, Vermont. 

Two and three-day workshops in making and aging cheese, taught by Peter Dixon. 


Advanced Cheesemaking : Soft-Ripened and Blue Cheeses
September 15-17

Affinage: Techniques, Microbes and Facilities
October 18-20

Click here for more information & a complete list of workshops.

The Vermont Institute For Artisan Cheese Classes

September 10-13
Essential Principles and Practices of Cheesemaking
September 14
Quality and Chemistry of Milk
September 17-18
Cheese Chemistry Short Course
September 19
Basic Sensory Evaluation Programs
September 20
Food Safety and Artisan Cheesemaking: Essential Hygiene Practices and Programs

Click here for more information and a complete list of classes.

Cheesemaking with Jim Wallace the 'Tech Guy' at

September 22-23
Your Next Big Step in Cheesemaking

October 13-14
French Cheese Making

October 27-28
Your Next Big Step in Cheesemaking

Click here for complete details.



By Courtney Contos,
Culinary Consultant @

Vermont Camembert and Peach Grilled Cheese

Ripe Peach, thinly sliced
Whole grain mustard
Woodcock Farm Summer Snow, thinly sliced (use any brie or camembert style cheese)
Fresh thyme leaves
Your favorite bread, sliced
Olive oil

Drizzle olive oil onto two slices of bread, then flip over. Spread the whole grain mustard evenly on both sides of the bread. Layer thick slices of cheese on both slices of bread. Add peaches to one layer. Sprinkle with fresh thyme and pile together. Heat panini press, griddle, or grill pan to medium heat. When hot add sandwich, cook until golden brown on one side, then flip and cook on the other side. Slice and serve. 


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