Vermont Cheese Council e-Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 10 December, 2010

In this issue:

Holiday Cheeses

Cheese Awards


Cheese News

Cheesemaking Classes

Join the Vermont Cheese Council

...more info

Vermont Cheese Trail Map
Vermont Cheese Trail Map ThumbnailVisit the Vermont Cheese Trail Map to plan your next excursion in Vermont.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

Black River Produce

Brattleboro Food Coop

Castleton Crackers

Castleton Village Store

Cheese House

Cheese Traders &
Wine Sellers

City Feed and Supply

City Market

Daily Planet

Dairy Connection

Dakin Farm 

Diamond Information Solutions

Equinox Resort and Spa

Fairfield Cheese Co.

Hanover Coop

Harvest Market

Healthy Living Market

Hunger Mountain Coop

Jim Wallace Consulting

Joppa Fine Foods

Lebanon Coop

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op

Mountain Cheese and Wine

Mountain Greens Market

Newport Specialty Foods

Norma's Restaurant at Topnotch Resort

Peter Dixon Dairy Consulting

Provisions International

Ren Hen Cafe and Bakery

Rock Art Brewery

South Royalton Market

Stratton Mountain Provisions

Sugarbush Farm

Sweet Clover

Upper Valley Food Coop

Vermont Cheesemongers

Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese

W.A. Tompkins Co

Wasiks Cheese Shop

Wine and Cheese Depot

Woodstock Farmer's Market


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Visit our cheese makers online.

Blue Ledge Farm

Blythedale Farm

Bonnieview Farm

Cabot Creamery

Champlain Valley Creamery

Cobb Hill Cheese

Consider Bardwell Farm

Crawford Family Farm

Crowley Cheese

Dancing Cow Farm

Does' Leap

Fat Toad Farm

Franklin Foods

Grafton Village Cheese

Hildene Farm Signature Cheese

Green Mountain Blue Cheese

Hope Farm

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

Ploughgate Creamery

Plymouth Artisan Cheese

Sage Farm

Scholten Family Farm

Shelburne Farms

Spring Brook Farm

Taylor Farm

Thistle Hill Farm

Twig Farm

Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery

Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co.

Vermont Shepherd

von Trapp Farmstead

Willow Hill Farm

West River Creamery

Woodcock Farm

Vermont Cheese
for the Holidays!

You still have time to get the the best of the best for you and yours this holiday season. Vermont cheeses make great gifts and are always a perfect part of your party presentation! Wherever you may be celebrating, order now and put Vermont cheese on your tables and trays.

Click here to find a Vermont Cheese Council retailer near you!

Take advantage of on-line and/or mail order sales from these Vermont Cheese Council Members:

Blue Ledge Farm
Bonnieview Farm
Cabot Creamery Coop
Champlain Valley Creamery
Crowley Cheese
Fat Toad Farm
Grafton Village Cheese
The Cellars at Jasper Hill
Neighborly Farms
Plymouth Artisan Cheese
Shelburne Farms
Spring Brook Farm
Taylor Farm
Thistle Hill Farm
Twig Farm
Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery
Vermont Shepherd 

Or check out these sites that often offer Vermont cheese:
Cow Girl Creamery 
Murray's Cheese
Saxelby Cheese

Just in time for Christmas, Mt. Mansfield Creamery is releasing the Tres Amigos, a Havarti with sundried tomatos, onion, and garlic, and available at the Montpelier Farmers Market and on Wednesdays at the Morrisville Farmers Market.

Mt. Mansfield has also teamed up with nearby Sage Farm to produce Chapel Lane using pasteurized milk, and available only at the creamery or at the farmers markets for Christmas and Valentines Day.

Cheese News

2010 World Champion Cheese Festival, Vermont Winners

Spring Brook Farm
Tarentaise ~ Best USA Cheese and Super Gold

Consider Bardwell Farm 
Manchester ~ Gold
Pawlet ~ Silver
Dorset ~ Silver

Cabot Creamery Cooperative
 Private Stock Cheddar ~ Silver

Grafton Village Cheese Co
Cave Aged Clothbound Cheddar ~ Bronze 

Willow Hill
Butternut ~ Bronze

Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery  
Vermont Creamy Goat Cheese with Roasted Red Peppers ~ Bronze 
Vermont Quark ~ Bronze

Our own Linda Dimmick of Neighborly Farms traveled to Birmingham to join 200 other judges evaluating 2,629 cheeses from 29 countries!  Thanks Linda & Congratulations to all the winners!


The Milk is the Medium
Opening Saturday, Dec. 11th
4:00 to 6:30pm
Cuchifritos art gallery/project space
Next to Saxelby Cheese in Essex Market

If you happen to be in NYC this Saturday, join Saxelby Cheesemongers and Blue Ledge Farm for 'The Milk is the Medium', an art show celebrating the paintings and cheese of Hannah Sessions & Greg Bernhardt.  Come by the market this Saturday to meet Hannah and Greg, view their farm and cheese-inspired artworks, and feast on their delicious goat cheese. Visit Cuchifritos for more information.


Try Plymouth Artisan Cheese’s latest Hickory Smoked Cheese and join them in Plymouth Notch for the Coolidge Holiday Open House this Saturday, December 11th, from 10am to 4pm.  

Plymouth Artisan Cheese will be making cheese and offering tours. Don’t miss out on the sleigh rides and craft demonstrations, and the gift shop will be open with cheese, maple syrup and other Vermont gourmet food items and handicrafts available.

Cheese News

Peaked Mountain Farm

Click here to visit Peaked Mountain Farm’s new blog and keep up with what’s happening on the farm!


Cellars at Jasper Hill is excited about rich 'winter milk' and the suppleness it lends to our soft cheeses like vonTrapp Farmstead Oma, and Ploughgate Creamery Hartwell. Both are looking pudgy and beautifully rustic. Check them out for yourself in your local VT co-op, or featured here in gift boxes added to our recently expanded web offerings.


In less than 12 minutes you can spend the day at Taylor FarmClick here to see the comings and goings, literally.  Hey!  Where’d that goat go!?!

Cheesemaking Classes

The Vermont Institute For Artisan Cheese Classes

January 10-13
Essential Principles and Practices of Cheesemaking

January 14
Quality and Chemistry of Milk

January 17-18
Cheese Chemistry

January 19
Basic Sensory Evaluation

January 20
Hygiene and Food Safety in Cheesemaking

February 21-24
Essential Principles and Practices of Cheesemaking

February 25
Quality and Chemistry of Milk

February 28- March 1
Cheese Chemistry


The Fairfield Cheese Company

Tuesday, January 18th 7-9pm
Cheese 101

Tuesday, January 25th, 7-9pm
Tuesday, February 8th, 7-9pm
Perfect Pairings: Cheese & Wine
Tuesday, February 15th, 7-9 pm
Cooking with Cheese: Cheesy Hors'doerves

The Fairfield Cheese School is in Connecticut, visit their website for a complete listing.

Become a Friend or Associate Member of the
Vermont Cheese Council

As a Friend of the Vermont Cheese Council, we welcome your donations to assist us with our endeavors to improve the production and advancement of Vermont cheese. Your generous support helps us to continue to grow and expand our technical support for members, while providing you with delicious Vermont cheese. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a friend of the Council or sign up now!

As an Associate Member of the Vermont Cheese Council, we welcome all industry related businesses and individuals who see the value in having a strong cheese industry in Vermont. Learn more about the benefits of an Associate Membership on our web site.

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