Vermont Cheese Council e-Newsletter Volume 5, Issue 6 December, 2012

In this issue:

Holiday Cheese


Cheese News

Cheesemaking Classes


Join the Vermont Cheese Council

...more info

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

The Richards Group

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

Valcour Strategic Group

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

Holiday Cheese

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
Boston Post Dairy
Bonnieview Farm
Cabot Creamery Coop
Champlain Valley Creamery
Cobb Hill Cheese
Consider Bardwell Farm
Crowley Cheese
Fat Toad Farm
Grafton Village Cheese
The Cellars at Jasper Hill
Mt Mansfield Creamery
Neighborly Farms
Orb Weaver Farm
Plymouth Artisan Cheese
Shelburne Farms
Spring Brook Farm
Taylor Farm
Thistle Hill Farm
Twig Farm
Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery
Vermont Shepherd 

And check out these sites that sell VT cheese:
Cowgirl Creamery 
Dakin Farm
Murray's Cheese
Saxelby Cheesemonger

Best of the Fest

cheesemakers's sampler

Thanks to the experts at Cheese Traders & Wine Sellers, you can keep enjoying the Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival with the Best of the Fest, a carefully chosen selection of Vermont cheeses delivered to your doorstep. Complete information can be found here.



World Champion Cheese Festival, Vermont Winners

Cabot Creamery Cooperative & Cellars at Jasper Hill
 Cabot Clothbound Cheddar ~ Silver

Cellars at Jasper Hill
~ Super Gold
Alpha Tolman
~ Super Gold
Winnimere ~ Gold

Grafton Village Cheese Co
VT Clothbound Cheddar ~ Gold
Naked Cheddar ~ Gold
Bismark ~ Gold
Barndance ~ Super Gold
Shepsog ~ Bronze

Spring Brook Farm/Farms for City Kids
Tarentaise ~ Gold

Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery  
Bijou ~ Silver
Cremont ~ Bronze


The Scovie Awards
are given in Albuquerque, NM, and feature all foods hot, spicy and zesty.
Congratulations Cabot!

1st place:  Cabot Horseradish Cheddar
1st place:  Cabot Spicy Buffalo Cheddar
2nd place:  Cabot Tuscan Cheddar

2nd place:  Cabot Habanero Cheddar

Cobb Hill Cheese's Ascutney Mountain and Spring Brook Farm's Tarentaise were named as finalists in the 2013 Good Food Awards! Stay tuned ~ Winners will announced in mid January.

Cheese News

Save the Date!

Join us July 21st, 2013 for the 5th Annual VT Cheesemakers' Festival

Spend a few minutes warming up and indulging in footage from the beautiful, sunny 2011 & 2012 Vermont Cheesemakers' Festivals

Coolidge Open House Celebrates Traditions of the Season

This Sunday, November 9th
from 10am-4pm, come learn about the award winning granular curd Plymouth Cheese, based on the 1890 recipe, and see it being made at the Plymouth Cheese Factory. Enjoy Wine Tasting and other Vermont specialty foods, shop for old-fashioned toys, Vermont specialty foods and a wide variety of Vermont-made crafts. Buy locally and pick up unique stocking stuffers! Visit us on-line at

Find your Vermont Food Experience!

DigInVT is your portal to Vermont's agriculture and culinary experiences that are open to the public. Connect with the people and places in Vermont that make it an exciting destination. DigIn to Vermont’s agriculture and culinary tourism experiences!

Consider Bardwell Farm Manchester appears in the centerfold of Culture Magazine's Winter issue...

Order yours for the holidays as part of a special pairing arranged by Murray's Cheese.

Welcome new Vermont Cheese Council Associate Members!

The Richards Group: Scott Olmstead heads up the Specialty Foods and Agribusiness Insurance Program

Valcour Strategic Group: Valcour offers custom consulting services to cheesemakers with a focus on sustainability.

Jericho Hill Farm announces the release of their Jericho Hill Farm Hilltop cheese, their own Parmesan-style cheese.



Cheese Trail Map

Grab a map and visit Vermont! 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 November/December 2012 issue of USDA's Rural Cooperatives magazine.  To request a hard copy or for more information contact


Cheesemaking Classes

Cheesemaking Workshops with Peter Dixon in Westminster, Vermont. 

2013 Spring Schedule is available now, Click here for more information & a complete list of workshops.

The Vermont Institute For Artisan Cheese Classes

2013 Schedule is available now. Click here for more information and a complete list of classes.

Cheesemaking with Jim Wallace the 'Tech Guy' at

2013 Spring Schedule is available now, Click here for complete details.



By Courtney Contos,
Culinary Consultant @

Roasted Cauliflower with Gremolata

3 pounds (about 2 large heads) cauliflower
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
3/4 cup roughly chopped pecans
Zest of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup loosely packed grated Vermont Alpine cheese

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Trim tough stem and core from cauliflower and discard. Using
a paring knife, cut cauliflower into smaller spears. Place in a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup
oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; toss to combine.
2. Spread cauliflower out on 2 large, rimmed baking sheets. Roast until golden brown,
about 45-55 minutes, stirring a few times throughout cooking.
3. Meanwhile, heat butter in a large heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add
panko and pecans, stir to coat in butter. Cook, stirring constantly, until bread crumbs
are just getting golden brown. Add lemon zest and garlic; toss until mixture is very
fragrant, about 2 minutes. Place in a medium bowl; add parsley and cheese, stirring
to combine. Set aside. Remove cauliflower from oven and place on serving platter.
Top with bread crumbs mixture and serve immediately.

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