Vermont Cheese Council e-Newsletter Volume 6, Issue 3 June, 2013

In this issue:

Cheese Events

Cheese News

New Cheese

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

Sustainable Farmer

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

Cheese Events

The 5th Annual VT Cheesemakers' Festival is just around the corner...

The Countdown is on!

Tickets are going fast! Don't miss our best festival yet! The delightful Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms will once again host this exciting event. Join us for an all-day open market featuring local food, wine, beer, and spirits as well as Cheese!

Meet the Cheesemaker Sessions:
Cheddar is a Verb with Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Grafton Village Cheese, Shelburne Farms, and Neighborly Farms
Cheese through the Seasons with Consider Bardwell Farm, Vermont Shepherd and Taylor Farm

Cooking Demonstrations
featuring Chef Sean Buchanan
and Chef David Hugo

Cheesemaking Demonstrations:
Hand-Made Burrata with
Dominic from Maplebrook Farms
Cheesemaking at Shelburne Farms

The Grafton Food Festival
June 22 & 23
A celebration of local food and farms in Vermont, this Two day event celebrates Vermont food and farms, offers cooking demonstrations, farm-to-table dinners at the Grafton Inn.

Cheese News

Coming Soon!

The VCC is working with filmmaker Ben Silberfarb to give you a look into the fields and farms, caves and cheesehouses of Vermont.

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.

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 May/June 2013 issue of USDA's Rural Cooperatives magazine.  To request a hard copy or for more information contact


New Cheese

Champlain Valley Creamery's Pyramid Scheme is a seasonal pyramid-shaped triple cream with a lovely dusting of ash between the paste and the rind. Try Pyramid Scheme and get recruited at the 5th Annual VT Cheesemakers' Festival! 

Welcome New Cheese Council Members:
Shadagee Farmstead & Crooked Mile Cheese

Marjorie Urie makes her Shadagee Farmstead Vermont Artisan Gouda with milk from her family's grazing herd in Craftsbury Common.

Click here for more about the farm and the cheese.

Roberta Gillott and her family produce a line of small-batch fresh and aged goat cheese on their farm in the Northeast Kingdom.

Click here for more about the farm and the cheese.

Cheesemaking Classes

Artisan Cheesemaking Workshops in Westminster, Vermont. 

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

Introduction to Cheesemaking I
August 26-28
Introduction to Cheesemaking II
August 30 - September 1

Click here for a complete list of workshops.

Cheesemaking with Jim Wallace the 'Tech Guy' at

Click here for a complete list of classes.


By Courtney Contos,
Culinary Consultant @

Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Vermont Feta Cheese

• 1 1/2 pounds sugar snap peas, trimmed, stringed, thickly sliced on diagonal
• Sea salt
• 3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
• 1 teaspoon honey
• 1 teaspoon za’atar (found in specialty store) or sesame seeds mixed with lemon zest & thyme
• 1 bunch radishes (about 6 ounces), trimmed, thinly sliced
• 4 ounces Vermont Feta cheese, crumbled
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint or basil
• optional: garnish with roasted almonds, pine nuts, or walnuts


Fill a large bowl with ice water; set aside. Cook peas in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain; transfer to bowl with ice water to cool. Drain peas; transfer to a kitchen towel-lined baking sheet to dry.

Whisk oil, lemon juice and vinegar in a small bowl. Toss peas, radishes, and Vermont Feta cheese in a large bowl. Season salad with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired. Garnish with mint and sprinkle with za’atar.

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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