Vermont Cheese Council e-Newsletter Volume 5, Issue 1 March, 2012

In this issue:

Cheese Events

Cheese Awards

New Cheese

Cheese News

Cheesemaking Classes

Recipe of the Month

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

City Feed & Supply

The Concord Cheese Shop

Dakin Farm

Dairy Connection

Equinox Resort and Spa

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 Co-op

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

The Daily Planet

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

Ploughgate Creamery

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

At Last! Tickets are on Sale Now!

Join us on Sunday, July 22nd at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms. Enjoy over 100 Vermont Cheesese along with artisan breads, crackers, pickles, and jams as well as beer, wine and spirits produced in Vermont!

The website is live, with all the details on this year's seminars and demonstrations, and photos and video from previous years.

Win 2 Tickets to the Festival

New for 2012, become a fan of the Festival on Facebook and share your best photo from a past VT Cheesemakers' Festival in our SAY CHEESE contest.


May 26 & 27: Cheese & Dairy Celebration

Come out to Billings Farm & Museum Celebrate Vermont's distinctive dairy heritage during a weekend of sampling delicious Vermont cheeses and meeting local cheese makers; dairy education programs, making cheese, ice cream and butter.

Cheese Awards

World Championship Cheese Contest

Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery  
Fresh Crottin ~ Best of Class
Feta ~ Second

Franklin Foods
Green Mountain Farms Garlic & Herb Spreadable Cheese ~ Second
Green Mountain Farms Salsa Cream Cheese ~ Third

Cellars at Jasper Hill
Harbison ~ Best of Class

Cellars at Jasper Hill & Landaff Creamery
Landaff ~ Third

Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Aged Cheddar, Vermont 2+ Year ~ Best of Class
Aged Cheddar, Vermont 2+ Year ~ Third
Vermont Style Cottage Cheese ~
50% Reduced Fat Cheddar ~



New Cheese

 Mt. Mansfield Creamery

Mt. Mansfield Creamery’s Sugar Slalom is a bloomy rind cows milk cheese with a hint of maple at the finish.

Stan also has a Romano cheese, aged for 6 months in his cave in Morrisville.

Cheese News

The Vermont Cheese Council Welcomes New Officers

Four new Executive Committee Officers were elected to the Vermont Cheese Council during the Board's annual meeting in Pomfret, VT, January 28, 2012.
We welcome our new officers:

Jeremy Stephenson - President
Spring Brook Farm/Farms for City Kids

Vince Razionale - Vice President
Cellars at Jasper Hill

Jeannine Kilbride - Treasurer
Cobb Hill Cheese

Nat Bacon - Secretary
Shelburne Farms

And we recognize the commitment and dedication demonstrated by our continuing Executive Committee members:

Christopher Coutant
Provisions International, Ltd.

Lisa Battilana
Woodstock Farmers Market

Mark Fischer - Past President
Woodcock Farm

Cheese Trail Map

Planning your summer cheese tour? Download a PDF version today, and you can use our Google Map right now! 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.


Cabot Creamery Launches Mobile App to Reward Volunteers

To honor those who demonstrate love by volunteering their time, Cabot Creamery Cooperative has launched Reward Volunteers®, the nation’s first mobile app that allows volunteers to log hours, post to Facebook and win rewards for themselves and the organizations they serve.


Fat Toad Farm

The very pretty Petunia is just one of the very pregnant goats featured in a recent blog post from the folks at Fat Toad Farm.

Check it out here!


Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and Its Place in Western Civilization

Paul Kindstedt’s new book is now available from Chelsea Green Publishing  


Read the January/February 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. 


April 21-23
Introduction to Cheesemaking I

April 27-29
Introduction to Cheesemaking II

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


Cheesemaking with Jim Wallace the 'Tech Guy' at

April 14-15
Your Next Big Step in Cheesemaking

Click here for complete details.


The Vermont Institute For Artisan Cheese Classes


April 23-26
Essential Principles & Practices of Cheesemaking

April 27
Quality & Chemistry of Milk

April 30 - May 1
Cheese Chemistry Short Course

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


By Courtney Contos,
Culinary Consultant @

Vermont Feta
and Wilted Greens Pita

Sautéed greens with onion (kale, collards, or dandelion)
Cider Vinegar
Red pepper flakes
Whole wheat pita bread, homemade is best
Local honey
Vermont Feta cheese
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Olive oil

Season sauteed greens with a splash of cider vinegar, salt, fresh ground pepper, and red pepper flakes. Set aside and keep warm. Cut pitas in half (if not freshly baked warm them a bit), spread a thin layer of honey inside the pita, layer with feta and warm greens. Drizzle with a touch of olive oil and enjoy!


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Vermont Cheese Council

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