Vermont Cheese Council e-Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 4 September, 2011

In this issue:

Cheese Events


Cheese Awards

Cheese News

Cheesemaking Classes

Recipe of the Month

Join the Vermont Cheese Council

...more info

Read our latest newsletter, featuring "Vermont Cheese: A Culture of Learning and Sharing" on our website.

Vermont Cheese Trail Map
The new Vermont Cheese Trail Map has been revised and reprinted! Visit our web site for the latest version, or if you would like printed copies, send your 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

Hunger Mountain Coop

Jim Wallace Consulting

Joppa Fine Foods

Lebanon Coop

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op

Milky Way Farms

Mountain Cheese and Wine

Mountain Greens Market and Deli

Norma's Restuarant at Topnotch Resort

Newport Specialty Foods

Peter Dixon Dairy Consulting

Provisions International

Ren Hen Cafe and Bakery

Rock Art Brewery

South Royalton Market

Stratton Mountain Provisions

Sugarbush Farm

Sweet Clover

The Cellars Group

The Cheese House

The Cheese Shop/ Wasiks

The Daily Planet

Wine and Cheese Depot

Upper Valley Food Coop

Vermont Cheesemongers

The Vermont Country Store

Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese

Woodstock Farmer's Market


Become a fan of the Vermont Cheese Council on Facebook!

Visit our Facebook page.

Post a comment or a photo about your favorite Vermont cheese.

Follow the Vermont Cheese Council on twitter

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


The 3rd Annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival was a fabulous success! 

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.

The educational programs were a hit!

And everyone enjoyed the opportunity to rub elbows with the cheesemakers who make it all possible. 

Save the Date!


The 4th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival is set for Sunday, July 22nd 2012!

(Tickets go on sale in early 2012)



After the Floods... Hurricane Irene
Hit Vermont Hard, But You Can Help:

The Vermont Community Foundation and Agency of Agriculture have built the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund to help farmers through the current crisis.

You can donate online to the Vermont Farm Fund, established by Pete's Greens and the Center for an Agricultural Economy.

Come out and see us:

If you're planning a trip to Vermont, most roads are fine, but you can check the VT Agency of Transportation website for a map of roads affected by the storm.   
For an update on Vermont businesses affected, check the VisitVT Facebook page.

And of course, visit the Vermont Cheese Trail!


2011 has been a great year for Vermont cheese & cheesemakers. Visit the VCC Awards Page for complete competition information and results.

2011 American Cheese Society Awards

With a record-setting 258 producers from the US, Canada and Mexico, an international panel of 34 judges took on the monumental task of evaluating 1,676 cheeses and dairy products on both technical and aesthetic criteria to determine this year’s winners.

Twelve VCC members took home 26 ribbons!

Bonnieview Farm
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Consider Bardwell Farm
Farms For City Kids Foundation
Franklin Foods
Grafton Village Cheese
Mt. Mansfield Creamery
Maplebrook Farm
Neighborly Farms of Vermont
Thistle Hill Farm
Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery
Willow Moon Farm

Eastern States Exposition 2011 Cheese Competition


Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery
Best of Show ~ Bonne Bouche
Twelve VCC Cheesemakers took home 30 awards!
Blythedale Farm
Boston Post Dairy LLC
Cabot Creamery
Cellars at Jasper Hill
Consider Bardwell Farm
Grafton Village Cheese Company
Maplebrook Farm
Mt. Mansfield Creamery
Shelburne Farms
Vermont Butter & Cheese Company
Vermont Farmstead Cheese
West River Creamery


2011 World Dairy Expo


Vermont Farmstead Cheese
2nd Prize - Alehouse Cheddar
2nd Prize -  Brickhaus Tilsit

Franklin Foods
1st Place -  Green Mtn. Farms- Blue & Chive
2nd Place - Green Mtn. Farms- Salsa Cream Cheese
3rd Place - Green Mtn. Farms- Garlic & Herb
Cabot Creamery Coop
2nd Prize - Cabot Greek Style Yogurt- Vanilla Bean  
2nd Prize -  Cabot No Fat Cottage Cheese

Cheese News

The Vermont Cheese Trail Map

Revised, Updated, Improved!

Click here to download a pdf. Or you can use our new Google Map to plan a day, weekend, or your next 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.


Best of the Fest

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.

This 4 or 6 cheese sampler can be ordered for one-time delivery or as a cheese-of-the-month type subscription. Complete information can be found here.


Read the July/August 2011 issue of USDA's Rural Cooperatives magazine.  For more information or to request a hard copy go to


Cheesemaking Classes

Artisan Cheesemaking Workshops in Westminster, Vermont. 

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

September 10-11
Hands-On Cheesemaking for Beginners

September 19- 21
Advanced Cheesemaking

October 3-4
Hands-On Mediterranean Cheesemaking

October 22-24
Introduction to Cheesemaking

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


Cheesemaking with Jim Wallace the 'Tech Guy' at

October 1-2
Italian Cheese ... Bella Italia!

October 22-23
Your Next Big Step in Cheesemaking

Click here for complete details.


The Vermont Institute For Artisan Cheese Classes


September 12-15
Essential Principles & Practices of Cheesemaking

September 16
Quality & Chemistry of Milk

September 19-20
Cheese Chemistry Short Course

September 21
Hygiene & Food Safety in Cheesemaking

September 22
Basic Sensory Evaluation

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

Recipe of the Month

By Courtney Contos,
Culinary Consultant @

Chicken Milanese
with Tomato Salad

4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
Salt and pepper to taste
3 eggs, beaten
1 ½ teaspoons minced rosemary
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 cup grated Vermont Alpine Cheese, plus extra for garnish
½  cup extra-virgin olive oil plus 3 tablespoons for cooking the chicken 

Garnish with lemon wedges and extra cheese

For the salad:
2 handfuls arugula or salad greens
3/4 pound cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise
Fresh lemon juice, to drizzle
Extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle
Salt and pepper to taste

Pound the chicken breast in between plastic wrap until thin and uniform. Season with salt and pepper. Toss the breadcrumbs with rosemary, alpine cheese and olive oil. Dip the chicken into the egg and then the breadcrumbs. For the salad toss all ingredients together and assemble just before cooking the chicken. 

Heat a heavy pan over medium heat. Add the oil and sauté the chicken on both sides until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and crisp. Transfer to a platter and garnish with lemon wedges, extra cheese and top with tomato salad.

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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