Fundamentals of Artisan Cheese


The School of the American Farmstead offers “Fundamentals of Artisan Cheese,” a two-week intensive course taught by world-renowned master cheesemaker, Ivan Larcher at Sterling College in Craftsbury, VT, in conjunction with Jasper Hill Farm, an American Cheese Society-Certified Educator.

Fundamentals of Artisan Cheese provides the practical and scientific knowledge needed to create exquisite artisan cheese. It offers a whole-system perspective on artisan cheesemaking, beginning on the farm with careful attention to animal husbandry and welfare, forage and feed, dairy production, and milk quality. The course then dives deep into the science and art of cheesemaking by exploring raw and pasteurized milk theory, cheese microbiology, coagulants, curdling mechanisms, and starters. In classroom lecture sessions, as well as hands-on and observational cheese making, artisan production of lactic, hard, soft, Saint Nectaire, and traditional brie cheeses is studied. Additional topics covered include: affinage (cultures, climate control, rind treatment, and handling throughout the aging process), recipe development, sensory and tasting skill development, identification of defects and troubleshooting. Attention to critical food safety concerns, an on-site food sanitation workshop, an overview of plant design, exploration of sales and distribution strategy, and lessons is content-based marketing round out the curriculum.

This course is suitable for confident beginners and capable practitioners alike. Students should have some cheesemaking experience, even if only at the home scale.

Fundamentals of Artisan Cheese2017-03-01T11:39:46-05:00

White Diamond


A new addition to our line-up.  Goat’s milk Camembert style cheese .  A soft, creamy, surface ripened goat’s milk cheese.   The flavor intensifies as it ages.  This traditional Camembert recipe has the soft, gooey center and is absolutely delicious when drizzled with local raw honey and baked.

For information on where to purchase, click here.

White Diamond2017-03-22T13:02:24-04:00



Fondly named after our Mom who works behind the scenes but doesn’t want any recognition! Cow and goat’s milk blend, aged 3-5 month whose flavor intensifies as it ages.  Swiss style finished with Spiced Apple Cider wash.  The spiced cider flavor permeates the cheese perfectly.  Melts well.  Pairs well with sparkling wines, Merlot, pears and grapes.

American Cheese Society: 2015 -Bronze
Eastern States Big E competition: 2014-Silver

For more information on where to purchase, click here.


Smoking Goud


Cob smoked Gouda-style made with goat milk and aged 2-5 months. A creamy mild cheese with a distinct cob smoked flavor.  Pairs well with fruity Zinfandel, strawberries, wheat crackers.
American cheese society: 2015 – Bronze

For more information on where to purchase, click here.

Smoking Goud2017-03-22T14:39:29-04:00

Très Bonne


French for very good!  Made with goat milk and aged 2-5 months.  Our version of Gouda. Fresh, mild and nutty flavor.  A favorite with kids!  Pairs well with sparkling cider wines, pale ales, fresh fruits.

World Championship Cheese Contest: 2016- Bronze
American Cheese Society Awards: 2012-Bronze, 2013-Silver, 2014-Gold
Eastern States Big E competition: 2013-Gold
ADGA competition: 2014-bronze

For more information on where to purchase, click here.

Très Bonne2017-03-22T14:43:36-04:00