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Sep 10, 2007 08:33 AM

Best Local Cheeses from a REAL Farmer?

Where and what kind?

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  1. I can only speak of my neck of the woods, but here in Franklin County, MA we have at least two award winning farms, both selling various goat cheeses:

    Goat Rising, in Charlemont
    Hillman Farm, in Colrain Hillman does not seem to have a website that I can find, but if you Google it, you will find lots of references.

    1. There are a lot of terrific New England farmstead cheeses. Here are 2 of my favorites:

      Taylor Farm in Londonderry VT

      Smith's Country Cheese in Winchendon MA

      See an entire list of New England made cheeses (some farmstead, some not) at

      1. Cato Corner Farm in Colchester, CT. They make a couple cheeses that I enjoy, I believe one is called Hooligan.

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        1. re: NE_Elaine

          I second Cato's Corner, very good stuff.

          1. re: NE_Elaine

            Ooh...Hooligan. I just tried it for the first time, and I have fallen deeply and dangerously in love. It's downright nasty, and I mean that in the nicest way.

          2. Great Hill Blue from Marion, MA. It's delicious, and I think they make it on the farm, with milk from their Guernseys.

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            1. Best kept secret in the NE cheese world - Valley Shepherd Creamery in Long Valley New Jersey. Have not had a bad cheese from them ever. The cheese not to miss - Nettlesome.