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Sep 21, 2009 12:32 AM

Best free/cheap cheese tastings in Vermont??!!!

My girlfriend is a hardcore New York urbanite and she's going with me on a foliage filled weekend trip up to Vermont. She also happens to be a CHEESE ADDICT. It would be great if we could find a cheese farm that demonstrates the process of cheese creation and also offers a variety of cheese tastings. Does anyone know of a reasonably priced or even better, FREE cheese farm where we could sample a bunch of cheese?

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  1. We loved sugar bush or Sugar hill farm near Woodstock It was excellent . Tons of samles, maple syruping trail, farm animals etc.

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    1. This isn't a farm, but the Cabot Creamery factory tour is GREAT. It's not free, but it's very cheap. I think it's two bucks a person. You get to see the cheese making process and a short video about the Coop. It's really a nice tour. They have loads of samples in their shop(s), so if you don't want to pay anything, you can always just stop in to the outlets for free samples.

      Also, Cold Hollow Cider Mill often has cheese samples out, and there's a wine shop near it where they do wine sampling (though I think they charge for that). Cold Hollow is a bit touristy, but it's the BEST cider EVAH. ;) Well I like it a lot anyway.

      Another farm place to go for apple stuff is Allenhome Farms up in South Hero. It's a bit of a hike, but a great place with a nice little farm shop and pick your own apples stuff. :)

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      1. re: Morganna

        I second the suggestion to go to Cabot - it is a lot of fun, you'll learn all about making chesse, and you can stuff yourself on free chese samples!

        1. re: Delhiwala

          Another vote for Cabot. Nobody carries their horseradish cheddar here in Florida that I know of, so when I'm at their tasting room I pig out.

          1. re: Veggo

            i vote for cabot too. you don't have to go on the tour if it's not your thing. You can just come in and sample cheeses, maplesyrups, mustards etc. There's no pressure to buy. Only issue is that you are mostly sampling different types of cheddar (which I guess is only an issue if you're looking for variety and not just CHEESE LOVE!).

            Another good option is the Mountain Cheese and Wine Shop in Stowe, VT (off of rt 108). Tried a delicious welsh cheese called Red Dragon there. It's a mustard & ale flavored cheddar. MMMMM!!!

            1. re: andreaQ

              Well, it -is- just cheddar that they make. ;) But yeah, it can be a lot of cheddar at one go.

      2. Also not a farm, but with a more than decent selection of free cheese samples, is the Vermont Country Store in Rockingham and Weston. And when you get tired of cheese, you can also sample their jams, jellies, mustards & salsas. And then maybe find something worth actually buying.

        1. It is not a farm, but on Rte 30 in Brattleboro there is a Grafton Cheese outlet/cheese factory. Lots of free cheses to taste, plus I think during the week you can see them making it. It is free.

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          1. re: littlej

            The 5 year Grafton cheddar is really good. It won't be free, but if you and it are in the same room, buy it.

            1. re: Veggo

              Having just tried their 2-year cheddar last night, I'm sure you're onto something. Yum!

              1. re: Veggo

                Have you tried their cheddar married with the bleu cheese? OMG - outstanding!

                1. re: RichK

                  I picked some up today on the way home--OMG is right. WOW! It's called Grafton Duet Cheese and I have already had a nice snack of it as soon as I got in the door.


                  Folks in Central CT, you can find this taste sensation at The Wild Raspberry in Cromwell. Mmmmmmmmmmm!

                  Thank you, RichK!

              2. re: littlej

                There other location in Grafton village is a nice stop. Def. not a big place but worth going to as the village is just a beautiful place to walk around and take in the fall foliage! Definately try the 6 year aged (it is fabulous)

              3. Here's a few links that may help. I've never been but we have looked at the same fall trip a few times and hope to do it in the future. Please post your trip chow finds when you get back. :)



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