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Sweetbread Mar 11, 2011 12:19 PM

I frequent Formaggio's in the Boston area, but would love to discover some great cheese shops in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont...any suggestions? Thanks.

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    PutneySwope Mar 13, 2011 07:05 PM

    Don't forget Dutch Epicure on 101A in Amherst - they have a separate cheese county of local New England cheeses - most of which I have never seen at Butter's or Angela's.

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      bpjacks Mar 13, 2011 09:03 AM

      Cheese counters at the co-op in Leb and hanover is great. Also, Butters in Concord.

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        whs Mar 13, 2011 07:00 PM

        Butters in Concord NH, Angela's in Manchester NH, and there was a wonderful little cheese shop in Portsmouth NH down an alley--not sure if it's still there. Angela's is the most comprehensive.

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      2. 3catsnh Mar 13, 2011 05:34 AM

        C'est Cheese in on Route One in North Hampton, NH. Great selection. She is currently renovating her new location a little further south--just after the strip mall with the NH State Liquor Store and Philbrick's. This from Taste Mag's Best of 2011:
        C’est Cheese has a diverse selection from every major cheese-producing region. Always ask for a sample of something new, and for culinary guidance if you need it—owner Nancy Guilmette was once a personal chef. She also carries a small, quality selection of domestic wines and gourmet imported specialty foods, such as sausages, olives, and pastas. And she loves making gift baskets and platters. 122 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, N.H., 603-964-2272, www.c-estcheese.com.

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          qianning Mar 12, 2011 05:01 PM

          The Co-Ops in Hanover,NH; and Montpelier, Vt both have excellent cheese sections, with lots of local cheeses, and knowledgable staff. Brattleboro Co-op is pretty good too, but not as extensive a selection.

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            Morganna Mar 13, 2011 12:56 PM

            Also LACE in Barre has local cheese. Not as broad a selection as the Montpelier Co-op, but good for local cheeses.

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              ctroutman Mar 16, 2011 01:06 PM

              where would find more information as to the location of the co-op in Hanover? I'm in southern NH, but if the artisan cheese is worth the drive, I'm all about it

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                qianning Mar 16, 2011 01:33 PM

                http://www.coopfoodstore.coop/locations

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                  madisoneats Mar 17, 2011 03:06 AM

                  The coop is great but if you do go keep in mind that the four locations are very different. Best cheese selection would be at Centerra in Lebanon opposite dhmc or in downtown Hanover.

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                HDinCentralME Mar 11, 2011 12:55 PM

                The Cheese Iron, Scarborough, Maine

                www.thecheeseiron.com

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                  Sweetbread Mar 11, 2011 01:24 PM

                  Thank you! I'll check it out.

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                    BostonZest Mar 11, 2011 01:42 PM

                    I'll second this one. I wrote about them last year. One our our food and wine mentors, Howie Rubin from Bauer Wine told us about it.

                    This shop is run by a Formaggio alum and in addition to great cheese, they make fabulous sandwiches. The last time we were there Vincent was beginning to age salumi as well.

                    You'll get warm, friendly service and great food. And, it is an easy on and off the highway or quick run out from Portland.

                    Penny
                    http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                      IWantFood Mar 11, 2011 05:24 PM

                      Be careful at The Cheese Iron. The first time I was there, the cheese was very tasty and fresh. The next time, the cheese I bought was spoiled and had to be thrown out. Pretty shop and very nice employees, though, who do their best to make helpful suggestions.

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                        MHKL Mar 13, 2011 06:47 AM

                        Love the Cheese Iron and have never had anything remotely close to being spoiled. They let you taste everything before you buy it as well.

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