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Vermont Cheeses: Stellar so far

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teezeetoo Dec 2, 2013 01:35 PM

Having started a love affair with Jasper Hill Creamery's Harbison and Twig Farm's raw goat's milk cheeses, I'm now hooked on working my way through all their product I can locate. I'm interested in other Vermont providers and know the state sponsors a cheese festival in July and about 40 producers participate. I believe Vermont may be producing the greatest number of artisanal cheeses. Would love to know what other local producers you have tried and liked.

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  1. fldhkybnva RE: teezeetoo Dec 2, 2013 02:21 PM

    Vermont Shepherd sheep's milk cheeses - Verano and Invierno. I prefer the Verano.

    1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: teezeetoo Dec 2, 2013 03:47 PM

      In Woodstock VT at Billings Farm we went to a Vermont cheese expo and got to sample a ton of different local cheeses. My favorites were from Spring Brook Farm.

      http://www.vtcheese.com/members/sprin...

      They're both wonderful, but I prefer the raclette style cheese. (Reading)

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        fldhkybnva RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Dec 2, 2013 03:56 PM

        Great cheese, the Reading Raclette is delicious

      2. DonShirer RE: teezeetoo Dec 2, 2013 07:26 PM

        ***Rupert, a raw cow cheese from Bardwell Farm. Fruity, nice aftertaste.
        ***Vermont Shepherd Sheep Milk Cheese, from Putney, Vt. Sweet and earthy.
        **+Coupole from Vermont Creamery. Aged, mold ripened goat. A medal winner in a small 6.5 oz package.
        ***Lille Coulommiers, from Vermont Farmstead, thicker than brie, bloomy rind, more complex as it ages.
        **Bayley Hazen Blue, from Jasper Hill. Crumbly, turns quickly so buy in small quantities.

        And of course Cabot's cheddars are among the better ones on grocery store shelves. The longer aged one in black wax is my favorite.(**)

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          i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: DonShirer Dec 3, 2013 02:47 AM

          Yes! Vermont Creamery's coupole is delicious, as is the Cremont.

        2. Veggo RE: teezeetoo Dec 2, 2013 07:42 PM

          The Gore-Dawn-Zola at the Boucher farm in Highgate Center is exceptional. At least one cheese shop in Burlington sells it. The farm offers interesting tours with friendly owners and a nice sample selection.

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            teezeetoo RE: Veggo Dec 3, 2013 04:48 AM

            wow, I'm looking forward to trying as many of these as I can find. I love the Bayley Hazen and the clothebound cabot is one of my favorite cheddars, but the other recommendations are all new to me so I know I'm in for an adventure. Thanks and keep them coming.

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