Vermont Cheese Council e-Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 5 December, 2011

In this issue:

Holiday Cheese

News

Cheese Awards

Events

Cheesemaking Classes


Join the Vermont Cheese Council

...more info


Read our latest newsletter, featuring "Vermont Cheese: A Culture of Learning and Sharing" on our website.


Vermont Cheese Trail Map
The new Vermont Cheese Trail Map has been revised and reprinted! Visit our web site for the latest version, or if you would like printed copies, send your request to info@vtcheese.com


Thank you retailers and other associate members for your support of the Vermont Cheese Council!

Billings Farm & Museum

Bob-White Systems

Black River Produce

Brattleboro Food Coop

Castleton Crackers


Castleton Village Store

Cheese Traders &
Wine Sellers


City Feed & Supply

The Concord Cheese Shop

Dakin Farm

Dairy Connection

Equinox Resort and Spa

Diamond Information Solutions

Fairfield Cheese

Hanover Coop

Harvest Market

Healthy Living

Hunger Mountain Coop

Jim Wallace Consulting


Joppa Fine Foods

Lebanon Coop

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op

Milky Way Farms

Mountain Cheese and Wine

Mountain Greens Market and Deli

Norma's Restuarant at Topnotch Resort

Newport Specialty Foods

Peter Dixon Dairy Consulting

Provisions International

Ren Hen Cafe and Bakery

Rock Art Brewery


South Royalton Market

Stratton Mountain Provisions

Sugarbush Farm

Sweet Clover

The Cellars Group

The Cheese House

The Cheese Shop/ Wasiks

The Daily Planet

Wine and Cheese Depot

Upper Valley Food Coop

Vermont Cheesemongers

The Vermont Country Store

Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese

Woodstock Farmer's Market




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Cheese makes a wonderful gift. Many of our members sell their cheese  through their web site. Visit our cheesemakers online.

Blue Ledge Farm

Blythedale Farm

Bonnieview Farm

Boston Post Dairy

Cabot Creamery

Champlain Valley Creamery

Cobb Hill Cheese

Consider Bardwell Farm

Crawford Family Farm

Crowley Cheese

Does' Leap

Fat Toad Farm

Franklin Foods

Grafton Village Cheese

Hildene Farm Signature Cheese

Green Mountain Blue Cheese

Jasper Hill Farm

Jericho Hill Farm

Lakes End Cheeses

Lazy Lady Farm

Maplebrook Farm

Mt. Mansfield Creamery

Neighborly Farms

Orb Weaver Farm

Peaked Mountain Farm

Ploughgate Creamery

Plymouth Artisan Cheese

Sage Farm

Scholten Family Farm

Shelburne Farms

Spring Brook Farm

Southwind Farm

Taylor Farm

Thistle Hill Farm

Turkey Hill Farm

Twig Farm

Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery

Vermont Farmstead Cheese

Vermont Shepherd

von Trapp Farmstead

Willow Hill Farm

Willow Moon Farm

West River Creamery

Woodcock Farm


Cheese for the Holidays

Vermont Cheese
for the Holidays!

You still have time to get the the best of the best for you and yours this holiday season. Vermont cheeses make great gifts and are always a perfect part of your party presentation! Wherever you may be celebrating, order now and put Vermont cheese on your tables and trays.

Click here to find a Vermont Cheese Council Retailer near you!

Take advantage of on-line and/or mail order sales from these Vermont Cheese Council Members:

Blue Ledge Farm
Boston Post Dairy
Bonnieview Farm
Cabot Creamery Coop
Champlain Valley Creamery
Cobb Hill Cheese
Crowley Cheese
Fat Toad Farm
Grafton Village Cheese
The Cellars at Jasper Hill
Neighborly Farms
Plymouth Artisan Cheese
Shelburne Farms
Spring Brook Farm
Taylor Farm
Thistle Hill Farm
Twig Farm
Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery
Vermont Shepherd 

Or check out these sites that often offer Vermont cheese:
Cowgirl Creamery 
Murray's Cheese
Saxelby Cheesemonger
Zingerman's

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Best of the Fest

Thanks to the experts at Cheese Traders & Wine Sellers, you can keep enjoying the Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival with the Best of the Fest, a carefully chosen selection of Vermont cheeses delivered to your doorstep.

This 4 or 6 cheese sampler can be ordered for one-time delivery or as a cheese-of-the-month type subscription. Complete information can be found here.

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mt. mansfield

 

Holiday Cheese from Mt. Mansfield Creamery

 

 

 

Halfpipe, Forerunner, and the Chin Clip are available for the holidays through Cold Hollow Cider Mill's mail order catalog. Also available through the holidays at Montpelier Farmers Market:

  • Gondolier incorporates Garlic, onion, chives, celery and parsley
  • Tres Amigos incorporates Garlic, onion, and Sundried Tomatoes
  • Hayride cheeses

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boston post dairy

The four sisters at the Boston Post Dairy have created some new cheeses:

 

 

  •  Holiday Chévre with Cranberries, Valencia oranges and Pure Vermont Maple Syrup ( get it now ~ only around through the holidays)
  •  Mystic Farmgirl, a semi-hard, Alpine style goat cheese

 Place your order here or even on facebook!


News

Indulge in our footage from the beautiful, sunny, and warm 2011 Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival.

And mark July 22nd, 2012 to join us for the 4th Annual Festival.

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The Woodstock Farmers' Market suffered a set back when their store was severely damaged from Tropical Storm Irene in August.

But they are now OPEN! Their temporary limited service hours are 9am til 6pm Tuesday-Sunday. Check their website for more information.

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Cave Paintings Discovered at Consider Bardwell Farm!

CBF has unearthed a complex series of goat pictographs inside it's main barn! Actually, this is a recently completed mural project by our former intern, artist Julia Bollinger. Inspired by ancient cave paintings, Julia painted this mural on the outside wall of CBF's recently completed Rupert cave, which is housed inside our main barn. Read and see more here.

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Maplebrook Fine Cheese is pleased to announce the introduction of burratini, a unique two ounce size of their renowned burrata.

 

“The burrata [an ultra-creamy mozzarella] from Maplebrook Fine Cheese in Vermont is fresher-tasting than Italian versions.” Food & Wine, December 2011

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Cobb Hill is now selling cheese online! And look for Cobb Hill Frozen Yogurt in Maple, Vanilla, Coffee and Chocolate.


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farm viability staff

The Farm Viability Program has helped more than 350 farmers to increase profits, improve farm management, develop new, value-added products, and plan for farm transfers.  Farmers are matched with consultants to provide individualized business assistance.  The Program is also currently enrolling farmers to work on storm recovery plans and scaling up meat production.  Upcoming application deadline ~ March 31, 2012.  For more information contact Liz Gleason.


Awards

2011

World Champion Cheese Festival, Vermont Winners


 


Cabot Creamery Cooperative & Cellars at Jasper Hill
 Cabot Clothbound Cheddar ~ Bronze

Cellars at Jasper Hill
Harbison
~ Gold
Moses Sleeper
~ Silver

Grafton Village Cheese Co
Cave Aged Clothbound Cheddar ~ Gold  Truffled Bismark ~ Bronze
Barndance ~ Bronze
Shepsog ~ Bronze

Scholten Family Farm & Cellars at Jasper HillWeybridge ~ Bronze

Spring Brook Farm/Farms for City Kids
Tarentaise ~ Super Gold
Reading ~ Silver

Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery  
Bonne Bouche ~ Gold
Mascarpone ~ Gold
Coupole ~ Silver
Vermont Creamy Goat Cheese with Roasted Red Peppers ~ Bronze

Willow Hill
Butternut ~ Gold


Events

Coolidge Open House

December 11th
10 AM – 4 PM

 

Enjoy the traditions of the season in one of Vermont’s most picturesque villages.  The Plymouth Cheese factory at the Coolidge Birthplace will be decorated as it would have been in 1872, the year the future president was born.  Enjoy winter exhibits at the Aldrich House, Plymouth Cheese Factory, and 1924 Summer White House office.  Watch Cheese-Making, tour the factory, view our cheese making museum, and sample our cheeses. VT Artisan products sold on site. Old-time music, craft demonstrations, sleigh rides, lunch at the Wilder House Restaurant and children’s holiday activities.  

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Come to the West Pawlet Fish and Game Club for a special series of winter markets!

 

Friday evenings 4 to 8PM, the market features local goods from Consider Bardwell Farm, Southwind Farm, Sissy's Kitchen, Pine Woods Farm, Pink Boot Farm and other area food producers. Bring a dish for pot luck or purchase a pulled pork sandwich and sit with friends and neighbors for a market happy hour. More info here

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Read the November/December 2011 issue of USDA's Rural Cooperatives magazine.  For more information or to request a hard copy go to www.rurdev.usda.gov

 


Cheesemaking Classes

Artisan Cheesemaking Workshops in Westminster, Vermont. 

 

The 2012 Westminster Artisan Cheesemaking Workshop Series schedule is now available. Sign up now for one Peter Dixon's two and three-day workshops in making and aging cheese.
Click here for more information & a complete list of workshops.

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Cheesemaking with Jim Wallace the 'Tech Guy' at cheesemaking.com


Click here for complete details on Jim's upcoming workshop schedule.

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The Vermont Institute For Artisan Cheese Classes

 

Click here for more information and a complete list of VIAC classes starting in January, 2012.

 


Become a Friend or Associate Member of the
Vermont Cheese Council

As a Friend of the Vermont Cheese Council, we welcome your donations to assist us with our endeavors to improve the production and advancement of Vermont cheese. Your generous support helps us to continue to grow and expand our technical support for members, while providing you with delicious Vermont cheese. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a friend of the Council or sign up now!

As an Associate Member of the Vermont Cheese Council, we welcome all industry related businesses and individuals who see the value in having a strong cheese industry in Vermont. Learn more about the benefits of an Associate Membership on our web site.

For more information, you may contact our main office at: (866) 261-8595 or visit www.vtcheese.com

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