GRAFTON VILLAGE CHEESE

GRAFTON VILLAGE CHEESE2019-06-17T17:03:28-05:00
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THE STORY

In 1892, a group of farmers in the green mountains of southern Vermont maximized their surplus of milk and started the Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company. They hauled their extra milk to the co-op to be made into cheese, which could be stored longer than milk in the days before refrigeration.
Today, Grafton Village Cheese still gets its fresh, raw milk from small family farms that dot the Vermont countryside. They make all of its small batch, award-winning aged cheddars and specialty cheeses by hand, true to the Grafton Village tradition.

Grafton’s roots are firmly planted in Vermont. As a business of the nonprofit Windham Foundation, its mission is to promote Vermont’s rural communities.

A “must-see” tourist destination, historic Grafton Village appears virtually untouched by the 20th century, featuring the Grafton Inn (one of the nation’s oldest operating inns), Grafton Forge blacksmith shop, a steepled white church, Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, art galleries and artisan shops and of course, Grafton Village Cheese. Grafton was named among the 10 most beautiful towns in the US, by USA Weekend.

Grafton Village Cheese operates a specialty cheese and wine retail store in Brattleboro. The mission-minded store includes 80+ artisan cheeses, local craft beer and cider, specialty foods, gifts and wine. A visit to the store includes an opportunity to watch Grafton cheddar being made via the viewing area.
Located at 400 Linden Street (Route 30), Brattleboro. Open daily, 10 am – 6 pm, and until 8 pm on Fridays.

In Grafton, purchase Grafton Village Cheese at MKT Wine & Cheese, located on Main Street. Cheesemaking viewing is offered at Grafton’s production facility on 533 Townshend Road on select days. The folks at MKT Wine & Cheese or at the Grafton Inn front desk will have the most updated cheesemaking schedule.

Grafton Village Cheese can be found in fine grocers and specialty food markets across the country.

LOCATION

OUR PRODUCTS

Bear Hill

This washed-rind alpine style cheese, made with 100% sheep milk, is gently fruity and nutty, with a smooth, milky mouthfeel and a hint of sweetness. Named for the bluff overlooking Grafton Village.

Recent Awards:
Third, American Cheese Society, 2014
Best in Show 2nd Place, American Cheese Society, 2013
First Place Ribbon, American Cheese Society, 2013
Gold, International Cheese Awards
Third Place Ribbon, American Cheese Society, 2012

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Red Vask

A cheese like no other, this is our washed-rind wheel made of 100% sheep’s milk. Beneath the red exterior is a supple, semi-soft white paste. Aged for a minimum of two months, Red Vask presents a mellow, smooth and meaty flavor.

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Shepsog

In a remarkable display of synergy, our expert cheesemakers combine high-quality sheep and cows’ milk to make a gorgeous wheel of cheese, which is then cave-aged for at least five months. Complex and earthy, its butter-yellow semi-firm paste is protected by a velvety rind of white and gray molds.

Recent Awards
Super Gold, World Cheese Awards, 2014
First, American Cheese Society, 2014
Gold (2), International Cheese Awards, 2014
National Sheep Assoc. Trophy, Best Ewe’s Cheese, 2014
Third, World Championship Cheese Contest, 2014
Bronze, International Cheese Awards, 2013
Super Gold (top 16), World Cheese Awards, 2012
Silver Medal, Big E Cheese Competition, 2012

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Vermont Leyden

Leidse Kaas (Leyden Cheese) is a cheese made on farms, historically in the Leiden area of the Netherlands. Grafton’s Vermont Leyden has a big, buttery flavor and texture, brightened with the warmth of cumin seeds. This cows’ milk cheese mellows with age while growing in complexity. Aged a minimum of two months.

Recent Awards:
Silver, Big E Gold Medal Cheese Competition, 2015
Silver, International Cheese Awards, 2014
Silver, International Cheese Awards, 2013
Silver Finalist, sofi Awards, National Association of Specialty Food Trade, 2012

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Maple Smoked Cheddar

Cold-smoked over smoldering maplewood chips for up to four hours, our 100-day cheddar is transformed into a smooth, smoky delicacy that’s both subtle and flavorful.

Recent Awards:
Silver, Big E Gold Medal Cheese Competition, 2015
Fifth, World Championship Cheese Contest, 2014
Silver Medal, Big E Cheese Competition, 2012

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3 Year Aged

Boldly complex with immediate impact, this full-flavored cheese is imbued with that distinctive cheddar “bite” that’s balanced by a sweet, creamy finish.

Recent Awards:
Silver, Big E Gold Medal Cheese Competition, 2015
Silver, International Cheese Awards, 2014
Silver, International Cheese Awards, 2013
Silver Finalist, sofi Awards, National Association of Specialty Food Trade, 2012

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