Cheese, Please!

by Sydney Bender

Cheese, Please!

Elizabeth Cecil

Break out your cheese board, slicers and knives: It’s time to taste some of the best New England has to offer. From the ooey-gooey melt-in-your mouth soft fromages, to the bold, sharp and even the crumbly, every cheese tells a story. So for those with a taste for the artisanal: start sampling!

Old Chatham Sheepherding Co. Sheep’s Milk Camembert

(Soft, mild) Find this Camembert among many other artisinal cheeses at Fiddlehead Farm, West Tisbury, (508) 696-6700 $8.50/4 oz.

Vermont Classic Chevre

(Soft, mild) Also try the creamery’s butter! Sold in logs, with or without herbs. Available at local grocery stores. Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, $3.89/4 oz.

Organic Champlain Triple Cream

(Soft, mild) A real party pleaser, this triple cream is a must for your cheese plate. Buy it at local grocery stores or by calling the creamery. Champlain Valley Creamery, Vergennes, VT, (802) 877-2950, $7.49/4 oz.

Maplebrook Farm Mozzarella

(Soft, flavorful) Hand-stretched and made from premium raw cow curd, this cheese is a perfect pair to anything savory. It also freezes well, just thaw in the fridge overnight. Sold at Cronig’s. Maplebrook Farm, Bennington, VT, (802)
440-9950, $10.89/lb.

Sugarbush Farm Mountain Jack

(Semi-hard, mild) We suggest making this your go-to cheese for all sandwiches. Try layering thin slices of this Jack on warm buttered toast for a grilled cheese; it is the perfect melting cheese. Sold at local grocery stores and online
at Sugarbush Farm, Woodstock, VT, $9.99 for a 4 oz. block.

Blythedale Farm Vermont Brie

(Soft, acidic, flavorful) A New England take on a classic French cheese, this Brie has a very tender and supple rind; the perfect cheese for a dinner party. Try it with warm, crusty bread. Sold at Cronig’s. $8.99/7 oz.

Blythedale Farm Vermont Camembert

(Soft with mild flavor) Made from a Vermont farm that hand-ladles all their cheeses, this bloomy rind Camembert is gooey, creamy and made from whole pasteurized Jersey cow’s milk. Sold at Cronig’s. Blythedale Farm, Corinth, VT, (802) 439-6575, $8.99/7 oz.

Farmstead Feta

(Soft with strong flavor) Three cheers for Island cheese! Sold at Mermaid Farm, the Scottish Bakehouse and local grocery stores. Mermaid Farm & Dariy, 9 Middle Road, Chillmark, (508) 645-3492, $8.99/lb.

Great Hill Blue Cheese

(Aromatic) Fifteen years ago, cheese maker Tim Stone started making this cheese at Great Hill Farm on property owned by his great grandfather. Sold as wedges at local grocery stores or available to order online in wheels at Great Hill Dairy, Inc., Marion, MA, (508) 748-2282, around $18/lb.