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Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company

American Made Since 2011
2014 Food Finalist

Rick Woods

So. Woodstock, Vermont
Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. began as a community effort to save a local dairy farm, and has grown to be an award-winning artisan cheese producer
Food, Agriculture & Sustainability
Finalist

Tell us about your business.

In 2009, a Vermont dairy farm was about to close the doors on its 18-acre hillside farm in South Woodstock. It seemed another sad ending had come to a beautiful landscape and dairy business in Vermont. Surrounding landowners and members of the South Woodstock community stopped one another on dirt roads, at the market, at the post office - to discuss how to save the farm. The result became the first community owned dairy in the country and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company was born. All employees of the Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company share the same passions: • to produce a variety of excellent cheeses, unique to Vermont • gently care for its own herd of cows and farm land, • serve as a model of sustainable dairy farming, and • support Vermont’s family farms and rural communities. In very short order, the dairy farm has been transformed into an award-winning cheese company that is creating an entirely new generation of unique farmstead and artisanal cheeses.

Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.

The Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company farm and creamery are located on 18 acres on the lush rolling hillsides of South Woodstock, Vermont. Our cows are housed in a spacious, open-stall barn with waterbeds and continuous fresh water and hay available. They also graze on open pasture daily during the growing season. Our creamery is a sparkling stainless steal wonder with several cheese vats of different sizes that are appropriate for the variety of cheeses that we make. Creamery, milking parlor and bulk tanks are attached for seamless transfer of fresh milk from cow to creamery.

What inspires you?

We are inspired by old world cheese recipes and traditional cheesemaking techniques. We are committed to creating Vermont versions of many classic cheeses with roots in other parts of the world. Our passion for our cheeses and what we do begins with how we care for our cows. We pamper our herd and the quality of the milk they provide is evident in everything we make.

What makes your business stand out?

Our beginning stems from a few people coming together to make a difference in their community. That spirit continues to inspire us each and every day. Our mixed breed herd is unique yet intentional since each breed of cow contributes different components to their milk. This unique blend results in a quality milk that our cheesemakers and consumers love. In 2013 we purchased local Vermont artisan cracker company, Whitney’s Castleton Crackers. Founder Whitney Lamy continues to spearhead new cracker recipes using Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company cheeses. It’s a perfect combination with both Vermont artisan cheese and cracker companies to be under one umbrella.

What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?

Create something you're proud to showcase every day and success will follow.

What does American Made mean to you?

American Made celebrates those qualities that we stand by: authenticity, integrity, passion and commitment to a quality product.
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