Nothing says fall like a crisp glass of cider! Monger Liz celebrates the season with a profile of three of our favorites New England cideries: Shacksbury Cider, Far From the Tree Cider, and Bantam Cider
Big Picture Farm has caught the attention of many a candy-eater, gift-giver, artisanal-food junkie and Tumblr user, and the farm’s award-winning goat’s milk caramels are fully deserving of hype and high praise. We proudly stock their precious packages in the bakery window, and hold onto their idyllic postcards behind the bakery to cheer us up. Continue Reading »
You don’t have to go far from Boston for some of the world’s best artisan cheese. Old world traditions are alive and well in Vermont.
Fellow monger, Erin, and I drove up to the Cellars at Jasper Hill before the holidays. The object of our journey: to pick up 40 wheels of Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, 20 wheels of Landaff cheese and a number of other Jasper Hill cheeses: Constant Bliss, Weybridge, Hartwell, Oma, Winnimere and Caspian. En route, we stopped Continue Reading »
I recently had the great fortune to visit with Stan Biasini and his family at Mt. Mansfield Creamery in Morristown, Vermont. I arrived bright and early, just as Stan was pooling the milk from the morning milking into a heating vat to begin making his cheese: Inspiration. Here at the shop, we only began carrying Continue Reading »
Four years ago, when I first moved from New York to the Boston-area, I can only describe it as a collision of worlds. Although the change of pace is less noticeable for some, it took me extra time to adjust to the relatively gentle mobility of Beantown as compared to that of the Big Apple. Continue Reading »
It was the perfect day yesterday at Shelburne Farms for the 5th annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. Forty plus cheesemakers from around the state of Vermont, as well as a few from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, gathered for an afternoon of tasting and talking – and, happily, we did a lot of both! Tripp, Meredith, Kyra, Continue Reading »
Michael Lee strides into the thick, overgrown land behind his house, looking for the shady spot where his herd of goats is foraging for their afternoon meal. “Hey ladies!” he shouts upon spotting the group, and steps over the portable fence into their large makeshift pen. At once, they surround him, following as he walks Continue Reading »
We arrived at Jasper Hill Farm on a rainy Friday morning after navigating the scenic but rugged roads of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Jasper Hill, which is run by brothers Mateo and Andy Kehler, keeps about 46 Ayrshire cows, whose milk is used to produce popular cheeses such as Constant Bliss and Bayley Hazen Blue. Around Continue Reading »
Consider Bardwell’s cheesemaking roots date back to 1864, when the southwestern Vermont farm produced large wheels of cheddar that they transported to New York and beyond. Today, the farm has been re-invented as a goat’s milk dairy, with a herd of about 100 Oberhaslis, a Swiss breed rarely found outside of Switzerland. After falling into Continue Reading »
A big welcome to the newest cheesemaker on our wall – Spoonwood Cabin Creamery! Spoonwood is a teeny-tiny 1,000 square foot “nano-creamery” in the town of Jacksonville, Vermont, 25 minutes west of Brattleboro.
The primary goal of our trip to Jasper Hill was to taste Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and select the wheels we thought would best suit our customers. This led us to taste over ten batches ranging from seven to eleven months old.