Local is a focus in all our departments, but stands out especially in our cheese selection. We offer a heavenly assortment of Vermont-made cheeses, including Plymouth Artisan, Grafton Village, Neighborly Farms, VT Creamery, & many more.
We are constantly on the lookout for ways to expand our selection! We participate in the “Cave to Co-op” program, a partnership between the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, distributor Provisions International, and New England’s artisan cheesemakers. This wonderful program works to provide area co-ops with a new, regionally-made cheese each month. Check out this month’s highlighted cheese below!
If you are looking for a special cheese, or have any other questions, call us at 802-885-3363! We’re happy to help you find the cheese of your dreams!
Cave to Coop February 2019: Grafton Clothbound
Raw Cow Milk
Grafton Village Cheese
“The Grafton Village Cheese Company was founded in 1892 as the Grafton Co-operative Cheese Company, to convert surplus milk from local dairy farmers into cheese. In 1912, the cheesemaking factory burned down and the community had no cheese facility until 1962, when the Windham Foundation restored the factory and brought cheesemaking back to the community. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting the rural communities of Vermont. The profits from Grafton Village Cheese go back into the Foundation to further its commitment to keep rural Vermont alive and thriving. Today, quality and taste are still the hallmarks of the company’s products.
The Grafton Cave Aged line of fine cheeses takes Grafton beyond its roots in Vermont Cheddar cheese. The cheese is carefully matured in Grafton’s own cave aging facility using raw milk from small Vermont family farms that is thermalized and contains no artificial hormones. The rennet used is non GMO microbial rennet, suitable for vegetarians.
Clothbound Cheddar is classic milled curd cow milk cheddar wrapped in cheesecloth while it ages slowly in Grafton’s caves for a minimum of six months. Grafton Clothbound delivers a very bold cheese with both nut and mushroom notes.
Grafton Clothbound is delicious any time of year on a cheese plate or in a sandwich or just eaten out of hand…”
Suggested pairings from Grafton Village Cheese:
Wine: Pinot Noir, Chablis, off-dry Riesling
Beer: Wheat Beer, Red Ale
Dry or off-dry cider
Dried fruits, nutty bread, dark berries, grainy mustards
You can read more about the Cave to Co-op program here!