They know their cows by name.
“Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company (VFCC) gently cares for our land and the lives of our animals to make fresh, quality, and artisan cheese available to all.”
Location: South Woodstock, VT
Distance from the Market: 3 miles
Vermont’s first community-owned artisan cheese and dairy facility is located just a few miles down the road in South Woodstock. If you drive by, you may see a few members of their herd grazing on a grassy hillside. An interesting tidbit: Each cow’s name begins with the letter of their cow family.
Local residents came together in 2009 to preserve the beautiful 18-acre dairy farm and the surrounding landscape. A decade later, Farmstead Cheese Company makes over 20 different varieties of gourmet cheeses made from farm-fresh milk. Most of their cheeses are raw, but they sell a handful of pasteurized cheeses, as well.
Their herd includes a mix of purebred Holsteins, Jerseys, Aryshires, and Brown Swiss that feast on green grass (in summer) and hay (in winter). Each cow averages about 60 pounds of milk a day. And talk about fresh! The amount of time between milking and cheese-making is approximately 12 to 48 hours.
For more info: https://vermontfarmstead.com.
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