Stinky Cheese & Other Local Dairy

Eating local on the weekends is easy in Vermont when it comes to dairy. We have always eaten local yogurt, milk, butter, and cheese.

We buy our cheddar in big blocks. I can tell that our children are true cheese localvores because if I slip a slice of white Wisconsin cheddar in their sandwiches for lunch, the cheese will come back home neatly plucked from between the slices of bread. They love their Vermont cheddar--the more seriously sharp, the better.

Eggs are also easy to get locally. It seems as though there are egg signs on every street corner. We try to get our eggs from our neighbor although they charge more than the other people in the area.

Yesterday I went to the farmer's market and splurged on our most favorite cheese. It's made down the road by one of Lou's classmate's parents.

... from the milk of these cows who are all named after Harry Potter characters.

This is a very ripe, very stinky alpine cheese--our most favorite and as precious as gold at $13/pound. Yesterday we took it on a hike up Mt. Ascutney.


We enjoyed our bread and cheese up on the mountain as we looked down on the farm.


We realized just how local we were being when we turned over the label and realized we were eating Ascutney cheese on Ascutney Mountain.

Jane  – (September 27, 2009 at 12:21 PM)  

Yes, it's definitely not hard to eat local with dairy here in VT! You're lucky to have friends who make cheese-sounds delicious.

Tammy  – (September 27, 2009 at 2:39 PM)  

We are HUGE dairy fans here. Local is great, we get our milk from a dairy here...a good happy dairy with happy cows, lol.

And cheese - we just love cheese. The sharper the better for us, too! :)

Looks like a nice relaxing hike you all had!

sarah haliwell  – (September 27, 2009 at 2:57 PM)  

how lovely!! We love cheese too. The stronger the better.

Linda  – (September 27, 2009 at 3:50 PM)  

How wonderful to be able to eat so local :) I love the photo of those cows.

Dawn  – (September 27, 2009 at 7:01 PM)  

You are so lucky to have all those delicious local cheeses, along with the eggs and milk! There aren't many cows around where I live. I think they're so cute. ;)

RunninL8  – (September 30, 2009 at 12:48 AM)  

What a wonderful way to consume the yums!
I'm sad our Alaska dairy farms went under last year. :(

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