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Plymouth Cheese News and Events

Read it in the Forward! Thank you Rachel Ellner, cheese expert Max McCalman, and chair of packaging design at FIT, Marianne Klimchuk.
We are open everyday from 10-4. Please call 802-672-3650 for our cheesemaking schedule. See you soon!
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About

During the process of making cheese, so many variables must galvanize with just the right alchemy, synchrony and balance to create something perfect—which is also how the story of the Plymouth Cheese company came to be.

Since the start of his career, Jesse Werner—a native Vermonter and passionate cheesemaker—always held a vision to preserve the working landscape of his beloved Vermont, and took on the momentous task of reviving the original 1890 Coolidge-era granular curd recipe that the first European settlers brought to the new world. Just as this old-world formula was revitalized by Werner, the antique cheese factory and its equipment were also brought back to life, the result of which became an artisanal cheese company that today crafts cheeses all cut and waxed by hand, the way it was done over 125 years ago on the Plymouth homestead.

Enter Sarit Werner, Jesse’s wife, a former graphic designer for Ralph Lauren, who on one fateful day decided to pack her bags and leave the urban hustle of New York City for rural Vermont, to not only marry, but truly join forces with her man. It was Sarit’s fine art background and experience with bold visual language that, through a whimsical vision of branding, enhanced the Plymouth products to a new level of aesthetic appeal, helping make the cheeses a full-spectrum experience for all of the senses.

While the company’s roots are steeped in the green-pastured classics of Americana, in time Jesse and Sarit sought to explore variations on their cheeses, whose new flavors would take inspiration from the spices, elements and culinary personalities of other corners in the world. Using their signature heritage cheddar, Original Plymouth, as the basis, the husband-wife team went on to create a dynamic line of hand-waxed, cave-aged and blue cheeses that today comprise the Plymouth brand.

Process

Our cheeses are crafted, cut and waxed by hand - the way they did it over 125 years ago on the Plymouth homestead.

Granular curd is the one of the oldest types of cheddar cheeses. The art of achieving the rich, open-bodied texture of granular curd cheese is through the skillful cutting and continuous stirring of the curds.

The secret to making great cheese is to use the best and highest quality raw milk.. We use only the finest Vermont raw cow's milk free of any additives, ant-biotics or rBST. Our milk is sourced from a single dairy herd in close proximity to the cheese factory so we can use the freshest milk possible, and we can ensure consistent quality.

The quality of the raw milk that we make our cheeses from is also dependent on what the animals are fed and how they are treated. The milk that goes into Plymouth Cheese comes from livestock that is humanely treated and where only the best dairy practices are employed. We are confident that once you have tasted our cheeses you will appreciate and understand our constant attention to detail and our dedication to promoting and sustaining the natural environment here in Vermont.

History

The Plymouth Cheese Factory is the second oldest cheese factory in the United States - producing high quality and distinctive artisan cheeses for over 125 years. The factory still occupies the same site and building as it did when it was built in 1890 in Plymouth, Vermont by Col. John Coolidge, father of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States. John Coolidge, a dairy farmer, created Plymouth Cheese as a means of turning extra milk into a product with a longer shelf life, using the same exacting granular curd recipe that the first European settlers brought with them to the New World.

Jesse Werner, has revived that recipe, and the original way they used to dip the cheese in wax. Plymouth Cheese is the closest thing consumers can find to the cheeses America’s first farmers produced in the 1600's. Plymouth Artisan Cheese may be the only cheesemaker that still produces this distinctive and original American heritage cheese.

 

Our Cheesemaker

Jesse Werner is an artisanal cheesemaker and all of his cheeses are produced in small batches and aged on site.

In 2008-2009 Jesse attended the Vermont Institute of Artisanal Cheese (VIAC), University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, where he studied artisan cheese making which included, but not by way of limitation, all aspects of artisanal cheese production including Chemistry, Microbiology, Cultures and Design of Artisanal Cheeses. 

Jesse apprenticed with Marc Andre St. Yves of Fromager Conseil ENC/INTERNATIONAL , and designs and develops his own cheeses, in addition to the distinctive granular curd, at the cheese factory. 

The public is invited to visit the Plymouth Cheese Factory and watch Jesse and his assistants as they create Plymouth Cheese. There are viewing windows to observe the art of the cheesemaker and, more often than not, Jesse will come out and answer questions about Plymouth Cheese and the work required to produce this unique artisan product.

Hand Waxed Series

 

Cave Aged Wheels

 

Cheese Curds

 

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Original Plymouth

8oz., $10.00

The Original Plymouth recipe is precisely that: it is the original Coolidge-era formula that was discovered on a frayed scrap of paper, taped to the walls of the old Plymouth factory, and revitalized by founder Jesse Werner in 2009. Aged for one whole year, this cheddar is the most antiquated of the English varieties, an old-world recipe with a sharp, rich flavor profile that lingers, like a passed down story. It’s a full-bodied cheese, rounded with the perfect balance of cream and tang, and said to be closest to what the settlers of the 1600s consumed. Original Plymouth is the signature granular curd cheddar recipe on which all the other varieties are based. And as the great spark ignitor of the whole Plymouth line, this raw heritage cheddar literally tastes like a walk back in time.





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Plymouth Cheese Giftbox with 6 cheeses

Vintage wooden Giftbox with 6 of our handmade, award-winning cheeses, $80.00

Included cheeses are blocks of Original Plymouth, Smoked, Hunter, Hot Pepper, Garlic Peppercorn, and Sage & Herb.

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Smoked

8 oz. , $10.00

Our Smoked cheddar is a gentleman’s cheese. It’s the cheese that doesn’t mince words and gives you a firm handshake. Cold-smoked over hickory wood in the classic Vermont tradition, this natural raw artisanal cheddar comes to life somewhere between creamy, savory and proud. With hints of salt and bacon, this sixty-day recipe is one of our best sellers, with enough grit as is, melted, or on a sandwich.





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Black Truffle

8 oz.
New!, $10.50

Black Truffle is the delicate mingling of the Original Plymouth recipe sailed metaphorically to the shores of Tuscany. In the Italian tradition, truffle cheeses are typically made with sheep’s milk—but this pioneer is a raw cow milk version, aged for sixty days, infused with real truffle morsels from Italy and light touches of white truffle oil. Italian black summer truffles, called scorzone, grow naturally and elusively below the soil’s surface in woodlands, and are known to have a more subtle flavor than the winter variety. The result here is a luscious slow-dance of flavors; a mellow and approachable cheese that is at once earthy, straightforward, sexy and smooth.





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East Meadow

8oz., $10.00

East Meadow is our sun-is-shining happy place cheese. With its buttery consistency, just enough kick and mildly sweet notes, this natural raw artisanal milk variety is a favorite among cheese-loving children—but equally mature enough for an elegant or casual grown-up picnic sprawl. Named for the East Meadow on Plymouth Notch where the factory still stands proud, our youngest sixty-day recipe is the smile-and-a-hug equivalent of a raw cheddar.





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Garlic Peppercorn

8oz., $10.00

Garlic Peppercorn is inspired by the flair and finesse of the French kitchen, with its proud and vivacious character and the savory elements of onion, garlic, red peppers—and of course, green peppercorns. The poir vert tradition holds strong in France, where chefs bow to this verdant variety of the peppercorn, which shows up in sauces as well as in cheese. This raw cheddar is marbled, which makes it (much like the French) as pretty as it is complex. It is aged for sixty days, yielding an upbeat and creamy granular curd cheese that tastes like a whole plate of dinner in just one bite.

 





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Hot Pepper

8 oz. , $10.00

Hot Pepper is the high-desert lovechild of a Tex-Mex daydream and the signature Plymouth Original. A natural raw artisanal milk version of an American pepperjack, this hearty cheese, which is aged for sixty days, turns up the heat and buzzes with flavor. Some bites will have more kick than others, so one might say this is the cheese of surprise and serendipity, a dynamic journey along the spectrum of spice and zest. Habanero and Jalapeño peppers are added at the curd stage, forging a bright, bold and lively cheese that is great on its own, and sublime on a plate of nachos.



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Hunter

8 oz, $10.00

Hunter, our sharpest cheese, won’t waste your time. It’s the cheese that wants you to grasp the essence of what sharp cheddar means—with your soul. As the lactose content decreases during the two-year aging process, crystallization occurs, which makes its consistency more brittle to the bite. The result is a robust, mature, ivory-hued, no-nonsense sharp Vermont cheddar that would wear a plaid flannel shirt, chop your wood and build you a fire if it could.





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TEst

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Plymouth Navy T-Shirt

Unisex, Print on the Front, $22.00

Plymouth Logo T Shirt in Navy. Available is Men's sizes : Small-XXLarge. Please specify size when ordering in the comments!

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Sage & Herbs

8oz., $10.00

Our Sage & Herb cheddar is a lover, not a fighter. With its savory kick, aromatic personality, and purple psychedelic label, this variety is the bohemian cousin of our Plymouth original. Enhanced with a mellow blend of herbs de provence—including sage, thyme, rosemary, lavender and oregano—this sixty-day recipe is a favorite during the holidays. Both feisty and familiar, this whimsical flavor finds its groove on a sandwich, paired with fruit, or perfect its own.

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Maple Syrup Tin - Cylinder

Our own small-batch Vermont Pure, $10.00
 
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Maple Syrup Tin - Square

Our own small-batch Vermont Pure, $10.00
 
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Plymouth Trucker Hat

One Adjustable Size, $22.00

Our very own Plymouth Red and White Trucker Hatt! 

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Sambal

8 oz.
New!, $10.00

With its crumbly texture and vibrant blend of mystery and exoticism, Sambal is our genie-in-a-bottle of cheddars. Infused with the Indonesian relish called sambal—for which the cheese is named and which we make in-house—this sixty-day variety combines the dynamic depth of an umami flavor profile with just enough heat and spice. The result is a visually marbled fire-cracker of a cheese that pairs perfectly with a medjool date; or takes scrambled eggs and frittatas on a magic carpet ride.





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Maple Syrup Tin - Log Cabin

Our own small-batch Vermont Pure, $10.00

8.45 oz

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Plymouth Cheese Giftbox with 3 varieties of Artisan Cheese

Vintage wooden Giftbox with 3 cheeses, $50.00
Choose 3 cheeses to be included. Choices are Original Plymouth, Smoked, Hunter, Hot Pepper, Garlic Peppercorn, Sage & Herb, and East Meadow. Please specify your choice in the notes of your order.
 
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Plymouth Baseball Shirt

Baby and Women's sizes, $22.00

Women's sizes are M, L, and XL. Baby's sizes are 3-6 months , 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months.

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Plymouth Cheese Cooler Bag

Insulated Pack , $9.95
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Plymouth Cheese in the Press

Awards

2015 - Big E Cheese Competition - Eastern States Exposition

Gold Medal for Garlic Peppercorn

Silver Medal for Hot Pepper and Sage & Herbs

Bronze Medals for Big Blue, Red, White & Blue, Grace's Choice, Plymouth Tomme, East Meadow, Smoked and Original Plymouth

 

2015 - American Cheese Society

Second Place Ribbon for Hot Pepper in 'Cheeses with Flavor Added - All Milks and Mixed Milks' category

Third Place Ribbon for Sage&Herbs in 'Cheeses with Flavor Added - All Milks and Mixed Milks' category

 

2014 - Big E Cheese Competition - Eastern States Exposition

Gold Medal for Red, White & Blue

Gold Medal for Plymouth Big Blue

Gold Medal for Garlic Peppercorn

Gold Medal for Smoked

Silver Medal for East Meadow

Silver Medal for Grace's Choice

Bronze Medal for Hot Pepper

 

2014 - American Cheese Society

Second Place Ribbon for Red, White & Blue in the Blue Vein Natural Rind category

 

2013 - Big E Cheese Competition - Eastern States Exposition

Gold Medal for Grace’s Choice in the Washed Rind category

Bronze Medal for Plymouth Smoked in the Smoked Cheese category

Bronze Medal for Plymouth Hot Pepper in the Flavored category

 

2012 - American Cheese Society

Second Place Ribbon for Plymouth Original in the Original Recipe category

 

2012 - Big E Cheese Competition - Eastern States Exposition

Silver Medal for Plymouth Original in the Open category

Where to find us

Vermont

Above All Vermont, Manchester Center

As the Crow Flies, St. Albans

Basketville Factory Store

Belmont General Store

Brattleboro Food Co-op

Brewfest

Bridgewater Corners Store

Bromley Market

City Market

Clark’s IGA

Cloudland Farm

Dan & Whit's General Store, Norwich

Dutton’s Farm Stand

Downtown Grocery

Five Corners Pub, Ludlow

Gillingham's

Harlow Farm

Healthy Living

Hen of the Wood

Homestyle Hostel

Hudak Farm

Hunger Mountain Co-op

Jake’s Café

Jake’s Quechee Marketplace

Jay Village Store

Jeff’s Main Seafood, St. Albans

JJ Hapgood

Lebanon Food Co-op

Lisai’s

Long Trail Brewery

Meditrina, Chester

Middlebury Food Co-op

Mojo Café

Mon Vert Café

New American Grill

Newport Natural Foods

Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center

Phat Italian Deli, Killington

Putney Food Co-op

Red Hen Bakery

Rocking Horse Country Store

Rutland Co-op

Singleton’s

Springfield Food Co-op

Stemwinder

Stone Hearth Inn

Taftsville Country Store

The Perfect Wife

Upper Pass Lodge 

Upper Valley Food Co-op

Vermont Country Deli

Vermont Country Store

Village Inn of Woodstock

Warren Store

Wine & Cheese Depot

Winhall Market

Weston Marketplace

Weston Village Store

Woodstock Farmers Market

Worthy Kitchen

Worthy Burger

 

Connecticut

Bantam Market, Bantam

Caseus, New Haven

Cleveland Country Store

Darien Cheese Shop, Darien

Mike's Organic Delivery, Cos Cob

Northville Market, Northville

Red House Gifts, Madison

TFC Health Foods, Farmington

 

Maine

Blue Hill Food Co-op, Blue Hill

The Velveteen Habit, Cape Neddick

 

Massachusetts

Allandale Farm, Brookline

Bacco's Wine & Cheese, Boston

Bean & Cod, Falmouth

Bee's Knees Supply Company, Boston

Bloomy Rind, Hingham

Guido's Marketplace, Pittsfield, Lenox

LeRoux Gourmet

Our Market, Oak Bluffs

Roche Bros.

Savenor's, Boston

Star Market 

Tendercrop Farm, Newbury

Town Wharf General Store, Mattapoisett

Wasik's Cheese Shop, Wellesley

Wild Oats Co-op, Williamstown

Windfall Market, Falmouth

Winebuyer's Outlet, Boston

Winston Flowers 

 

New Hampshire

Anne’s Plainfield Store

Calef's Country Store, Barrington

Hanover Food Co-op

Keene Food Co-op

Lebanon Food Co-op

Monadnock Food Co-op

Tendercrop Farm, Dover

Walpole Country Store, Walpole

Zeb's Country Store, North Conway

 

New Jersey

Van Hook Cheese & Grocery, Jersey City

Dreyer Farm, Cranford

The Marketplace Cheese Shop, Manahawkin

 

New York

Brooklyn Kitchen

Dean & DeLuca 

DePanneur

Dimes

Eataly

Forager's 

Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction

Gotham Bar and Grill

Greene Grape

Greenpoint Cheese & Meat

Inwood Gourmet

Margaret Palca Bakes, Brooklyn

Marlow and Daughters

Mouth Foods

Park Slope Food Co-op

Rivertown Lodge

Schaller &Weber

Williams-Sonoma

Willoughby General, Brooklyn

Wythe Hotel

 

Pennsylvania

Di Bruno Bros.

East End Food Co-op, Pittsburgh

Feast on Brilliant

Kitchen Kettle – Aged & Cured

New Hope Winery, New Hope

 

Rhode Island

Provender, Tiverton

Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet, Newport

Wishing Stone Farm, Little Compton  

 

Michigan

Artigiano, LLC, Bay City

Boyne County Provisions, Boyne City

Butler Pantry, Saugatuck

Farmhouse Deli, Douglas

Folgarelli's, Traverse City

Harvest Health Foods, Grand Rapids

King's Market, Grand Rapids

Joe's Produce Gourmet Market, Livonia

Lafayette Market, Pontiac

Lake Street Market, Boyne City

Louise Earl Butcher, Grand Rapids

Market 22, Maple City

Papa Joe's, Rochester Hills

Petoskey Cheese, Petoskey

The Wine Garden, St. Clair Shores

Village Food Market, Grosse Pointe Farms

Vine & Brew, Okemos

Westborn Markets

Western Market, Ferndale

 

Illinois 

Heinen's

Pastoral Artisan Cheese

 

Lousiana

Cuban Liquors, Shreveport

 

North Carolina

Orrman's Cheese, Charlotte 

 

South Carolina

Geechie Boy Market & Mill, Edisto Island  

 

Virginia

Karin’s Florist

Bad Wolf Public House

 

South Dakota

Sunshine Foods

 

Arizona

Little Moo's, Cottonwood

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Flagstaff

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Mesa

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Phoenix

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Prescott

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Scottsdale

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Tempe

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Tucson

 

 

Nevada

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Henderson

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Las Vegas

 

New Mexico

Cheesemongers of Santa Fe

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Albuquerque

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Santa Fe

 

California

Artistic Table, Livermore

Cheeseboard Collective, Berkeley

Cheese Plus, San Francisco

DTLA Cheese, Los Angeles

Gjusta

Farmshop 

Joan's On Third, Los Angeles

Rainbow Grocery, San Francisco 

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Burbank

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Carlsbad

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Culver City

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Eagle Rock

Sprouts Farmer's Market, El Cajon

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Huntington Beach

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Irvine

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Los Angeles

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Mission Viejo

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Oceanside

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Rancho Cucamonga

Sprouts Farmer's Market, San Clemente

Sprouts Farmer's Market, San Diego

Sprouts Farmer's Market, Temecula

Sunshine Foods, Napa Valley

 

 

 

*If you sell our cheese, and don't see your shop listed above, please let us know! Thank you!*

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