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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.
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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.

The 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

A mellow, creamy cheese, cold-smoked over hickory wood using traditional Vermont techniques for a rich, savory flavor.

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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

Buttery and creamy with slightly sweet notes. Aged 60 days. 

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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 is a classic Vermont extra-aged cheese. A robust, mature version of Original Plymouth distinguished by a bold sharpness with richly nuanced complexity.

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TEst

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TEst 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

A savory classic enhanced with aromatic sage, thyme, rosemary, lavender and oregano.

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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

Made with our very own Vermont Sambal, which is a spicy relish of Indonesian origin.

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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

Woodstock Farmers Market

Worthy Kitchen

Gillingham's

Cloudland Farm

Village Inn of Woodstock

Vermont Country Store

Hen of the Wood

Taftsville Country Store

Brattleboro Food Co-op

Lebanon Food Co-op

Upper Valley Food Co-op

Middlebury Food Co-op

Healthy Living

City Market

Dan & Whit's General Store, Norwich

As the Crow Flies

Jeff’s Main Seafood

The Red Hen Bakery

Meditrina, Chester

Jay Village Store

Newport Natural Foods

Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center

Putney Food Co-op

Hunger Mountain Co-op

Springfield Food Co-op, Springfield 

Above All Vermont, Manchester Center

Phat Italian Deli, Killington

Bridgewater Corners Store

Jake’s Quechee Marketplace

Warren Store

Worthy Burger

Dutton’s Farm Stand

The Perfect Wife

Belmont General Store

Hudak Farm

Vermont Country Deli

Cloudland Farm

Basketville Factory Store

Mon Vert Café

Rutland Co-op

Homestyle Hostel

Harlow Farm

Five Corners Pub

Wine & Cheese Depot

Stemwinder

Mojo Café

Downtown Grocery

Singleton’s

Lisai’s

JJ Hapgood

Weston Village Store

Weston Marketplace

Jake’s Café

Clark’s IGA

New American Grill

Bromley Market

Winhall Market

Brewfest

Long Trail Brewery

Stone Hearth Inn

Upper Pass Lodge 

 

New York

Williams-Sonoma

Dean & DeLuca 

Eataly

Forager's 

Dimes

Gotham Bar and Grill

Park Slope Food Co-op

The Wythe Hotel

DePanneur

Brooklyn Kitchen

Inwood Gourmet

Schaller &Weber

Greene Grape

Greenpoint Cheese & Meat

Union Market

The Brooklyn Kitchen

Marlow and Daughters

Stinky Manhattan

Mouth Foods

Willoughby General, Brooklyn

Margaret Palca Bakes, Brooklyn

Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction

Rivertown Lodge

Brooklyn Slate Company

 

New Hampshire

Anne’s Plainfield Store

Hanover Food Co-op

Lebanon Food Co-op

Keene Food Co-op

Calef's Country Store, Barrington

Zeb's Country Store, North Conway

Walpole Country Store, Walpole

Tendercrop Farm, Dover

Monadnock Food Co-op

 

New Jersey

Van Hook Cheese & Grocery, Jersey City

Dreyer Farm, Cranford

The Marketplace Cheese Shop, Manahawkin

 

Connecticut

Mike's Organic Delivery, Cos Cob

Caseus, New Haven

Darien Cheese Shop, Darien

Red House Gifts, Madison

Northville Market, Northville

Bantam Market, Bantam

TFC Health Foods, Farmington

Cleveland Country Store

 

Rhode Island

Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet, Newport

Wishing Stone Farm, Little Compton

Provender, Tiverton

 

Pennsylvania

East End Food Co-op, Pittsburgh

New Hope Winery, New Hope

Feast on Brilliant

Kitchen Kettle – Aged & Cured

 

Massachusetts

Savenor's, Boston

Central Bottle, Cambridge

Allandale Farm, Brookline

Bee's Knees Supply Company, Boston

Bacco's Wine & Cheese, Boston

The Winebuyer's Outlet, Boston

Wasik's Cheese Shop, Wellesley

LeRoux Gourmet

Tendercrop Farm, Newbury

Wild Oats Co-op, Williamstown

Guido's Marketplace, Pittsfield, Lenox

Bloomy Rind, Hingham

Our Market, Oak Bluffs

Windfall Market, Falmouth

Bean & Cod, Falmouth

Winston Flowers 

Town Wharf General Store, Mattapoisett

Roche Bros.

Star Market 

 

Michigan

Westborn Markets

The Butler Pantry, Saugatuck

Farmhouse Deli, Douglas

Western Market, Ferndale

King's Market, Grand Rapids

Harvest Health Foods, Grand Rapids

Louise Earl Butcher, Grand Rapids

Amy Ruis, Art of the Table

Folgarelli's, Traverse City

Papa Joe's, Rochester Hills

Boyne County Provisions, Boyne City

Lake Street Market, Boyne City

Petoskey Cheese, Petoskey

Lafayette Market, Pontiac

Market 22, Maple City

Vine & Brew, Okemos

The Wine Garden, St. Clair Shores

Village Food Market, Grosse Pointe Farms

Joe's Produce Gourmet Market, Livonia

Artigiano, LLC, Bay City

 

Maine

The Velveteen Habit, Cape Neddick

Blue Hill Food Co-op, Blue Hill

 

Illinois 

Pastoral Artisan Cheese

Heinen's

 

Lousiana

Cuban Liquors, Shreveport

 

Virginia

Karin’s Florist

Bad Wolf Public House

 

South Carolina

Geechie Boy Market & Mill, Edisto Island  

 

North Carolina

Orrman's Cheese, Charlotte

 

South Dakota

Sunshine Foods

 

New Mexico

Cheesemongers of Santa Fe

 

Arizona

Little Moo's, Cottonwood

 

California

Rainbow Grocery, San Francisco 

Cheese Plus, San Francisco

Gjusta, Los Angeles

DTLA Cheese, Los Angeles

Joan's On Third, Los Angeles

Farmshop, Los Angeles

Monsieur Marcel, Los Angeles

The Cheeseboard Collective, Berkeley

Sunshine Foods, Napa Valley

Artistic Table, Livermore

 

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

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