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About

We are a Vermont company that produces artisanal raw cow's milk cheeses with milk received from a single local herd that we continually monitor for quality. All of our milk comes from a farm that engages in the best dairy practices and humane treatment of their livestock. Only the finest and freshest milk goes into our cheeses. We are also dedicated to the ideas and philosophies of the slow food movement; knowing where your food comes, how it is made, and to the preservation of the working landscapes of Vermont. Your patronage will help ensure that future.

The Plymouth Cheese Factory is located on the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch,Vermont, which is in the central part of the state. We are 20 minutes from the charming village of Woodstock and 15 minutes from both the Killington and Okemo ski resorts. The cheese factory is open 7 days a week, 10 - 5 pm in the summer and 11 - 4 in the winter. Come visit us soon!

 

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 cheese is very similar to cheddar, but it's made in a technically different way. 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 get the best and highest quality raw milk supply possible. 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 only 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. Besides making cheese, Jesse has been working with various agencies of the State of Vermont for job training initiatives and cost sharing for his employees, as well as the Vermont Agricultural Department. In addition, he has been working with other Vermont artisanal cheese makers and most importantly with marketers of Vermont cheeses. He is developing synergistic business relationships with these entities and planning his production goals to coincide with their requirements, as one part of his marketing plan.

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

This is our signature cheese, revived from the original Coolidge recipe. Original Plymouth is a full-bodied heritage cheese whose sharp flavor is rounded out with notes of butter, fruit and nuts.

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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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East Meadow

8oz., $10.00

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

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Garlic Peppercorn

8oz., $10.00

A smooth, complex granular curd cheese spiced with green peppercorns, onion, garlic and red pepper. Aged 60 days.

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Hot Pepper

8 oz. , $10.00

A hearty cheese enriched with zesty red, orange and green peppers for lively color and a spicy flavor. Aged 60 days.

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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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TEst

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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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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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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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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

Worthy Kitchen

Longtrail Brewery

Gillingham's

Woodstock Farmers Market

Cloudland Farm

Woodstock Inn & Resort

Vermont Country Store

Hen of the Wood

Taftsville Country Store

Lebanon Food Co-op

Upper Valley Food Co-op

Middlebury Food Co-op

Healthy Living

City Market

Dan & Whit's General Store, Norwich

Brattleboro Food Co-op

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

 

New York

Williams-Sonoma

Dean & DeLuca Madison

Eataly

Forager's Manhattan

Forager's Brooklyn

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

 

New Hampshire

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

 

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

 

Massachusetts

Central Bottle, Cambridge

Allandale Farm, Brookline

Bee's Knees Supply Company, Boston

Bacco's Wine & Cheese

Savenor's, Boston, Somerville

The Winebuyer's Outlet, Boston

Wasik's Cheese Shop, Wellesley

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 

 

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

Potash Market, Chicago

 

Lousiana

Cuban Liquors, Shreveport

 

South Carolina

Geechie Boy Market & Mill, Edisto Island  

 

North Carolina

Orrman's Cheese, Charlotte

 

South Dakota

Sunshine Foods

 

New Mexico

Cheesemongers of Santa Fe

 

California

DTLA Cheese, Los Angeles

Gjusta, Los Angeles

Joan's On Third, Los Angeles

Monsieur Marcel, Los Angeles

Rainbow Grocery, San Francisco 

Cheese Plus, San Francisco

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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