Library of Cheese

All of Saxelby’s selections organized from A to Z


Manchester cheese
Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Goat

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Vegetarian

Style: Washed Rind

Texture: Semi-Firm

Age: 3-4 Months

Size: 3lb Wheel

 

Manchester

Consider Bardwell Farm - West Pawlet, Vermont

Consider Bardwell Farm is the site of the first cheesemaking coop in Vermont, dating back to 1864.  The stream next to the farm used to provide power for the cheese house and also water for the making of the cheese. Manchester is a firm, aged goats’ milk cheese, crafted from the milk of Angela Miller’s herd of Alpine and Oberhaasli goats. The aroma is that of fresh cut grass and asparagus stalks, and the flavor is deeply mineral and sweet. The tawny orange rinds are washed as the cheeses age, heightening nutty flavor notes present in the milk. Aged 3-4 months.


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Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Animal

Style: Smoked/Aged in Cryovac

Texture: Semi-Firm

Age: 2 Months or More

Size: 5lb Wheel

 

Maple Smoked Cheddar

Grafton Village Cheese - Grafton, Vermont

Ah the magic of maple... Grafton’s Maple Smoked Cheddar brings together two of the Green Mountain State’s most classic industries: cheddar cheese and maple syrup. The blocks are lightly smoked, lending a savory and downright bacony flavor to the smooth, sharp cheddar. Makes a perfect sandwich companion, especially sandwiches of the vegetarian variety... rich, smokey, and hearty.


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Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Goat

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Animal

Style: Bloomy Rind

Texture: Soft

Age: 4-6 Weeks

Size: 4oz Wheel

 

Marbarella

Lazy Lady Farm - Westfield, Vermont

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the prettiest cheese of all? Marbarella’s striated beauty comes from not one, but two layers of vegetable ash sprinkled between layers of delicate and fluffy curd. Not just a looker, the taste packs a real punch… light, lemony, lactic and musky.


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Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Animal

Style: Waxed Rind

Texture: Firm

Age: 6 Months or More

Size: 20lb Wheel

 

Marieke Burning Melange Gouda

Hollands Family Cheese - Thorp, Wisconsin

Feel the burn! Burning Melange is crafted from raw milk infused with a blend of stinging nettles, chives, celery, parsley, dried onion. The flavor is creamy, savory, and delightful. Like sour cream and onion Pringles - only in cheese form. And we mean that in the VERY best way! Once you pop (a bite that is), you can’t stop…


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Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Animal

Style: Waxed Rind

Texture: Firm

Age: 6-9 Months

Size: 20lb Wheel

 

Marieke Mature Gouda

Holland Family Farm - Thorp, Wisconsin

Marieke Penterman and her family relocated from the Netherlands to the nether regions of northern Wisconsin to pursue their cheesemaking dreams. They produce an array of award-winning goudas that would make their cousins across the pond blush! The cheese is crafted from the milk of Holstein-Fresian cows, the breed developed for its dairying prowess in Holland. Each wax-coated wheel is aged between 6 and 9 months, during which time it develops a dense, creamy paste and a caramelly sweet, grassy flavor.


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Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Animal

Style: Waxed Rind

Texture: Firm

Age: 9-12 Months

Size: 20lb Wheel

 

Marieke Plain Aged Gouda

Holland Family Farm - Thorp, Wisconsin

Marieke Penterman and her family relocated from the Netherlands to the nether regions of northern Wisconsin to pursue their cheesemaking dreams. They produce an array of award-winning goudas that would make their cousins across the pond blush! The cheese is crafted from the milk of Holstein-Fresian cows, the breed developed for its dairying prowess in Holland. Each wax-coated wheel is aged between 9 and 12 months, during which time it develops a dense, creamy paste and a caramelly sweet, grassy flavor.


Marieke Premium Gouda cheese
Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Animal

Style: Waxed Rind

Texture: Firm

Age:  18-24 Months

Size: 20lb Wheel

 

Marieke Premium Gouda

Holland Family Farm - Thorp, Wisconsin

Marieke Penterman and her family relocated from the Netherlands to the nether regions of northern Wisconsin to pursue their cheesemaking dreams. They produce an array of award-winning goudas that would make their cousins across the pond blush! The cheese is crafted from the milk of Holstein-Fresian cows, the breed developed for its dairying prowess in Holland. Each wax-coated wheel is aged between 12 and 18 months, during which time it develops a dense, firm paste and a caramelly sweet, grassy flavor. The wheels of Marieke Premium Gouda are studded with crystalline crunchy bits known as tyrosine, which are clusters of protein that calcify during the aging process.


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Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Animal

Style: Waxed Rind

Texture: Firm

Age: 18-24 Months

Size: 20lb Wheel

 

Marieke Super Gouda

Holland Family Farm - Thorp, Wisconsin

Marieke Penterman and her family relocated from the Netherlands to the nether regions of northern Wisconsin to pursue their cheesemaking dreams. They produce an array of award-winning goudas that would make their cousins across the pond blush! The cheese is crafted from the milk of Holstein-Fresian cows, the breed developed for its dairying prowess in Holland. Each wax-coated wheel is aged for over 18 months, during which time it develops a dense, firm paste and a caramelly sweet, grassy flavor. The wheels of Marieke Premium Gouda are studded with crystalline crunchy bits known as tyrosine, which are clusters of protein that calcify during the aging process.


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Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Animal

Style: Waxed Rind

Texture: Firm

Age: 2 Years or More

Size: 20lb Wheel

 

Marieke Extra Aged Gouda

Holland’s Family Cheese - Thorp, WI

Marieke Penterman and her family relocated from the Netherlands to the nether regions of northern Wisconsin to pursue their cheesemaking dreams. They produce an array of award-winning goudas that would make their cousins across the pond blush! The cheese is crafted from the milk of Holstein-Fresian cows, the breed developed for its dairying prowess in Holland. Each wax-coated wheel is aged for over two years, during which time it develops a dense, firm paste and a caramelly sweet, grassy flavor. The interior of the cheese is studded with crystalline crunchy bits known as tyrosine, which are clusters of protein that calcify during the aging process. Holland’s Family Cheese ages these premium wheels specially for Saxelby Cheese - the two year age profile is a rare and delicious treat!


Mascarpone cheese
Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Vegetarian

Style: Fresh

Texture: Soft

Age: 1-4 Weeks

Size: 5lb Tub

 

Mascarpone

Vermont Creamery - Websterville, Vermont

This ain’t your run of the mill cannoli filling. Vermont Creamery’s Mascarpone is absolutely the best we’ve ever tasted. This thick, luscious fresh cheese tastes like whipped cream, but has a thicker, silkier, and more viscous texture. As versatile as it is delicious, Mascarpone is perfect for sweet or savory applications in the kitchen.


McCadam cheddar cheese
Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Vegetarian

Style: Rindless/Aged in Cryovac

Texture: Semi-Firm

Age: 1 Year or More

Size: 10lb Wheel

 

McCadam Cheddar

McCadam Cooperative - Heuvelton, New York

At over 100 years old, McCadam cooperative is one of New York State’s oldest cheddar manufacturers. During its heydey in the 19th century, McCadam produced cheddar for the United States and for the export market. The cheese was transported to the ports via mule-towed barge on the Erie Canal. Today McCadam makes a wide range of cheeses, their extra sharp cheddar is a piquant, oniony and creamy aged cheddar that is sure to please! Great for burgers, grilled cheese, or snacking.


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Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Sheep and Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Animal

Style: Natural Rind

Texture: Firm

Age: 10-12 Months

Size: 20lb Wheel

 

Meadow Melody

Hidden Springs Creamery - Westby, Wisconsin

This firm mixed-milk cheese expresses the best flavors to be had from fresh pasture. Citrusy, grassy, and a touch nutty, Meadow Melody is washed with a saltwater brine solution to give it its tawny orange rind. Think pecorino meets Emmenthaler with an added dash of butterfat to liven things up. Aged for 10-12 months.


Middlebury Blue cheese
Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Animal

Style: Blue

Texture: Semi-Firm

Age: 2 Months or More

Size: 6lb Wheel

 

Middlebury Blue

Blue Ledge Farm - Salisbury, Vermont

Described by the farmer as ‘town meets gown’, which refers to the unique social ecosystem that surrounds the quaint, beautiful town of Middlebury, Vermont. A little bit refined (i.e. the polished academic side of Middlebury College) and a little bit crusty Vermont (the down home surrounding countryside) Middlebury Blue is made from the milk of Ayrshire cows who reside close to Blue Ledge at the Crawford Family Farm and is aged for 60 days or longer. The paste breaks down near the rind, resulting in a creamy layer of sweet barnyard goodness, and stays a bit firmer in the center, allowing for some bright acidic notes to contradict the more mellow, milky exterior.


Miranda cheese
Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Animal

Style: Washed Rind

Texture: Semi-Firm

Age: 2 Months or More

Size: 8oz Wheel

 

Miranda

Vulto Creamery - Walton, New York

Miranda is a diminutive drum of washed rind cheese with oversized flavor! The semi-firm pungent paste tastes of beef, broth, grass, toasted nuts and barnyard. Each wheel is crafted from milk sourced from a small farm in neighboring Delhi, NY. The farm has a small herd of mostly Jersey cows that are pastured in the summer months and fed hay and dry grasses in the winter months. The wheels of Miranda are washed in Meadow of Love absinthe made at Delaware Phoenix Distillery which develops the sticky washed rind and robust flavor. Aged 60-90 days.


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Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Goat and Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Animal

Style: Natural Rind

Texture: Firm

Age: 4 Months or More

Size: 6lb Wheel

 

Mixed Drum

Twig Farm - West Cornwall, Vermont

A seasonal special from Twig Farm! Mixed Drum is an earthy, hearty, rustic wheel made from a blend of goats’ milk from their herd and cows’ milk sourced from neighboring farms. The ratio of goat to cow is about 20/80. The texture is semi-firm and squidgy, with the center of the cheese remaining chalky and breaking down around the rind. Nutty, lightly sharp and citrusy with some yeasty and lactic notes. Aged for 4 months or more.


Moses Sleeper cheese
Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Animal

Style: Bloomy Rind

Texture: Soft

Age: 8-12 Weeks

Size: 1lb Wheel

 

Moses Sleeper

Jasper Hill Farm - Greensboro, Vermont

Moses Sleeper was Greensboro’s own local Revolutionary war hero, and is the inspiration for this decadent and buttery cheese. The undulating fluffy folds of bloomy rind encase a creamy, pudding-like paste that tastes of cauliflower, truffles, and barnyard. Aged 4-6 weeks in the Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm.


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Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Sheep

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Animal

Style: Blue

Texture: Semi-Firm

Age: 4-5 Months

Size: 6lb Wheel

 

Mossend Blue

Bonnieview Farm - South Albany, VT

Cheesemaker Neil Urie has hit the jackpot with Mossend Blue, a sheeps’ milk cheese whose paste is riddled with spidery blue veins. Crumbly at first bite, but then melts in your mouth with a lovely balance of savory and sweet. Flavors range from chocolatey sweet, to aromatic spice, to earthbound, root-like elements, to thick, dense fudge. Aged 4-5 months.


Mountaineer cheese
Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Animal

Style: Washed Rind

Texture: Semi-Firm

Age: 6 Months or More

Size: 20lb Wheel

 

Mountaineer

Meadow Creek Dairy - Galax, Virginia

A complex washed rind cheese that evokes the earthy, pungent tommes of the Swiss Alps. Part grass, part toasted nuts, and part beef broth would accurately describe this cheese. Aged for more than 6 months, Mountaineer is one of the most savory, rustic bits of cheese you could ever hope for your tastebuds to stumble across. Made only when the herd of Jersey cows at Meadow Creek Dairy is out on pasture, from April until November each year.


Mozarella cheese
Cheese Stats

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Vegetarian

Style: Fresh

Texture: Soft

Age: 1-2 Weeks

Size: 8oz Ball

 

Mozzarella

Maplebrook Farm - Bennington, Vermont

Johann Englert walked into a cheese shop in Manchester, Vermont, and walked away with an idea for a cheese business! The mozzarella that she tasted in this tiny shop transported her tastebuds back to Italy, where she had traveled many years before. Mike Scheps, the owner’s son and third generation cheesemaker, is now Johann’s business partner - the two of them founded Maplebrook Farm with the intention of bringing great mozzarella and other pasta filata cheeses to the northeastern United States. Maplebrook’s fresh mozzarella is sweet and creamy with a hint of salt. Sometimes the simplest things in life are the best things in life. And Maplebrook’s mozzarella is just that!


Cheese Illustration Credits: Debra Ziss