Marisa Mauro, owner of Ploughgate Creamery may be young, but she's got an old Vermonter's soul. A tough and rugged woman, she has been in the dairy farming world since she was just a teenager. Ploughgate Creamery is located at the historic Bragg Farm, a beautiful parcel of hilltop farmland in Vermont's Mad River Valley. It has been a farm since 1909, and the original barn is intact – complete with wooden milking stanchions and a glorious loose hayloft where horses used to pull wagonloads of hay up a ramp. It’s a Vermonter’s wildest agrarian dream.
Marisa won the right to purchase the farm from the Vermont Land Trust in 2013. The Land Trust is an organization that buys farmland in order to keep it from being developed into homes or retail. Once in a generation, a farm like the Bragg Farm will come up for sale, and when it does, the competition is incredibly fierce. Marisa went toe to toe with about 13 other young farmers who all submitted business plans and proposals for the farm. Ultimately, Marisa was chosen to purchase the farm and become its steward.
Marisa sources her cream from the St Albans Coop, one of the best Coops in the state, but aims to have her own animals as soon as possible. Her creamery is a brand-spanking new building, but the rehabilitation of the rest of the farm buildings is something that will take time. When the barn is ready, she’ll fill it with cows and have her own herd.
Cheeses From This Farm
- Ploughgate Creamery Cultured Butter, 1lb salted
- Ploughgate Creamery Cultured Butter, 8oz salted
- Ploughgate Creamery Cultured Butter, 8oz unsalted