Our esteemed Cheese Buyer, Agela, has been very busy this summer sourcing a fantastic cheese selection for the Monadnock Food Co-op, and further expanding her knowledge of dairy delights in order to inform those who attend her Cheese Tasting Workshops – or stop to converse in the aisles.
In July, the Vermont Cheesemaker’s Festival in Shelburne, VT was a fantastic opportunity for her to try a range of cheeses, jams, wines, spirits, cider and beer. You may notice a few new cheeses from Maplebrook Farm and Grafton Cheese in the case, along with a new plum confit from Blake Hill Preserves.
Agela was also selected as one of the 2015 winners of the John Crompton Scholarship for Retailers, a prestigious award, which allowed her to attend this years’ American Cheese Society’s Annual Cheese Camp in Providence, RI at the end of July. Almost 1800 different dairy products, from butter to ten-year aged cheddars, were entered in this year’s competition, and a record number of 1200 industry colleagues from the US, Canada and Europe were in attendance.
In addition to eating a ridiculous amount of cheese (which she will be able to tell you about at great length if you stop to ask), Agela was able to attend educational seminars, further informing her purchases and providing fodder for future workshops. She returned home full of excitement, knowledge, inspiration and with a cooler full of new and exciting cheeses, including a new sage and herb selection from Plymouth Artisan Cheese.
The American Cheese Society (ACS) chooses winners in many categories, and we are either currently, or soon will be, carrying selections from over a dozen of the winning cheese makers (the majority of which are from Vermont). Look for signage calling out ACS winners in our case, and enjoy the best cheese our country has to offer!