Region: Litchfield Hills, Mystic Country
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
"Connecticut is lucky enough to be peppered with a number of dairy farms that make their own cheese. And, many of the products have won widespread recognition and prestigious culinary awards as well. We have a virtual "cheese trail" in our own backyard.
So why is it that so many of us don't know about it? "It's the best-kept secret," said Brenda Cote, co-manager at Meadow Stone Farm in Brooklyn, that makes cheeses from both goat and cow milk.
For those who make the trek along the wine trail, which has two main pockets on either side of the state, there are glorious nibbles of fabulous cheese just waiting for the taking. It's just a matter of knowing where to look." - The Day, Best Kept Secret: The Connecticut Cheese ‘Trail' by Eileen Weber
Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm
139 BEAVER BROOK ROAD, LYME
(800) 501-WOOL (9665)
Beaver Brook Farm has been home to the Sankow family since 1917. Situated on one hundred and seventy-five acres in Lyme, CT, it was originally worked as a dairy farm. In 1984, Stan and Suzanne Sankow introduced their first sheep, Sherry and Ding, to the farm.
Cato Corner Farm
178 CATO CORNER ROAD, COLCHESTER
Liz MacAlister and Mark Gillman are the fantastic mother-son duo of Cato Corner Farm who make award-winning aged milk cheeses that satiate the cravings of fancy cheese connoisseurs and everyday cheese lovers alike.
59 TAYLOR BRIDGE ROAD, LEBANON
Beltane Farm is a community of 80 goats (all named and all with their different personalities) that are fed grain and local hay when they aren't grazing through the nearby bushes and thorns. The goats are treated humanely and animal care and health is put above all.
TAYLOR BRIDGE ROAD, LEBANON
This one is a little hard to find on the Internet. Shaw and Abell have been raising cows for only about five or six years. They just moved to a location closer to Beltane Farm where they use those facilities to make cheese of their own. They prefer to stay small for now.
Meadow Stone Farm
199 HARTFORD ROAD, BROOKLYN
Meadow Stone Farm, a multi-generational farm, began with poultry - but the farm has gone through dramatic changes over the years! The end result is now a full functioning cheese plant producing the area’s finest artisanal cheeses.
Bush Meadow Farm
738 BUCKLEY HIGHWAY, UNION
Bush Meadow Farm features “Grade A” bottled goat milk, soft, feta & aged hard cheeses. The farm store, which showcases locally produced products, has eggs, a bakery, and custom-smoked meats.
Sweet Pea Cheese
151 EAST STREET, NORTH GRANBY
Sweet Pea Cheese at the House of Hayes Farm is a small family run dairy farm located in North Granby, CT. We milk 70 Saanen dairy goats and 65 dairy cows. Our product lineup includes pasteurized whole milk products from both our goats and cows.
Adamah Farm at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
116 JOHNSON ROAD, FALLS VILLAGE
At ADAMAH, we grow pickles and people, soil and souls, vegetables and vision. We’re extremely proud of all of our produce.On four acres of beautiful farmland, we grow over 50 kinds of vegetables: tomatoes, squash, greens, garlic, onions, herbs melons and more.
Arethusa Farm & Dairy
822 BANTAM ROAD, BANTAM
Located in the rolling pastures of Litchfield Hills, Arethusa Farm has a proud tradition of raising award-winning purebred Jersey, Holstein and Brown Swiss cows. We pride ourselves on providing the absolute highest level of care for our animals, and creating all-natural, farm-fresh dairy goods.
Mystic Cheese Company
49 CHAPPELL RD, LEBANON
The Mystic Cheese Company is a one-of-a-kind collective comprising highly trained and skilled professionals who blend science, art, and craftsmanship. We perform a singular milking of warm, farm fresh Connecticut milk into our American original "Literary Dairy" series of cheeses.
Photo: Full Heart Farm