Vermont may steal most of the attention on the New England cheese scene, but New Hampshire residents know that there’s plenty of delicious dairy being produced right here in the Granite State. Next time you find yourself near one of these delicious creameries, be sure to stop in to visit and try some samples – and keep an eye out for their products in your local farmers markets and stores!
1. Hickory Nut Farm, Lee
Hickory Nut Farm is a small family run operation that produces and sells several types of delicious goat cheese in addition to soap and goat milk fudge. They sell their products online and at several farmers markets, as well as on the farm itself. Stop by to pick up some cheese and meet the goats - just be sure to call ahead. They're located at 21 York Lane, Lee, NH 03861.
2. Agape Homestead Farm, Center Ossipee
This family-owned operation produces goat milk and cheese, and also sells naturally-raised meat, baked goods, jams, and jellies. Their products are sold to a number of stores in the area, and you can stop by any day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to pick up products from their farmstand. Stop by at 40 Rt. 16 B, Center Ossipee, NH 03814.
3. Boggy Meadow Farm, Walpole
Boggy Meadow Farm has been in the same family since the 17th century. It's been a dairy farm for many years, but has more recently started making farmstead cheeses that have earned acclaim. They also produce a special cider vodka that you'll definitely want to try! Visit them at 13 Boggy Meadow Lane Walpole, New Hampshire 03608.
4. Brookford Farm, Canterbury
Brookford Farm is a relatively new operation that's already made a big splash. They sell cheese, cultured dairy products, and raw milk, in addition to meat, eggs, and organic vegetables. Their products are sold in a number of New England retail stores, as well as through farmers markets and on site. Visit their farm store at 250 West Rd. Canterbury, NH.
5. Heart Song Farm, Gilmanton Iron Works
Heart Song Farm produces a number of quality goat cheeses, including Camembert, mold-ripened cheese, and smoked cheese. Keep an eye out for them at farmer's markets and local restaurants! Please call ahead before visiting the farm at 70 Tibbetts Road, Gilmanton, N.H. 03837.
6. Country Critters Farm, South Stoddard
Country Critters Farm is a small operation producing both goat and cow cheese, in particular the soft, spreadable Robiola style. They also offer rabbit and goat meet. Pay them a visit at 74 Route 123 South Stoddard, New Hampshire.
7. Landaff Creamery, Landaff
Landaff Creamery, owned by the same family that owns Springvale Farms next door, and uses the farm's milk to make cheese. It specializes in Landaff, a traditional Welsh cheese. Aging and distribution is handled by the Cellars at Jasper Hill in Vermont - keep an eye out for the cheese at local retail locations or order online. They are located at 460 Mill Brook Rd., Landaff, NH 03585.
8. Robie Farm, Piermont
Robie Farm is a sixth-generation family farm that makes a number of aged cheeses using milk from their dairy herd. They also sell meat and raw milk. You can find their products in local stores and restaurants, and purchase them at their farm store. Stop by the farm for a visit at 25 Route 10, Piermont, NH.
9. Sandwich Creamery, Sandwich
This Lakes Region creamery serves up a number of cow's milk farmstead cheeses, and is the only producer of cheddar in New Hampshire. Visitors also rave about their ice cream. See for yourself on Hannah Road, Sandwich, NH, 03259.
10. Taylor Brothers Sugarhouse & Creamery,
Taylor Brothers Sugarhouse & Creamery is a fourth-generation family operation that sells maple syrup, milk, and three varieties of cheese. Call before visiting the farm, and keep an eye on their Facebook page for special events and cheese sampling opportunities. They're located at 166 Main Street, Meriden, NH 03770.
Whether you’re a goat cheese lover or a cheddar connoisseur, New Hampshire’s dairies make cheeses you’re sure to want to sample. Get out some grapes and crackers – you’re in for some serious tasting!