Say Cheese! in Cabot, Vermont

by Cie McCullough Buschle on June 24, 2012

in Food Adventures

Drive through anywhere in Vermont and you will notice two things: there are lots of mountains and there are lots of cows. With such beautiful surroundings, it’s no wonder those cows make some of the World’s Best Cheese.

Cabot Creamery Visitor's Center, Cabot Vermont

Back in 1919 a group of ninety-four farmers got together to start making butter out of their excess milk. In 1930 they started making cheese, and thank goodness for that. Cabot Cheese is one of the best loved cheeses in the Northeast, and if you drive up to the small village of Cabot, Vermont – just 20 or so miles north of the capital of Montpelier – you can see how it’s made in the Cabot Creamery factory tour.

The Cabot Creamery tour is a fun tour for kids and adults alike. Instead of tickets, the cashier hands out little Cabot buttons or cow-spotted silicone wristbands. Free souvenirs! While you wait for the tour to begin, browse the store and sample all the great flavors of Cabot Cheese, some of which are not available locally.

Cabot Creamery Visitor's Center, Cabot Vermont

Among the unique cheddars available here are a few Specialty Aged Cheddars as well as Flavored Cheddars: Chipotle; Garlic & Herb; Horseradish; Tomato Basil; Hot Habanero; Smoky Bacon; Hand-Rubbed Tuscan; and Hot Buffalo Wing. The Smoky Bacon and Hand-Rubbed Tuscan were especially delicious. Also for sampling are some of Cabot’s great dips; all other Cabot products can be purchased.

Lactose intolerant? Not a problem! Aged cheeses, like Cabot Cheddar, are naturally lactose free. Other Cabot Cheeses are lactose free as well, like Monterey Jack and Muenster. What’s more they are also naturally gluten free as well as kosher and Halal certified. Being kosher and Halal certified also means that these delicious cheeses are free of all animal by-products, and are made without any animal rennet. Great for vegetarians!

Cabot Creamery Visitor's Center, Cabot Vermont

But cheese tasting is only part of the Cabot Creamery experience. Take the guided tour and learn not just how cheese is made, but also a lot about Vermont agriculture and Cabot’s Cooperative heritage. Cabot is not just a company, but 1,200 farmers in Vermont and New York owning and operating their creamery with the community around them. Check out what Cabot does for schools and communities.

Go See It!

Cabot Creamery Factory Tour, Cabot Vermont

The Cabot Creamery Visitor’s Center is located 2878 Main Street, Cabot, VT. Tours cost only $2, and under 12 are free, and usually run Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm, plus Sundays during Summer and Early Fall.

If you are more interested in the cheese and not the factory, Try the Cabot Annex Store in Waterbury or the Cabot Quechee Store, both in Vermont, or the Cabot Farmers’ Annex in Portland, Maine.

Disclosure: I received nothing free from Cabot except the samples offered to everyone. As always, my opinions are mine alone. I just really like the cheese, and the company.

Elsewhere in Vermont

Quintessential Vermont: Burger Night at Bread and Butter Farm
Strolling Down Church Street Marketplace: Burlington, Vermont
Have a Blast! at Rock of Ages Granite Quarry, Vermont 

| Cie McCullough Buschle lives with her dog Einstein and a cat named Burton Guster. She is a lifelong traveler and enjoys researching history through holidays, toys, and everyday objects. Cie is a sculptor and co-owns The Creative Chameleon, a place where kids and adults can create, paint, celebrate, and just have a lot of fun. Sometimes you can find her time traveling back to the Middle Ages as part of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Jayne June 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Hey there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I really enjoy reading your posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Appreciate it!
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wandering educators June 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I WANT TO GO!! It looks delicious – and an amazing way to learn about cheese (and history). Thanks for sharing!
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Cie McCullough Buschle July 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

Thanks! We had a lot of fun and everyone was very nice!

Waegook Tom June 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm

You had me at “cheese tour”. I’m so deprived of decent dairy here in Korea that I almost ate the screen. Vermont, you’re looking like a mighty fine candidate for my places-to-visit-in-the-US-next-year list.
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Cie McCullough Buschle July 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

Check out the other places I have highlighted in Vermont! (More to come)

Gail July 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

Thanks so much for visiting the home of some of the “World’s Best Cheddar.” Our farm family owners really appreciate your great comments! ~Gail

Cie McCullough Buschle July 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

Thanks Gail! Please let them all know about the article. We really appreciate their cheese!

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