When: Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, 2011 10am-4pm FREE
Where: Washington County
Fifth Annual Washington County, New York, Cheese TourTo Be the Biggest East of the Mississippi
10am to 4pm. Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, 2011Free and open to all
New in 2011 – Cycling Option!
From freshly made Chevre to ripened Camembert-style cheeses and aged Cheddar, the fifth annual WashingtonCounty Cheese Tour will delight palates and enthrall cheese lovers of every age. It’s also a terrific way forcurrent and aspiring dairy farmers and value-added producers to get a look at five diverse cheese makingoperations.
On Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, 2011, five creative farmstead cheese makers in WashingtonCounty will open their farms to the public. The only prerequisites are an appetite and an interest in learningabout and tasting award-winning local cheeses.
This self-guided tour brings visitors through lush, rolling hills and bucolic countryside using a special cheeselover’s passport and map. At the five goat, sheep and cow dairy farms along the route, guests will samplespecially selected cheeses, and enjoy farm and cheese room tours, demonstrations, and other activities.
This year the Cheese Tour has added a cycling option! Mid-September is the perfect time to bike on countryroads and enjoy the working landscape of well-preserved farming communities, already famed among cyclistsfor the Tour of the Battenkill. Cyclists will have three expertly mapped routes to choose from, and YouTubevideos and GPS files are posted online to support their rides.
Participating farms – all of which supply the own milk for their cheese-making operations — include 3-CornerField Farm (Shushan, NY), Argyle Cheese Farmer (Argyle, NY), Consider Bardwell Farm (West Pawlet, VT),Longview Farm (Argyle, NY), and Sweet Spring Farm (Argyle, NY).
“The Washington County Cheese Tour is proof that the local cheese scene is only getting better with eachyear that goes by,” said Anne Saxelby, owner of a New York City cheese shop. “There isn’t a better way toconnect customers to the cheese they eat. Meeting the farmers and tasting great cheese made deep connectionsfor all of my customers who love local food. It’s definitely going to become an annual tradition for SaxelbyCheesemongers.”
The tour is organized by The Washington County Cheese Makers to showcase their farms and outstanding products. The self-guided tour is free, and each farm will also have a full selection of its cheeses available forpurchase. Visit www.thecheesetour.com to obtain tour maps, schedule and other information about the tour, aswell as to find out about other activities that weekend and links to area attractions and sponsoring businesses.