Come discover a world of amazing flavors when you set out along the Berkshire Cheese Trail. Makers throughout the Berkshires, from Williamstown to Great Barrington, Plainfield to Old Chatham – produce exceptional, artisanal, small-batch cheeses, some of which you’ll find nowhere else!
The recent farm-to-table movement that swept the nation has helped to bring great, regional foodmakers to light. More people than ever, now, are eager for locally-sourced ingredients, regional flavors, and sustainable practices. What this translates to is healthier, more delicious foods and unique regional flavors.
The Berkshires are no exception. Independent farms, foodmakers, and local food scenes are flourishing here in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley.
In order to help you discover all the area’s great flavors, Berkshire Farm & Table has mapped out some Berkshire Taste Trails. There’s a Beer & Cider Trail, Charcuterie Trail, and – of course, a Cheese Trail.
Finding and sampling regional cheeses is an easy task when you’re on the Berkshire Cheese Trail! Whether you travel the entire trail, or only stop at a few locations, the Berkshire Cheese Trail will not disappoint!
Cricket Creek Farm
Cricket Creek Farm is a small, grass-based cow dairy producing raw milk, grass-fed beef, whey-fed pork, and 7 different styles of artisanal farmstead cheeses. Maggie’s Round, Maggie’s Reserve, Tobasi, Berkshire Bloom, Town Meeting, Town Hearth, Hillside, and Cricket Creek Fresh. Open 7 days a week, 7am to 7pm – 1255 Oblong Road, Williamstown, MA 01267
Sangha Farm/Goat Rising
Sangha Farm is a small family farm and goat dairy. Their Goat Rising brand goat cheeses include chevre, feta, brie, raw milk aged cheese, and goat cheese truffles. Please contact in advance for a visit: firstname.lastname@example.org – 134 West Hill Road, Plainfield, MA 01070
Nudel Restaurant is an American bistro that collaborates with small local farms and food producers to source the best ingredients. Their cheeses include a house-made ricotta. Open every night at 5pm, last seating at 9:15pm – 37 Church St, Lenox, MA 01240
Harvest Barn Bakery
Gould Farm is dedicated to helping adults with mental challenges to move toward recovery, health, and independence through community living, meaningful work, and clinical care. Gould Farm’s Harvest Barn Bakery offers a variety of farm-fresh products, including a delicious, mild cheddar cheese. Bakery and Cafe: Sat-Sun 9am to 3pm | Self-Service Retail: Wed-Fri 10am to 3pm – 54 Gould Road, Monterey, MA 01245
Rawson Brook Farm
A small, family-run farm happens to be the birthplace of Monterey Chevre. Monterey Chevre is a soft goat cheese, made from the milk of Rawson Brook goats only, and available in original, thyme with olive oil, and chives with garlic varieties. Farm and self-serve store are open to visitors during daylight hours. – 185 New Marlboro Road, Monterey, MA 01245
Hawthorne Valley Farm
Hawthorne Valley Farm was one of the first dairies in the United States to be certified organic. Their creamery produces a variety of hard and soft cheeses, including Cheddar, Raclette, Alpine, Fern Hill and Mayhill. The farm offers public tours by appointment. Farm Store Hours: Daily, 7:30am to 7pm – 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075
Old Chatham Sheepherding Company
Old Chatham Sheepherding Company produced some of the very first American sheep’s milk cheese and yogurt. Their Black Sheep brand cheeses and yogurts have won numerous awards. Varieties include include Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert, Ewe’s Blue, and Kinderhook Creek. Self-serve store open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk – 155 Shaker Museum Road Old Chatham NY 12136
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