Spring Cheeses

Creamy and sweet. Spicy and firm. Earthy, fruity or sharp.

How do you say cheese? At our Cheese Shop, find a wide selection of artisan cheeses, including many that are handmade in New England.

This spring, stop by to select an array of local cheeses for a festive and personalized cheese board.

When creating a cheese board, think about a mix of flavors and textures. Try cheeses from different categories – soft or firm, goat’s milk or cow’s milk, sweet or spicy – and make a board with your favorites.

The goat cheese from Vermont Creamery is made with fresh goats’ milk from family farms that is turned naturally into curds overnight, drained and then shaped into logs. Or from Maine, try the Seal Cove farm chevre, crafted in the farmstead tradition, using only the high-quality milk produced from goats living on their farm.

For something pungent, select a blue cheese, such as the raw milk blue cheese handmade in the turn-of-the-century barn at Great Hill Creamery in Marlon, Mass. Unlike many blue cheese varieties, the milk is not homogenized, which means the cheese is especially smooth and fully flavored. The curd is a bit more dense and yellow than most blue cheeses because there is no bleach or food coloring added.

Go sharp with Cabot’s classic sharp cheddar, with its slight sweetness complemented by a rich, buttery tang. Or choose a cheddar from Shelburne Farms or Grafton Village, also in Vermont.
For a less traditional addition and some saltiness, add a small bowl of Salty Sea Feta from Narragansett Creamery, crafted from whole milk and sea salt. Or select a firm and flaky Maple Sriracha WindsorDale from Vermont Farmstead, hot and tangy with a touch of sweetness. It’s also a great topper for grilled chicken!

For crackers, try light and crispy Brothers Marketplace Oil and Sea Salt Crackers or gluten-free Onesto Crackers. Include our own Brothers Marketplace charcuterie meats made by New England Charcuterie and smoked salmon and bluefish plates from Boston Smoked Fish. And add a sweet spread from Dove & Figs, in Evil Apple or Chocolate Fig Sunshine, and dried fruit from Woodstock in Providence, RI.

Pairing with a specific wine or beer, or entertaining a guest with particular taste? Our cheese shop associates are happy to help. Ask us! We know!