Cheese is definitely top of mind this week as we look forward to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. This is the first year Must Be The Milk is participating in the Festival, and we couldn’t be more excited! The Festival recently earned a coveted spot on Fodor’s annual Top 10 Summer Food Festivals and offers a chance for guests to meet 40 award-winning cheesemakers and enjoy offerings from local wineries, breweries, distilleries, and artisan food producers. Must Be The Milk is also offering an early morning dairy farm tour prior to the start of the Festival this year. (If you would like to join us, please share a comment at the end of the post!) The best part of the Festival is the opportunity to meet the hard-working people who make cheese. We got a preview when we went to Enosburg Falls, Vermont to meet the owners of Boston Post Dairy. You can meet them at the Festival, but here’s a sneak peek!
The Boston Post Dairy in Enosburg Falls, Vermont
The Boston Post Dairy is owned and operated by Robert and Gisele Gervais and their four daughters Anne, Theresa, Susan, and Annette. Upon purchasing the Boston Post Dairy, the family added a cheese-making facility and a small retail store where they sell cheese, maple syrup, and bakery items made onsite. The cheese-making facility includes viewing windows to allow visitors to watch the cheese making process.
One of Boston Post Dairy’s caves, where they age their cheeses
After our tour of the facility, we were lucky enough to enjoy a cheese tasting. What a delicious opportunity! It is no wonder Boston Post Dairy has taken home several awards from the American Cheese Society!
Hill Dilly Cheese, layered and finished with dill, ages onsite at the Boston Post Dairy
The four sisters who own Boston Post Dairy
Although Boston Post Dairy officially opened in 2007, the dairy business is in the genes of its owners. The owners of Boston Post Dairy grew up on a dairy farm. The Gervais family owns a large farm property in Enosburg Falls, Vermont. Robert and Gisele Gervais, along with their family of 15 children, have been farming since 1962.
Robert and Gisele Gervais and their sons operate Gervais Family Farm, where the owners of Boston Post Dairy grew up
Want to learn more about the owners of Boston Post Dairy and their delicious cheese? Per the owners of Boston Post Dairy, look for the cheeses below at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival!
GISELE (named after our Mom!)
Aged 3 months, flavor intensifies as it ages.
Swiss style finished with a Spiced Apple Cider wash. Melts well.
Pairs well with Sparkling wines, Merlot, Pears, grapes
Bon Père (named for our Dad! French for Good Father)
Aged 3-5 months, flavor intensifies as it ages. Creamy, mild, melts very well.
Pairs well with Pale Ales, Smoky Beer, & sweet berries
St. Vincent (patron Saint of wine)
Hard cheese, aged 3 –6 months, flavor intensifies as it ages.
Wine washed rind. Leans toward a sharp cheese
Hill Dilly looks good enough to eat!
Want to join us for an early morning dairy farm tour near Shelburne, Vermont on Sunday, July 20th? Let us know by leaving a comment.