The Great Northeast Cheese & Dairy Fest Featured Producer: Consider Bardwell (West Pawlet, VT)

Consider Bardwell Farm is a sustainable, pasture-based dairy farm, making award winning raw cow and goats milk cheeses in a not-too-far corner of Vermont.

They named the farm after Consider Stebbins Bardwell, the oddly named fellow who started Vermont's first dairy coop on the property in 1864. This model was a novel way of bringing neighboring dairy farmers more stable returns by turning the unceasing flow of milk into shelf stable, presumably delicious cheese.

For Consider Bardwell Farm today, sustainability means caring for the land, raising animals well, reducing waste, and helping their community, all in the name of happy animals and people and delicious cheeses. Head cheesemaker, Leslie Goff, has been with the farm since her teens, making an after-school job into a career concocting award-winning cheeses just one town over from where she grew up.

The owners, Angela Miller and Russell Glover, have grown the farm from a city getaway, to a hobby dairy, to a nationally acclaimed creamery. In 2013, Consider Bardwell and partner cow dairy Wayward Goose Farm were granted the Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Award, in recognition of theircommitment to the community, land, and foodways of the region. Consider Bardwell Farm is honored to band together to care for their animals with a commitment to Animal Welfare Approved practices, and a serve as a model for tomorrow's aspiring cheesemakers and farmers.

To sample & purchase Consider Bardwell Farm's award-winning handmade cow and goat cheese please join us at The Great Northeast Cheese & Dairy Fest on December 10th! For event details and to purchase tickets, please visit here.

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