Here in Vermont, we love our cheeses, from the mildest cheddars to the throat-puckering sharps. Chedda is betta in our state! It’s a point of pride, too.

The most recognizable brand hailing from our locale is Cabot. This farmer-owned cooperative makes, serves and educates on countless cheese varietals, yogurts, butters and creams, both sour and whipped.

The Cabot Visitors Center (and Tour) are a not-to-be-missed activity if you are visiting Vermont; actually, anyone should stop by to sample some of Cabot’s new dairy products, or, let’s be honest, it’s a random Tuesday and you are hungry for cheese.

At the Center in Cabot, where it all began in 1919, you and other visitors can enjoy a factory tour, watch cheese makers and enjoy samples. You’ll learn about cheese making, Cabot’s history, agriculture and more. The Cabot area is truly a scenic and wonderful place to visit and live, so although it might be a trek to get out there… it’s well worth the drive.

The tour is $2 for adults (children under 12 are free). It’s suggested to call ahead to confirm that cheese making is taking place before you visit. The Center is located at 2878 Main Street, and is open six days a week or daily based on the season, until at least 4 p.m.

If you want to stay closer to the Stowe area, the Cabot Annex Store is a good choice too! It’s on Route 100 in Waterbury Center, right between two of our other favorite Vermont stops, Ben & Jerry’s and the Cold Hollow Cider Mill.

At the Annex Store you can browse, shop – and yes! – sample Cabot’s cheeses and Vermont specialty foods. Vermont-made crafts, microbrews, wines, chocolates, coffee and more are available for purchase.

For more information, visit Cabot’s website, where they have a large selection of recipes, photography (say “cheese!”), Top Ten Cheddar Facts and other dairy-related reference materials.

For a Cabot real estate agent who knows the area and wants to know you and what you are looking for, reach out to us at William Raveis Stowe Realty today.