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The State of New York Cheese

September 13, 2011

Photo courtesy of the New York Cheese Manufacturers' Association

Ever since I started writing about NY Cheese for the NYCR, my interest in cheese culture from region to region has grown. How does the cheese made in NY differ from that made in VT, WI, CA, etc…  Is there a difference?  I think so.  Wisconsin is generally regarded as this nation’s “Dairy State”.  Vermont is considered by many as the ‘Napa Valley of Cheese”.  Where does New York fit into this?  As I became more entrenched in the cheese scene and culture here, more and more questions cropped up as I investigated.

“Change is difficult.  If it were easy, then everyone and everything would be perfect…”  I have heard these words (or some variation) many times throughout my life as I am sure that many of you have as well.   Making changes is a way of life for us as we strive to learn, grow, and succeed.  Now you are probably asking yourself why the Cheese Editor is waxing philosophical at the top of a post but I assure you; this speaks directly to the state of New York cheese.

For years, New York has been one of the top 5 producers of milk in this country.   Beautiful grass makes for happy cows and plenty of good milk.  Dairy farming and industrial cheese has historically been a major factor for the NY dairy-farming industry.  Years ago, this was the way of life upstate.  Dairy farms produced milk and sold it to large milk buying cities such as Manhattan.  Farming was a way of life by which the men and women working could provide for their families and live out a hard-working, yet comfortable life.

You can read the rest of my post for the NYCR here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Leena permalink
    September 29, 2011 2:40 am

    Cheese is difficult, but cheese is delicious too. I love cheese, all kinds, mostly.

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