The New York State Farmstead & Artisan Cheese Makers Guild, Inc., was organized in 2003 to foster a strong and vibrant farmstead cheese making sector in the state, and to support its growth. The Guild was incorporated in 2007. Our goals include:
We see our Guild as not only a kind of support group for cheesemakers – who often have technical questions about the cheese making process – but also as a face to the rest of the world: here we can come together across the miles that separate our NY farms and share our pride in our products.
Please visit the Guild web site for expanded cheese maker profiles, state map locating NY cheese makers, news, opportunities, and other connections with instructors, suppliers of equipment, and related organizations of interest.
We welcome your support – at farmers’ markets around the state,at retail outlets, and as cheese lovers who join the Guild as Friends.
From the farmlands of the Southern Tier to the pastures of the Hudson Valley and the high peaks of the Adirondacks, a growing number of highly skilled New York State Cheese Makers are creating quality, artisanal cheeses. These talented individuals have rediscovered what many believed was a lost art in the United States. Through intensive study and a strong dedication to the art of cheese making, the New York State cheese makers are bringing handcrafted, distinctive cheeses to market for consumers to enjoy.
You can support artisanal cheese making in New York by purchasing these extraordinary cheeses directly from the farms, at farmers' markets or at retailers, or by becoming a member of the Farmstead and Artisan Cheese Makers Guild. Whether you are a cheese maker, a cheese lover, or are in a related business, we welcome your participation. For more information, contact us.
Our downloadable brochure containing the cheese maker list includes a MAP locating each cheese maker.