Vermont Creamery | A Cheese and Butter Love Story

Vermont Creamery | A Cheese and Butter Love Story

(wind chimes) The business is like having a child. When the business is
young, you nurture it, you’re with it all the time. It’s really an extension of yourself. Like our children, the business grows up and you hope that you have
instilled all the values that they learn and they
carry them forward, about how we are in the world. I want to make sure that we give back, and we leave the world
better for our grandkids than it is today. Vermont Creamery was born in 1984. We were a startup company specializing in the rebirth of the
Vermont cheese industry. We were the first dairy goat operation licensed in the state of Vermont. So the idea of starting the business came from a request from
a chef for a dinner. All the products had to come from Vermont. We started talking about the potential of specialty cheeses at the dinner, and launched our company right there. Chefs, they love their French cheese. They said, if you can make
a product that we like, and it’s as good as what
we can import from France, we’ll buy it from you. I learned to make cheese
as an intern in France. I loved it, so I followed
my passion to Vermont. You know, 30 years ago, Americans didn’t even eat goat cheese. And here Bob and I thought,
with our $1200 each, we would make that happen. So here we are, 33
years into the business, and today people really want to know where the food is coming from. What are the animals eating? How are the employees being treated? What are we doing in our business that contributes to the community? Or we don’t damage the environment, or we’re thinking about the
future, future generations. We’re very, very transparent. And we have key measures that
are important to the creamery. We go over these key measures. How much water we use, how
much trash we’re putting in the landfill, the milk
quality, all the things that are important to Vermont Creamery. (audience claps) Vermont Creamery has
developed over the years it’s own savoir faire. You don’t learn that at school, you don’t learn that in the book. It’s building your
experience and your know how through making those
cheeses day in and day out. And basically mastering
the craft of cheese making. We pride ourselves in producing the highest quality milk possible, which produces the highest
quality cheeses possible. We embrace the notion of
terroir, taste of place. It’s right here, all around us. I think it starts with the soil. Take care of your land,
it’ll take care of you, it’ll take care of your animals. Animal well being and
quality of like is keystone to any dairy operation. They have to be healthy,
they have to be comfortable. We are breeding for an animal with the highest genetic
potential possible. Our youngest generation
is our best generation. Vermont Creamery is a really small piece of a larger movement
to bring food to tables in a responsible way. The future of the
Vermont dairy goat industry is really embedded in the
mission of our company. Vermont Creamery is playing an active role as a leader in reviving the industry. When you eat great cheese like ours, you not only have to have a great recipe, and also a great company. You’ve got to have the talent behind it, that are passionate about
the products you make. And this is what makes
our cheese so great. Not only the milk, the recipe,
but the people behind it. And they are so important to
the success of this company. I can’t thank them enough for the hard work they do every day. We’re making cheese to make us happy. And we’re making cheese
the best that we can, and to be better than
the last cheese we made. That’s, at the end of the
day, what we’re doing. Is we’re really just letting
the milk tell our story. Sorry, I’m getting all teary eyed. It is amazing to me how much pleasure people get from eating our products, in a way that brings people together nutritiously and joyfully. It’s always so welcome to bring cheese and share with other people. The cheese is really our mouthpiece. They have to speak for us. We want people to look to us
as leaders in our community. We have an obligation to
affect people’s lives.

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