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5% of Sales Donated to Lively Run Dairy's Cheese Donation Project

saving america's dairy industry

We're Joining the Cause for a More Sustainable, Ethical Food System

As a small, New York State business, Cheese Grotto has always maintained a core mission of supporting local and regional agricultural economies.  But we see now more than ever our dairy & cheese industry needs our help.  These dairy businesses who are at risk practice environmental stewardship, humane animal treatment, and the quality food production we so desperately need.

Our current food system is facing numerous critical challenges during the current pandemic, but here's the two we're focusing on currently:

1) The specialty dairy industry has lost on average 75% of its revenue, and American dairy farmers continue to dump milk
2) Millions of people in this country have lost their jobs and can't afford nutritious, quality food

So how do we address these critical issues? This month, we're partnering up with Lively Run Dairy's fundraising initiative.  Currently, Lively Run Dairy is purchasing milk from NY dairy farmers to keep them afloat, making quality, natural cheese with the milk, and then donating that cheese to food banks.  

Pete Messmer, Head Cheesemaker and co-owner of Lively Run Dairy said, “When we started seeing photos sent from our dairy friends and articles being published about farmers having to dump milk, we connected the dots and realized that we could help turn the situation around. I hope that our approach is picked up by other cheesemakers, as well - we’d love to see a movement of dairy being salvaged, and hunger being curtailed around the country.”

You can help us by continuing to order tasty, American cheese & cheeswares through our website or you can donate directly to their fundraiser here.

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If you have purchased cheese hardware from our Grotto collection, it usually takes us 1 to 3 business days to ship your order, unless otherwise listed on the respective product page.

Cheese Orders

As the cheeses are a fresh product, we want to ensure the quickest transit time as possible, so your order arrives in the best possible condition.  Express shipping costs range from $25 - $55 depending on the package size, delivery window, location and carrier. We ship Mondays only each week, and orders must be placed by Thursday the week prior to be included in Monday's shipments.  If you purchased a cheese subscription with a set shipping schedule (Meet the Makers or any Gift Subscription), please refer to the respective product page for the fixed shipping schedule.

Please note: cheese ships from our cheese warehouse and hardware ships from our hardware warehouse. If you are purchasing both hardware and cheese, there will be a shipping charge for the cheese portion of your order.

International Orders

We are sorry, but we aren't legally allowed to ship cheese across the US border!  We can, however, ship our hardware from our Grotto collection worldwide.  Please note that the shipping costs options you see at checkout do not include customs, duties, and taxes which will be billed to you upon reaching the border, and will be an additional expense.  Those costs vary from country to country, but we recommend calculating at an additional 20% charge. If you refuse the package due to these additional fees and the hardware is returned to us, we will be able to issue a refund minus the outbound and return shipping costs.