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Gift "Meet The Makers" Quarterly Cheese Subscription

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Treat your cheese-lovin’ friend to a flavorful adventure in 2024 with our "Meet the Makers" cheese subscription gift. Delight them with four shipments of exquisite American artisan cheese throughout the year. What sets this gift apart? Alongside each shipment, recipients will enjoy a truly unique experience – an exclusive opportunity to virtually meet award-winning cheesemakers via Zoom, all while enjoying cheese from the maker’s creamery.

Place your order by Thursday, March 7th.  The first box will ship Monday, March 11th.

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GIFT RECIPIENT: INFO REQUIRED

NOTE: This will not spoil their gift! This allows the recipient to receive upcoming order emails, delay their shipment, or update their address - with all gift pricing hidden! See Shipping Schedule tab below for dates.

Gift "Meet The Makers" Quarterly Cheese Subscription

$262.00 Regular price $276.00

Long Description

We've curated a quarterly cheese subscription to delight you all year long with unique and fascinating American artisan cheeses. Each quarter, we'll highlight a different cheesemaker, complete with digital literature on tasting, serving, pairing, and storing your cheeses. You'll also receive a Zoom link with each shipment inviting you to a subscriber-only Meet the Cheesemaker event. It's our mission is to educate while curating delicious cheeses that can last for weeks in your Grotto. You'll always have the perfect selections on hand to share and enjoy with good company.


The quarterly cheese selection fits best in a Grotto Classico or Grotto Fresco.

Downloadable Gift Gard

Need a gift card you can email or print?

We got you! Download this gift card and share with the lucky gift recipient! The size of the card is 5.5 inches by 4.5 inches so it can be formatted on a full-sized printer paper, or can be formatted to print double-sided!

Cheese Styles Included

• Bloomy rind, Washed rind, Natural rind, Waxed rind, Blue, Smoked, Herbed, Spiced, Cow cheese, Sheep cheese, Goat cheese

• The subscription includes two to four cheeses (approximately 1.5 to 2 pounds total, depending on the price of the cheese featured) per shipment. The cheeses shipped are selected at optimal ripeness and best enjoyed within 2 to 3 weeks of delivery.

• One serving of cheese is anywhere from 2 to 4 ounces, depending on your appetite. This package is great for 8 to 16 servings over weeks of enjoyment.

• With each quarterly shipment, you will receive digital literature with information on the cheeses as well as an email invite to a live Zoom session with the cheesemaker. A recording will be emailed if you are not able to attend the live event.

• Please note: due to the limited availability of certain artisan cheeses, our selection for 2023 may be subject to updates.

Four Cheesemakers, Four Shipments

March 11th, 2024: Grey Barn & Farm

Grey Barn & Farm is a small, diversified New England family farm located on Martha's Vineyard. Their cheeses are certified organic, critically acclaimed and exceptionally unique. Founded in 2009 by Eric and Molly Glasgow, Grey Barn is one of the few entirely grassed-based dairies in the country, meaning the cows rely on nutrition provided by the pasture in the summer and dry hay in the winter. Their cows are a blend of hardy Dutch Belted and Normande genetics, providing superior milk for cheesemaking.

July 11th, 2024: Carr Valley Cheese

Owned and operated by the Cook family, Carr Valley Cheese Company is over one-hundred years old. Nestled amongst the rolling hills and lush pastures of central Wisconsin, they remain one of Wisconsin's traditional cheese plants, famous for making cheese the old-fashioned way!

Carr Valley Cheese has won numerous awards over the years and continues to offer delicious and unique Wisconsin Cheeses.

November 18th, 2024: Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese

When Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company was founded in 2000, they already had the most important part. Their dairy farm has always been known for making the freshest, highest quality milk. Their family’s herd of Holsteins were all raised from birth right on the property, giving them complete quality control from start to finish. Their first creamery was, and still is, right next to the milking parlor. In 2018, to fulfill the increasing demand for our award-winning products, they proudly opened a second production facility in the nearby town of Petaluma.

Today Original Blue, their raw milk cheese, continues to be made on the farm in Point Reyes, exclusively from the milk of our own Holsteins. Their pasteurized cheeses, Toma, Bay Blue, Gouda and Quinta, are handcrafted in Petaluma, where they source milk from CA dairies who share in their sustainable farming philosophies and match their highest standards for milk quality.

December 16th, 2024 Shipment: Sweet Grass Dairy

After dairying conventionally for 15 years, Al and Desiree Wehner switched their farming method to an intensive grazing management farming style in 1993. In less than a year, they knew that they had discovered a better way to farm where “cows could be cows” and do what nature intended - eat grass! After a couple of years of Desiree making cheese out of their family kitchen, Sweet Grass Dairy was born in 2000. It was her goal to highlight the delicious, grass-based milk that their cows were producing through a range of handcrafted cheeses. They quickly realized that she needed help, so they invited their daughter, Jessica, and son-in-law, Jeremy Little, to join the family creamery. Al and Desiree believe in giving opportunities, so they were thrilled when Jeremy and Jessica wanted to purchase the cheesemaking part of the business in 2005. The Littles have continued to grow Sweet Grass Dairy over the years by expanding the distribution of their cheeses nationally and opening a restaurant in downtown Thomasville. Jeremy and Jessica have raised 4 boys, received over 30 national and international awards for their cheeses, and remained loyal to the vision of cultivating an inspired American food culture. They have done this by handcrafting the most flavorful and high quality cheeses possible from the milk of healthy, barn-free cows grazing on grass grown year round under the Georgia sun.

March 2024 Cheese Box

Grey Barn & Farm

Cheesemaking is no easy venture – it takes time, practice, and craft to perfect the recipe and technique that goes into creating each unique cheese. Grey Barn produces six cheeses on their farm in Chilmark, Massachusetts using organic milk from cows they raise on the property. The handwork that goes into culturing, aging, cutting, and wrapping each cheese creates a package of irresistible goodness.

The current selection we are featuring from Grey Barn in March 2024 is their washed-rind Prufrock, their Bloomy Rind Eidolon, their stirred-curd cheddar-style Banneker, and their raw milk stilton-inspired Bluebird.

Order By Thursday, March 7th, 2024

The live Zoom session will be on Friday, March 15th at 6pmEST. We will send you a Zoom invite post-purchase.

Your March cheese kit will ship March 11th, and we'll email you an invitation to Meet the Cheesemaker live on Zoom. A recording will be emailed for those who cannot attend.

Meet the Cheesemaker

Photo credit: Molly Glasgow 

Grey Barn & Farm is a small, diversified New England family farm located on Martha's Vineyard. Their cheeses are certified organic, critically acclaimed and exceptionally unique. Founded in 2009 by Eric and Molly Glasgow, Grey Barn is one of the few entirely grassed-based dairies in the country, meaning the cows rely on nutrition provided by the pasture in the summer and dry hay in the winter. Their cows are a blend of hardy Dutch Belted and Normande genetics, providing superior milk for cheesemaking.

Rachel Kleine found their way to the cheesemaking world through an apprenticeship at Green Dirt Farm back in 2012. With a culinary background, a desire to learn traditional artisan trades, and a love of consuming cheese, cheesemaking has been a serendipitous convergence of multiple interests. Over the past 12 years, Rachel has worked across the country at creameries, expanding their knowledge and passion for the work. Currently, Rachel resides on Martha's Vineyard, leading a small team of cheesemakers at The Grey Barn & Farm in crafting award-winning cheeses.

Meet the cheesemaker on Zoom on Friday, March 15th at 6pmEST! An email recording will be sent for those who cannot attend!

How the Subscription Works

• Purchase this Gift Subscription by Thursday, March 7th, 2024. The first ship date is scheduled for Monday, March 11th, 2024.

• After signup, the gift recipient will have immediate access to a subscription portal and can modify the order dates if needed. Just make sure to enter in the recipient's name and address in the form above. You can also email us at info@cheesegrotto.com for assistance modifying your delivery week, and we'll respond within 3 business days.

• You will be billed once for the total subscription package. At the end of the pre-paid period of one year, you will receive an email asking if you would like to extend your subscription.

• The quarterly subscription will be processed 4 times a year, and the order number will be generated in our system the Thursday prior to the week of shipping your order. The initial order placed of the quarterly subscription serves as the first order number.

• This is a one-time purchase that will not automatically renew after the prepaid period.

Shipping Schedule

• Your recurring shipping charge per order is based on your zip code.

• Unless otherwise requested, our Meet the Maker subscription ships on a fixed schedule.  This allows everyone to meet the cheesemaker at the same time while enjoying their cheeses!

1. March 11th, 2024

2. July 15th, 2024

3. November 18th, 2024

4. December 16th, 2024

• Please visit our shipping policy page for additional questions.

Allergies

Please fill in your allergies so we can be sure to sub a cheese if needed.

What Is Artisan Cheese?

According to the American Cheese Society, "artisan or artisanal implies that a cheese is produced primarily by hand, in small batches, with particular attention paid to the tradition of the cheesemaker’s art, and thus using as little mechanization as possible in the production of the cheese."


Over the past decade, the American artisan cheese community has been recognized internationally for its quality and integrity. Small to medium-scale artisan cheesemakers have a core set of values: High-quality milk makes incredible cheese, and high-quality land and animal management makes for incredible milk. In our industrial food system, committing to these core values requires long hours of hard work and strict attention to detail.


Our quarterly subscription directly supports American artisan cheesemakers and the strengthening and diversification of our food system.

The Cheese Grotto is fantastic - it keeps my blocks of cheese fresher for longer periods of time, unwrapped in all their glory.

CK, Cheese Grotto Classico Owner

It really does extend the life of cheese over time. Aside from the functionality, the Cheese Grotto looks great and is easy to maintain.

Allan, Cheese Grotto Fresco Owner

The Cheese Grotto is a must have for anyone who loves cheese. Looks stunning and keeps all of your cheeses in perfect condition.

Michael, Cheese Grotto Mezzo Owner

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Cathy
So worth it!!

Excellent presentation !!! The cheese shipped very nicely!!! Thank you! So worth it!!

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Zach
coolest Xmas present

This is the coolest Xmas present I got that keeps giving and wonderful customer service to boot.

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