A VERMONT TRADITION SINCE 1892

Cheesemaking traditions in the historic Village of Grafton, Vermont date from the 19th century.
The Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company was founded in 1892 by dairy farmers who gathered together in a cooperative to make their surplus raw milk into cheese. In the days before refrigeration, there were many such cooperatives in the rural agricultural communities and an abundance of fresh, creamy milk was turned into a food that could be stored for a longer period of time.

In 1912, a fire destroyed the original factory. Several decades later, the nonprofit Windham Foundation restored the company in the mid 1960s, and a new era for the town was born. Today, quality and taste are the hallmarks of our company’s award-winning cheeses. Our traditions have stayed over the years: we make our cheese by hand using premium raw/unpasteurized milk from small, local family farms.

As a part of the Windham Foundation, we work to promote Vermont’s rural communities; you directly support that mission when you purchase Grafton Village Cheese.

All of our cheeses are being produced at our original Grafton Village facility.