Mar, 20, 2013
ARTISANAL foods technically mean “handcrafted”. But it connotes more than that; preparing food is a love language. It’s about tradition and pride. Artisanal foods negate the speed and commercialism that dominate our diets. They speak to the balance that we crave; family, friends and time gathered around the table to share good food. Augusta’s Pimento Cheese embraces the artisanal aspect of choosing fresh ingredients, and processing them in an “old school” fashion. Grating the world’s best cheddar, minutes before blending with fresh ingredients, puts Augusta’s pimento cheese in a class above all others. Buying from farmers promotes local and regional economy. With this goal of promoting sustainable agriculture, I select produce and dairy products that are simply, “THE BEST”. I am proud to support Cabot's Cooperative Heritage.
So what does it mean to be a co-op? And why are we different?
Being a co-op, we are owned and operated by our members, which for Cabot are our farmers and their families. As a cooperative, we emulate the Rochdale Cooperative Principles. We value community, quality, democracy and local ownership. Our owners serve on school boards and select boards. They are volunteer firefighters, planning commission members and Green-Up Day participants.
Cabot Creamery is a 1,200 farm family dairy cooperative with members in New England and upstate New York. We value our roots as a cooperative ~ and as a way of doing business. Being a co-op, we are owned and operated by our members, which for Cabot are our farmers and their families. As a cooperative, we emulate the Rochdale Cooperative Principles. We value community, quality, democracy and local ownership. Our owners serve on school boards and select boards. They are volunteer firefighters, planning commission members and Green-Up Day participants. As Vermont is a small, intimate state, owners are also involved in making a difference at the state level, promoting our "working landscapes," revitalizing our downtown economies and protecting our environmental resources which make Vermont, Vermont. This is who we are and these are our strengths. Through our principles and actions we support the places where we live and do business. This is what makes us different.
The company began entering its cheddar in national competitions and in 1989 took first place in the cheddar category at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest . Over the years, however, our efforts started attracting the attention (and the taste buds) of some pretty important juries around the world. Today, Cabot cheddar has won every major award for taste. Why taste any other pimento cheese?
World Championship Cheese Contest
Best of Class, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar
Silver Medal, Cabot Private Stock Cheddar
Sustainability & Cabot
At Cabot Creamery, we understand “Sustainability” to be "living within our means and ensuring the means to live.” Our fundamental approach to stewardship and social impact is based on the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic impacts. Our approach is called context-based sustainability. The scope of our sustainability efforts runs from farm-to-fork, but we realize our greatest influence is from the cow to the creamery and from the creamery to our customers. Our cooperative’s typical member/owner is a multi-generational dairy farm family, a trend we endeavor to extend for a long time to come.