About Us

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 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 in the mid 1960s, the nonprofit Windham Foundation restored the company, and a new era for our cheese company and the town was born. Today, quality and taste are the hallmarks of our company’s award-winning cheeses. Our traditions stand: we continue to make our cheese by hand using premium unpasteurized/raw milk from small, local family farms.

We Are Proud to be A Mission Driven Company


As a part of the Windham Foundation, we work to promote Vermont’s rural communities. You directly support that mission when you purchase any Grafton Village Cheese, from our flagship aged cheddars to our newest cave-aged sheep and cow’s milk beauties.