From glorious goudas to marvelous mozzarellas and charming cheddars, these 13 PA cheese and dairy shops will have you mooing for more!
1. Caputo Brothers Creamery
Spreading their love of cheese throughout York County and beyond, Caputo Brothers Creamery is the country's premier producer of traditional, handcrafted, naturally fermented mozzarella cheese! Ditching their Fortune 500 careers, the husband-wife team of David and Rynn Caputo honed their craft in Italy. Attend one of their virtual cheesemaking classes and begin making cheese like a true Italian or shop their large collection of cheeses including vecchio, provola riserva, fresh ricotta, and Troegenator Beer Cheese or, better yet, one of their cheese samplers.
2. The Creamery at Pleasant Lane Farms
This seventh-generation dairy farm is a must-visit for any cheese lover. The Creamery at Pleasant Lane Farms produces artisan farmstead cheese using the milk from their very own herd of dairy cows. Taco cheese curds, Buffalo ranch cheese spread, and chocolate-covered quark are some of their specialties, but you can never go wrong with a block of their original cheddar or gouda!
3. Moo Echo Dairy
Look no further than Moo Echo Dairy for fresh, pure dairy products. Their award-winning cheese, milk, and ice cream will take your breath away, all thanks to their happy, healthy, hormone-free cows that are the backbone of their operation. Be sure to grab some cheddar, mozzarella, brie, and gouda for your classic cheese board.
4. Whoa Nellie Dairy and Farm Store
A family tradition since the 1700s, the 500-acre Whoa Nellie Dairy farm is best known for their “creamline” milk bottled on the farm. Be sure to try their chocolate and strawberry milks before going to their farm store where you can purchase locally made honey, farm fresh eggs, local maple syrup, farm-raised pork, and Black Angus beef. Don’t forget the cheese! From Van Grouw curds to block cheese in flavors including yellow cheddar, gouda, smokey bacon jalapeño, olives & herb, bruschetta, garlic parsley, onion & chives, horseradish, and Tuscan — so many options for your charcuterie board!
5. September Farm Cheese
The picturesque September Farm Cheese dairy farm on the eastern edge of Lancaster County is the pride and joy of founder Dave Rotelle. Using only the highest quality milk, he crafts a wide variety of cheeses, including hand-waxed cheddar cheese aged anywhere from six months to six years. From Joy’s Tomato Basil Jack to Robertson’s Select Cheddar to a variety of yogurt cheese, September Farm Cheese offers delicious products with a personal touch. The Food Network’s “Will Work for Food” show featured Dave giving a cheese making lesson!
6. Di Bruno Bros.
Di Bruno Bros. is the first name in cheese in the City of Brotherly Love. The family run business ranges from the deliciously crammed 9th Street Italian Market shop, to the expansive Rittenhouse location with multiple other shops across the city. As much as they love producing their gourmet cheeses including Colston Basset Stilton Cheese, Marieke’s Truffle Gouda, Wrangeback, and Reading Raclette, they love to teach about it as well through in-person and virtual classes.
7. Titusville Dairy Products Company
Titusville Dairy Products Company (TDP) is 95 years young and a staple of PA’s Oil Region. Known for their delicious yogurt, cottage cheese, and cream cheese, TDP also supplies ice cream mix to shops around the western Pennsylvania. All their products are certified kosher and crafted to provide the most delicious taste possible. Be sure to grab their best-selling cottage cheese for your next charcuterie board!
8. The Cheese House
Every cheese lover simply must make a pilgrimage to The Cheese House for its selection of more than 100 types of domestic and imported cheese. Sharp cheese, swiss, baby swiss, smoked swiss, and colby can all be found, as well as dozens of unique flavors such as bruschetta jack, blueberry cheddar, ghost pepper, and Mediterranean Sunset Cheddar. They also offer products ranging from foods from around the world, puzzles, gifts, pickled goods, jams and jellies, and beef jerkies.
9. Pennsylvania Macaroni Company
No visit to the Strip District is complete without a stop at the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company's cheese counter! This family-owned store is a true hotspot for gourmet cheese and authentic Italian food. Shop their most popular cheeses including pecorino-romano, Beemster Extra Aged-Welsh, and Cheddar-Alta Badia-Danish Blue. With more than 5,000 specialty products from which to choose, your charcuterie board will be the talk of the town!
10. The Grand Fromage
Another “must-visit” for cheese aficionados, The Grand Fromage offers a wide selection of cheeses from around the area and around the world. With over 100 cheeses from the Americas and Europe, you’ll be sure to create a charcuterie board that satisfies all taste buds! Can’t decide on where to start on their cheese menu? Danablu, Mimolette extra-vieille, Saint Angel, and P’tit Basque are among their featured selections.
11. Town Clock Cheese Shoppe
Town Clock Cheese Shoppe is one of Lancaster County’s most-loved hidden gems. Their cheese selection is vast — with counters brimming with local, domestic, and imported options. From softer varieties such as fresh mozzarella and burrata to hard cheeses including colby jack and cheddar, owner and “fromager” extraordinaire, Bill Houder, is always willing to impart his vast knowledge of the world’s cheeses — honed from more than 80 years of his family’s cheese-loving heritage, providing you with suggestions gleaned from your cheese preferences.
12. The Cheese Company
Established in 1976, The Cheese Company offers not only a wide variety of scrumptious, high-quality cheeses but delicious specialty sandwiches. With a selection of more than 50 hard and soft cheeses from throughout the world, owner Sohelia Sobhani provides every customer with the perfect options for their charcuterie boards. Try their Cashel Blue, made from pasteurized cow's milky that features a sweet, milky, and pleasantly acidic flavor, or a classic option such as their aged provolone.
13. The Cheese Store & More
The Cheese Store & More is one of Hazleton’s small hidden gems. Known for their premium cheese selection, friendly staff, and reasonable prices, this store is a town favorite and go-to place for every cheese need. In addition to cheddar, natural cranberry muenster cheese, and gorgonzola, Cheese Store & More lives up to its name, serving deli meats, homemade pastas including ravioli and pierogis, antipasto platters, hoagies, and desserts!
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