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Thistle Hill Farm, LLC
VT Farmstead
Tarentaise Cheese

"There isn't anything like it in this country..."
Giles Schnierle
(Boston Globe - July 9, 2003)
Owner, Great American Cheese Collection

Award Winning
Organic Vermont Cheese



  Kelsey Eichhorn Production 2007:

"What I Do
Has To Be Great"

The story behind the Organic, Farmstead Cheese of Thistle Hill Farm - North Pomfet, Vermont

Martha Stewart:
November, 2009

Thistle Hill Farm Tarentaise featured on Martha Stewart's "Cheeses of Vermont" and November Thanksgiving Magazine!

Learn more at:
Martha Stewart

Download the print story with photos from
Martha Stewart's November 2009 "Living" magazine:

High Resolution (24 MB PDF)
Medium Resolution (879k PDF)
Following Dreams:
May, 2009

IronZeal Films documentary about the the Putnams' dream and success in achieving it!

Learn more at:
IronZeal Films
  Cheese Reporter:
January, 2007

Vermont's Thistle Hill Farm Award-Winning Tarentaise Cheese; Was 'Love At First Sight'
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John and Janine Putnam with Cheese!
Featured on ABC News Money Matters
March 2006 !

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Interview on Vermont Public Radio:
August 1, 2007

- Click here to listen -
(2mb MP3 file)
Story on National Public Radio (NPR):
August 30, 2007

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(Has streaming audio link)

Second Place:

American Cheese Society

Burlington, Vermont 2007
(PDF results...)
  First Place:

American Cheese Society
Portland, Oregon 2006
(PDF results...)
  First Place:

American Cheese Society
Milwauwkee, Wisconsin 2004
(PDF results...)


Second Place:

American Cheese Society
San Francisco, California 2003
(PDF results...)


Third Place:

United States Cheese Competition

 Monroe, Wisconsin

National Awards:

  • 1st American Cheese Society 2004; 2006
  • 2nd American Cheese Society 2003; 2007, 2009, 2010
  • 3rd American Cheese Society 2008, 2011, 2012
  • 3rd United States Championship Cheese Contest 2003
  • Gold, World Jersey Cheese Awards, Jersey, U.K. 2012

National Press:

  • New York Times 2/26/2003
  • New York Times 6/23/2004
  • New York Times 11/11/2006
  • Boston Globe, July 2003
  • Saveur, April 2005
  • Food Arts, June 2005
  • Business Week Online, October 2005
  • ABC News, March 2006
  • Cheese Reporter, January 12, 2007
  • Robb Report, 2007
  • Wine Spectator, 2008
  • Cheese Connoisseur, 2009
  • Culture, 2009
  • Martha Stewart Living, 2009

Regional Press:

  • Rutland Herald 2/8/04
  • Vermont Standard 8/22/02
  • Burlington Free Press 5/30/06
  • Middlebury Alumni Magazine 2006
  • Vermont Law School Alumni Magazine 2004
  • American Institute of Wine & Food 2005
  • Vermont Public Radio 2007
  • Woodstock Magazine 2007
  • VT Public TV 2009
  • Philadelphia Inquirer 2012
  • Wall Street Journal, July 2010


Thistle Hill Farm Tarentaise
is an aged alpine raw milk cheese handmade on the Putnam family farm in North Pomfret, Vermont, from the certified organic milk of their grass-fed Jersey cows. The cheese is made in the tradition of the Tarentaise Valley in the Savoie region of the French Alps. Tarentaise cheese is made with a copper vat using traditional methods reserved for the finest cheeses in the world. This unique cheese is smooth textured, subtly nut-flavored and naturally rinded. It is ideal both for the table and for melting. Thistle Hill Tarentaise cheese is available at fine food stores and can be ordered from the farm directly at www.ThistleHillFarm.com

North Pomfret, Vermont

Thistle Hill Farm LLC
Vermont Farmstead Cheese

Organic Farmstead Alpine Tarentaise
Raw Milk Cheese

  * The design for our logo and label was made by local Vermont artist Cynthia Emerlye.  To see her artwork, click on our logo and/or go to www.EmerlyeArts.com  

Thistle Hill Farm
P.O. Box 255
North Pomfret, VT 05053 U.S.A.
(802) 457-9349


Email Address: info@thistlehillfarm.com