Category Archives: Cheese

Livewater Dairy uses 100% grass-fed cow’s milk to produce cheese. Products include fresh and smoked mozzarella, raw milk tomme – aged for at least 60 days, burrata, and scamorza. All production is located right on the farm

[caption id="attachment_117" align="alignnone" width="300"]Cheese Various Cheese Products[/caption]

Back to the Fresh

What better use for the fresh tomatoes than homemade sauce? With fresh basil, garlic, and oregano from the gardens


As of late, the tomatoes have been going towards this cause. This great investment because it’s easy. Just chop everything up, then throw it in a pot!


🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲


Back to the fresh! You already know..


Signature “marinated mozzarella” seen below. Fresh mozzarella in olive oil with black and red pepper, basil, oregano, thyme, and garlic spices from the gardens…


🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲

At West River…

West River

Livewater Fresh


The tomatoes are ripe and fresher than ever as we continue along through Summer. They’re high tunnel sheltered (seen above) to ensure protection for harvest. We grow table-top tomatoes, and “rose tomatoes” – a member of the heirloom family, comparable to the brandy-wine class

The stairway and high tunnel entrance (seen below) we use for daily travel…


🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲


Table-tops up close…


Behind this next bunch of table-tops, we can see rose tomatoes


Rose tomatoes are named after their color and surface texture. Like all heirloom varieties, they’re much larger and less acidic than table-tops


🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲


Moving right along to fresh basil, a great compliment


🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲


And fresh mozzarella, made with our 100% grass fed cows milk


🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲


Try the fresh for yourself at the farm stand. And be sure to come see us about the fresh at the Brattleboro and West River farmers markets every Saturday, and the Putney market every Sunday – all summer long!

🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲


🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲

Producer of the Month


July 2016 is publicity month for Livewater Dairy at the Brattleboro Food Co-op – Brookside Plaza, 2 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Be sure to stop in and get the cheese at reduced sale prices this week! The uptick in recent exposure has kept us very busy as we have been working overtime to match expectation. Featured cheese products include fresh mozzarella (seen above), and this most recent wheel of raw milk tomme (below) that has been summoned from the depths of our cheese cave. Both on sale at the Bratt Co-op all week long! The link at the bottom provides information about our rise to fame as producer of the month.


Livewater Dairy- producer of the month!



Raw Milk Tomme

With each passing week, we here at Livewater Farm & Dairy get to experience the first cut of yet another new wheel of aged cheese. This breaking of rind brings about an excitement which is  often met with a satisfaction or even pleasant surprise.  As the cheese maker gains experience, the wheels age to maturity ad the conditions are continually being refined and re-tuned, cutting in to each wheel is a new and exciting learning experience, and it only gets better as we go along.


An cut wheel of Raw Milk Tomme #1 ready for markets.
This 20 lb wheel was aged approximately 160 days and really embodies the flavor and texture in a cheese we strive for; semi-firm creamy and blooming with rich, natural earthy flavors from our 100% grass fed cows milk.

The most recent of our explorations into the cave brought us this small wheel of tomme # 10. Aged about 96 days this younger wheel provides a youthful less blended array of flavors, with defined earthy tones.

As our cheese making adventure continues we will further refine and isolate those characteristics of the cheese we wish to purvey, this involves defining a size, constant conditions and defined term of aging. However experimentation is always important so make sure to join us at the farm or farmers markets each week to keep your pallet up to date with the Livewater Raw Milk Tomme.

Where’s the cheese?

Pieces of cheese stand at attention, ready for delivery.
Raw milk Tomme, Scamorza, Burrata, Smoked Mozzarella
and Fresh Mozz.

Good News Everyone! Livewater Dairy’s cheese are now currently available in three new locations. In addition for finding our products at the Brattleboro Food co-op, the Putney Food co-op, The Grafton Cheese Factory and of course at Livewater Farm itself, you can get your local offerings at the Putney General Store, The Saxtons River Market and the Walpole Grocery. Furthermore my cheeses have also used by local restaurants including The Gleanery in Putney,  Rigani Pizza in Brattleboro and the Valley Cafe in Bellows Falls. Whether you’re a looking to  try a new local product, or you’re  looking for where to find our products stop in at anyone of the locations mentioned and ask about us. If you’re feeling really adventurous feel free to drive out to Livewater Farm in westminster west Vt and visit the up and coming Livewater Farm-Stand.
Using a ‘Cheese Trier’ to sample the core of the wheel
and test for maturity.

A word on maturity

A rare gathering of the wheels while the aging
cooler was swiftly reorganized.

Maturity can be a matter of age, a cultural definition, a social standing, a level of experience etc. When it comes to Livewater Raw Milk Tomme it can be a matter of taste.
Traditionally a Tomme style cheese will age 4 to 6 months to achieve peak flavor and texture. In Vermont an Raw Milk Cheese must be aged 60 days minimum before sale. So even though it may be young after two months we opened one up anyway…

image12 (1)IMG_3574

This initial wheel of cheese, though young was already rich with flavor and aroma of Livewater farm and had a creamy moist texture. It was enjoyed.

Although on the young side the cheese was very eatable,  it only excited my anticipation for what a few more months may do to its development.

Livewater Dairy Tomme

The wheels of Livewater Tomme are aging nicely in the cooler. Although the cheese is cleared for retail after 60 days,  we all know  that ‘legal’ doesn’t always mean ‘mature’. These fellas will spend 5 to 8 months in the  controlled aging environment before they reach peak quality in flavor and texture.

Small wheels of Tomme cheese (8″) aging in the climate controlled cooler.

Three wheels of Livewater Tomme #3. Hopefully ready for eating by June.

Livewater Dairy Products

Currently available at Livewater Farm:

  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Italian (cultured) Mozzarella
  • Fresh Burrata
  • Scamorza
  • Contandino Formaggio (Farmers Cheese)
  • Smoked Mozzarella
  • Sweet Cream Butter

Currently Available at the Putney Co-op:

  • Sweet Cream Butter

Currently Available at the Brattleboro Co-op:

  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Fresh Burrata
  • Scamorza
  • Sweet Cream Butter

Currently Available at The Grafton Cheese Factory:

  • Scamorza