Cheese

Welcome to the Equal Exchange Small Farmers Cheese Program

Now it's possible for you and your community to enjoy delicious artisan cheese while supporting small-scale dairy farmers. Equal Exchange is excited to announce that we're entering the world of domestic fair trade by partnering with farmers who use humane and sustainable practices to produce cheese of exceptional quality.

We're proud to stand with Neighborly Farms of Vermont and Red Barn Farms of Wisconsin, two groups that have created a culture of cooperation and innovation to bring people together. You can be a part of their work!

Cheese is perishable and challenging to ship, so we're selling it by the case, with a two-case minimum — that means you'll have plenty to share with neighbors, friends and officemates. But you'll probably want to taste it before you commit! On a one-time only basis, we're offering a Cheese Starter Box at an exciting low price.

Why Cheese?

We've decided to enter the cheese market because of a crisis in the U.S. dairy industry that's grown to epidemic proportions. Family dairy farmers are being forced out as corporate consolidation and technology push the price they receive for milk below the cost of production.

What are the challenges for modern American dairy farmers? Jim Goodman ran a small-scale organic farm in Wisconsin until he sold his herd in the summer of 2018. He wrote about the trends that drove him out of the business.

Read Jim Goodman's article here >>

Cow standing in front of a barn

The Cheese Starter Box

Before you purchase cases of cheese you probably want to taste some of them.

We'd like to offer you a chance to sample four different kinds of artisan cheeses. The Cheese Starter Box is available at an exciting low price — just $20, including shipping and is available only once per group.

To order your Cheese Starter Box, call Susan at 774-776-7418.

How to Place A Cheese Order

Ready for more cheese? The minimum order is two cases — you can choose two cases from the same farm, or one from each. Note that there are 12 blocks per case for Neighborly Farms and 16 blocks per case for Red Barn. Call Susan at 774-776-7418 to order.

All orders winter or summer will be shipped with a cooler pack. Boxes of cheese must be received and refrigerated within 24 hours. Cheese will be shipped via UPS. Susan will provide a shipping estimate, so you can anticipate when your cheese will arrive. Plan ahead by designating a person who will be responsible for receiving and refrigerating the cheese.





Available Cheeses and Price List

From Neighborly Farms

Organic Raw Milk Mild Cheddar
Typically aged at least 60 days with a complex flavor due to the goodness of raw milk.

  • Item # 66001
  • 12 pieces, approx. 7 oz. each
  • $72.00/case

Organic Extra Sharp Cheddar
Aged for at least 18 months, has a nutty flavor with a little bit of a tang.

  • Item # 66003
  • 12 pieces, approx. 7 oz. each
  • $81.00/case
Neighborly farms cheese

From Red Barn Farms

Heritage 1 Year Cheddar
Aged for at least 1 year, a white cheddar that is sweet, nutty, and earthy.

  • Item # 66021
  • 16 pieces, approx. 6 oz. each
  • $64.00/case

Weis Clothbound Cheddar
Aged for at least 1 year, an award-winning cheddar crafted in the most traditional style: wrapped in cloth and then hand-dipped in wax. Rich and creamy.

  • Item # 66023
  • 16 pieces, approx. 6 oz. each
  • $72.00/case
Red Barn Farm Cheeses

Our Partners

In order to remain profitable, some family farms are turning their high-quality milk into artisan cheese. But because they are small businesses, they've struggled to access markets. That's where we come in!

Equal Exchange has initiated partnerships with small-scale dairy farmers in Vermont and Wisconsin (with other partnerships on the way!) These partners share a commitment to animal welfare, to ecologically responsible practices, and to the maintenance of rural communities. If they hire workers outside the immediate family, they treat those workers respectfully and pay them fairly.

Red Barn of Wisconsin

Red Barn is a network of 10 small family farms in Wisconsin. The network was started by a veterinarian, so there's a special emphasis on treating the animals humanely and giving high priority to their health. Each Red Barn farm has 75 or fewer dairy cows, a scale that allows each farming family to care for a herd with minimal outside labor, and treat each cow as an individual!

Read more about Red Barn


Pictured: Mark, Matthew and Caleb Beyer from Red Barn, the 4th, 5th and 6th generations to live on the farm that has been in their family since 1874.

Beyer family from Red Barn

Neighborly Farms of Vermont

Neighborly Farms is a third generation farm owned by the Dimmick family. It's an organic small-scale dairy with an on-site creamery. The sixty-head herd lives in an open barn, with access to pasture, and the milking is done by a high-tech robot. A few times a day — on their own! — each cow enters the stall, gets some food, gets cleaned, and is automatically milked.

Read more about Neighborly Farms


Pictured: Life on the farm with Bobby, Brooke, and baby Emily.

Bobby, Brooke, and baby Emily