Butternut is produced at Willow Hill Farm - a small diversified farm in Vermont, run by husband-wife team Willow Smart and David Phinney. All the cheeses made at their farm are ripened in small underground caves on the property.
Butternut is a Alpine style cheese made from organic raw Brown Swiss cow's milk. This cave-aged semi-firm cheese, as the name suggests, is predominantly both buttery and nutty. Aged at least 6 months, it is hard enough to be sliced on a cheeseboard but soft and creamy enough to melt.
This cheese has won many awards, including bronze medal at the World Cheese Awards Ireland, 2008, 2010 and gold medal at 2011 World Cheese Awards.
Other American cheeses: