In 2002 Judy Sabot purchased Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown, a small town tucked into the Northwest corner of Massachusetts. She began with a mission to save it from development and "to produce nourishing food that honors our animals, respects the land, and feeds our community." In doing so she also created a model for sustainable, small farm viability.
Already a dairy farm, a large portion of the land was in Agricultural Protection with stipulations that the land be used as a working farm. Sabot added cheese making to the operation with the goal of producing fine artisinal cheeses. Starting from scratch, she visited several New England cheese makers, participated in the American Cheese Society annual meetings and even took tasting trips to Europe. After careful research Sabot invested in a herd of sturdy and reliable Jersey cows and built a modern cheese making facility. In 2004, the farm's cheese production officially began.
Today the farm and cheese operation continue to grow with the addition of Brown Swiss cows that produce milk rich in fat and high in protein. The farm is grass based which results in healthier cows and a higher quality end product. The milking crew is as large as 20 to 30 people at a time, collecting milk to produce the artisan cheeses. Cricket Creek continually strives to put out a high quality, artisanal product. In addition to cows, the farm is home to sustainably raised pigs, laying hens, and a bakery.
Maggie's Round, a semi-firm raw milk cheese inspired by the Alpine cheese of Switzerland, the flavor is fruity and bright with earthy tones from the rind.
Maggie's Reserve, extra-aged 12 to 16 months, this dense, rich cheese has distinct hints of nutmeg and a lightly sweet caramel flavor.
Tobasi, a raw milk cheese aged between 2 and 4 months has earthy tones of mushrooms and an edible rind.
Berkshire Bloom, inspired by a French Camembert, is a semi-soft, creamy, earthy cheese with a firm center.
Cricket Creek Fresh, similar to a chevre, this soft cheese is made with cow's milk. It has a mildly sweet flavor spreads easily.