Barn First Creamery

Westfield, VT

Barn First Creamery specializes in goat cheeses that aren't typically made from goat's milk. Founded in 2013 by Merlin Backus and Rebecca Velazquez after leaving NYC and settling into Westfield, Vermont, they built their own barn and began their dairy business with a herd of around thirty milking goats. All cheeses are made exclusively with milk from their goats, and are named after women in their family—particularly those who didn't pass surnames on to their children.