Harman’s Cheese & Country Store — Home of the “World’s Greatest” Cheddar Cheese
We caught up with Brenda Aldrich during the brief window between fall foliage season and the holiday season. While cooler temperatures mean fewer visitors walking through the door of Harman’s Cheese & Country Store in Sugar Hill, NH, the spirit of giving inspires Harman’s shoppers from around the world to order specialty aged cheese plus maple items online and over the phone.
“In the five to six weeks that lead up to New Year’s Day we will ship nearly 9,000 pounds of cheese,” said Aldrich. She and her mother, Maxine Aldrich own the store. They get a jump-start on the season by pre-gift wrapping 100 pints and 100 quarts of maple syrup “just to get ready.” With nearly one ton of cheese rolling out the door every week — in most cases accompanied by maple syrup, maple cream and maple candies — it will be a full-court press from now until 2017.
Located in picturesque Sugar Hill, Harman’s welcomes regional visitors who are taking part in activities including skiing, a spring Lupine Festival, and leaf-peeping; and they also meet travelers on once-in-a-lifetime trips from around the world. People buy maple products for themselves and to share. “Our customers especially love the Fuller’s Maple Candies,” explained Brenda. “The Fuller’s Maple Sugarhouse maple candy is hard to pass up. They make it using light-colored maple syrup so it’s very visually appealing.”
Fuller’s Maple Sugarhouse delivers to Harman’s Cheese & Country Store every Friday; their excellent customer service eases the burden on this owner-operated shop. “They treat me like family,” said Brenda, “Fuller’s Maple Sugarhouse has gone the extra mile for me on several occasions.”
Brenda and Maxine take an active role in community events which helps build a loyal local shopping base. Shoppers who could easily do all their food-shopping at the grocery store will make a point of shopping “hyper-locally” for cheese, maple syrup and other specialty items at Harman’s. Once your family develops a taste for aged, handmade cheese it’s a hard habit to kick, and they also feel loyal to a shop that gives back to local teams and events. Brenda and Maxine are always eager to share samples of new and exciting products, too. As one local shopper said, “They sell only the best; it’s always a ‘hit’ when I serve something from Harman’s.”
Fuller Maple Farm Update
Fuller’s Sugarhouse is making progress on its Fuller Maple Farm project on Route 2 in Jefferson, NH. Now that the new 40×80 ft sugarhouse has been constructed (shown below left), we are working on outfitting the interior, including three 5,800-gallon climate-controlled tanks and an evaporator (shown below right).
Start Planning Your Thanksgiving Menu — with holiday favorites from Fuller’s Sugarhouse
Turkey with cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie — all are standard Thanksgiving Day dishes. This year, add Fuller’s Sugarhouse maple syrup and sugar for added taste and enjoyment. Click on the images below for recipes.
Holiday Season is Almost Here — Shop Early and Avoid the Rush!
Our Best in NH-Best in World, pure maple syrup, sugar, and candy are available at many retail stores throughout New England. Click here for a list. You can also visit our Country Store on 267 Main Street in Lancaster or you can order our products online.