Palmyra Farm LLC and Palmyra Farm Cheese LLC are owned an operated by the Shank and Creek Families. We are located in rural Washinton County Maryland near Hagerstown and not far from the Antietam Battlefield and centuries of history that has built our nation. The farm is operated by the third and fourth generations of the family and now the young fifth generation is eager to join them. Our dairy herd is a beautiful heritage breed, Ayrshires, known for their unique milk qualities that yield a smooth creamy somewhat sweet tasting cheese. Twice each day the family milks and cares for the 75 cows that call the farm their home and feed them a totally balanced diet made from feeds raised on the farm to optimize their health and development.
Only whole milk produced by our cows is used to make our 100% pure pasteurized cheese. Our cows have won many awards for the quantities and quality of milk they produce from local to national organizations. Palmyra Farm Cheeses are uniquely flavored Cheddars produced from our award winning Ayrshires. Our artisan Cheddar captures the exclusive flavors and texture of the wholesome fresh milk provided by our distinctive award winning cows. The milk from our Ayrshires has a smooth texture and light consistency with a refreshingly appetizing taste and flavor that transmits directly to our line of chesses. We age all of the cheese a minimum of ninety days but most is over nine months old before it is offered to consumers. Recently we have begun partnerships with local wineries and breweries to offer truly locally flavored products such as our Cushwa Stout Cheddar. Delicious on their own or combined in recipes, we are confident our Palmyra Farm Cheese will please your palate.
We package our cheese in 8 oz blocks for retail purchases and in random cut five pound blocks for wholesale uses.
Our Cheddar Varieties
Cheddar –creamy, smooth and aged just right
Jalapeno Cheddar – hot but not overwhelming
Chesapeake Bay Cheddar – using Maryland’s famous seafood seasonings
Smoked Cheddar – pleasant very lightly smoked
Horseradish Cheddar – sharp with a bite
Black Pepper Cheddar – Ruth says this is great for meat and cheese plates
Blue Mt. Blackberry Wine Cheddar – Made with award winning Blue Mt Blackberry Wine it is an explosion of flavor
Cushwa Beer Cheddar – truly local using a variety of locally crafted beers for a mild flavor
Garlic Chive Cheddar – bold and creamy
Red Heifer Wine Cheddar – sweet and smooth
Tomato Basil Cheddar – hints of Italian flavorings
WHERE TO FIND OUR CHEESE!
Look for our cheeses at several locally owned restaurants and farmers markets in Montgomery, Washington and Frederick counties including:
Blue Mountain Wine Crafters
Catoctin Mountain Orchard
Common Market 7th & RT 85
Family Farm & Home Longmeadow
Franks Produce & Greenhouse
Lake House Distilling Co.
Orrs Farm Market
Phil & Jerry’s Meats & More
Sunny Meadows Garden Center
Tapias on Main
Waredaca Brewing Company
Walkers Tap and Table
Pleasant Valley Farm Produce
Fountain Head Country Club
Penn Avenue Meats
True Chesapeake Oyster Co.
Find us at the following upcoming events:
HCC Alumni Flower and Garden Show March 19-20 (HCC ARC)
Interstate Blues and Wine Fest June 11 & 12 (Washington County Ag Center)
Leitersburg Peach Festival August 13 & 14 (Leitersburg Ruritan Grounds)
Kris Kringle Craft Fair HCC November 19 & 20