1 ♦ Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese, Oxford County
If beauty shots of aging cheese and snow covered farmland are you jam, these guys are for you! Bonus: more often than not, Shep’s adorable pup “Bo” makes an appearance.
2 ♦ The Cheese Boutique, Toronto
This beloved Toronto institution carries cheeses from around the world, including a healthy contingent of Ontario favorites, plus other specialty items like sourdoughs, heirloom produce and handmade pastas. Beloved by chefs and envied by eaters the world over.
3 ♦ Fifth Town Artisan Cheese, Prince Edward County
Billed as “Producers of fine artisan goat, buffalo and cow’s milk cheeses in Ontario’s beautiful Prince Edward County”, this team of curd nerds doesn’t disappoint. Except loads of cheesey shots, but also a window into life in The County.
4 ♦ Back 40 Artisan Cheese, Lanark County
Cheese maker and mushroom enthusiast, Jeff of Back 40 Artisan Cheese, alongside his fun dog name Mr. Mud share photos of their adventures and cheeses — inspired by beautiful Lanark County.
5 ♦ CHEESEWERKS, Toronto
Chef Kevin Durkee and his team of cheese-y cooks dish out one of the city’s best mac n’ cheeses. Follow along as they discover new flavours and cook up some seriously gooey combos.
6 ♦ Monforte Dairy, Stratford
Superb artisanal cheese, yes, but when it comes to instagram — this team of sheep herders and cheese melters wins the ‘wittiest chalkboard of the year award’. It’s a legit award, we swear. Follow them for a laugh, or two or three.
7 ♦ Rivers Edge Goat Dairy, Arthur
Three words, cute goat shots. With such a photogenic herd of head butters, it’s easy to see why we’re in love.
Looking to discover even more Ontario cheese-y goodness? Check out the Dairygoodness.ca. Want it delivered right to your door? There is a new ‘whey’ to discover artisan cheeses made across Canada…subscribing to Savvy Cool Curds artisan cheese-of-the-month club. “It is our way of forging a connection between the dynamic people who make artisan cheeses and the consumers who enjoy it at home”, explains Simmons. Each month a different Canadian cheesemaker is showcased and Simmons curates 4 to 5 different cheeses in a parcel that is delivered to the subscriber’s home or office. “To add to the enjoyment of each bite of cheese, I share the stories behind the uber-talented, passionate, creative and often eclectic cheesemakers. Each person has an interesting story that makes their cheese even richer.