Featured Local Cheese: Arethusa Farm Tapping Reeve

TAPPING REEVE by Arethusa Farm in Litchfield, CT

Local lawyer Tapping Reeve formed the Litchfield Law School in the late 18th century, educating scores of politicians and justices who would go on to shape a fledgling nation. What better way to honor that legacy than with a cheese? We hit the history books and developed a savory Colonial-style cheese to please the most discerning connoisseur – past or present. Our Tapping Reeve is both sharp and refined, not unlike its namesake.
AGE: 16-24 months

Featured Cheesemaker: Arethusa Farm Dairy

Cheese Tasting: local award-winning cheesemaker Arethusa Farm Dairy Saturday February 22nd from 11a-2p.
Stop by for a sampling of Arethusa’s local CT Farmstead Cheeses: award-winning Arethua Blue, Arethusa Mt. Tom, Arethusa Cry Baby, Arethusa Bella Bantam, and Arethusa Tapping Reeve (named after the founder of the first proprietary law school in America (Litchfield).
Arethusa Farmstead Blue won first place in the Blue Veined Cheese category at the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wisconsin. The cheese scored 97.55 to take home the “Best in Class” award.

Introducing Arethusa Farm Dairy local cheeses

Continuing our commitment to offering the best local foods by the best local producers, Walter Stewart’s is pleased to offer Arethusa Farm Dairy cheeses locally produced in Litchfield, CT! Shop Stewart’s for your favorite style of Arethusa Farm semi-hard and aged cheeses . . .
Bella Bantam
“With the comforting aromas of fresh, buttered popcorn, Bella Bantam is supple and creamy, making it the perfect snack time staple.”
“We set out to make a Swiss-style cheese that was at home on a cheese board as it was tucked in a ham sandwich. Meet Crybaby, so named for its multitude of tiny “eyes”. Crybaby is matured for at least four months in our state-of-the-art aging caves before release, giving it a subtle, nutty aroma, while still delivering that unique Swiss cheese bite.”
“Our take on a classic Dutch Gouda, Europa features wispy aromas of butterscotch and toasted nuts that give way to a savory, brothy flavor. Its smooth, dense paste makes Europa a great cheese for melting – on burgers, sandwiches, or a bowl of piping hot soup.”
Mt. Tom
“Inspired by the cheese of the Swiss Alps and named for own local alpine monolith, Mt. Tom is sweet and nutty with a light, mouthwatering tang.”
Tapping Reeve
“Named for Litchfield Law School founder Tapping Reeve, this savory Colonial-style cheese is both sharp and refined, not unlike its namesake.”

available in our center store cheese case.

Your Everyday Farmer’s Market

pears_fallnewsletter_webThe word “Local” has become a trendy buzz word used very loosely these days. But for us Local is anything but a trend. Our commitment to supporting our local community as well as providing a market for the best CT artisans, farmers and producers of first-rate foods is long-standing and solid. We will continue to offer our customers the finest local CT fare . . . Shop Stewart’s this season for Lyman Orchard’s Apples & Pears, Blue Jay Orchard’s Apple Cider Donuts, Farmstead Cheeses from Cato Corner Farm and Beltane Farm, Heavenly Bites, Sweet Sabrina’s Cakes, SweetLee’s Cookie Dough, Shearwater Organic Coffee, Arethusa Milk, and so much more!

Shop Fresh. Shop Local Shop Stewart’s!



Local Arethusa Farm

We’re pleased to offer farm fresh local CT milk and yogurt from Arethusa Farm in Litchfield, CT. Located in the rolling pastures of Litchfield Hills, Arethusa Farm has a proud tradition of raising award-winning purebred Jersey, Holstein and Brown Swiss cows. We pride ourselves on providing the absolute highest level of care for our animals, and creating all-natural, farm-fresh dairy goods with a truly exceptional taste. Great milk comes from great cows, and great cows come from Arethusa. Look for regular updates on Twitter when we receive new deliveries.