Cherry Grove Farm Honored with Two National Awards 

Cherry Grove Farm is proud to announce that our marquee farmstead cheese, Havilah, and its extra-aged version, Havilah Reserve, have won second and first place awards, respectively, from the American Cheese Society! 

The American Cheese Society is the gold standard for judging cheese in the Americas. This year’s competition featured 1,387 entries judged over two days by 30 judges who critically examine both flavor and technical prowess. The first place award was bestowed on Havilah Reserve in the industry-esteemed category of ‘Farmstead.’ This category focuses on our peers​​—producers who produce on farm, exclusively using their own milk—so we are especially keen to have been selected. Our Havilah standard won second in Open Category, all cow’s milk; indeed also a competitive honor! 

Havilah is a hard aged, raw milk cheese with some characteristics of the mountain cheeses  of the alps. At the same time, it is entirely our own after 12 years of honing the recipe to our milk, aging environments, pastures, and taste. It has flavors of roast meats and carmelized alliums, like a memory of your nanna’s sunday roast, but with nuanced layers and aromas of sweetness and citrus. Havilah is aged 8 to 14 months and the Reserve 15 to 24 months.

Get your own wedge at our farm store on Rt 206 in Lawrenceville, at our farmers’ markets, and at select cheese counters in the tri-state area. 

We are thrilled that the American Cheese Society recognizes the quality of our Havilah and are grateful for the honor!


1902 - Family purchased farm

1910 - Leased land to dairy farmer

1987 - Hamill Brothers inherit farm

2002 - Started as a family business

2003 - Started a beef herd, laying hens, and pigs

2004 - Added sheep and attained organic certification of pasture land

2005 - Added dairy herd and began making fresh cheeses like mozzarella

2006 - Built aging caves and began making aged cheeses

2012 - Grid Magazine’s Cheese of the Month (Nov – Full Nettle Jack); Finalist at the Good Food Awards (Toma)

2013 - Won 2 blue ribbons from the American Cheese Society(for Buttercup Brie and Lawrenceville Jack Reserve); Added second cheesemaker

2014 - Broke ground on additional aging space and began process of getting AWA certification for our chickens