The Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company is a well known and well loved Vermont establishment. It was founded in 1892 by dairy farmers who began a cooperative to make their surplus milk into cheese. In the days before refrigeration, there were many such cooperatives in rural agricultural communities. Sadly, a fire destroyed the original Grafton factory in 1912. Several decades later, the nonprofit Windham Foundation restored the company. Today, fine quality and taste are the hallmarks of the Bratteboro-based company's award-winning, handcrafted cheddars, which are made from the finest hormone-free milk collected from local farms.