Lunchtime Diaries: Reading Terminal Market welcomes local cheesemaker Valley Shepherd Creamery

The new Valley Shepherd Creamery stand opened in Reading Terminal Market this past Wednesday. | Photo by Danni SinisiChilly tempatures typically give us Grid staffers little desire to leave the office during the day, but with the new Valley Shepherd Creamery outpost opening in the Reading Terminal Market this week, we figured that was reason enough for a cold-weather fieldtrip down the block.

While the most enticing reason to spot by their stand may be the cheeses made on site, the real reason we wanted to check it out is the lunchtime offering of grilled cheese sandwiches at the adjacent Meltkraft counter run by CIA-trained chef Rebecca Foxman. Expect a few unusual combinations (like the mac and cheese with brisket) and a couple on the more typical (although none-less-tasty) side. Plus the kale and cabbage coleslaw side is a nice compliment to the salty cheeses, and the tomato soup option a good cold combatant. And don't forget the cane sugar-only Boylan sodas offered from the fountain behind the register. Check out the full menu here.

We were only able to try half of the menu, so a second visit is in our future—wouldn't want to miss out on the full olive bar and fresh, in-house-made mozerella sandwiches. Definitely a tasty solution to surviving the long winter days still ahead. 

The stand at Reading Terminal joins the creamery's others in Park Slope, NY and at their farm shop in New Jersey. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.