Let me start by saying that if you LOVE cheese, you shouldn't buy it without tasting it first. And that is what you get at the Concord Cheese Shop. Their approach is simple: They put the cheese that is "ripe" and "ready to eat" on the counter. You pick a few to taste, and buy the cheeses that you like (and don't waste money on a cheese that you do not like and will not eat). This sampling of cheeses is fun, and is entertainment, too!
This also means this is a 15 minute "stop" when out and about. If you are in a hurry, you won't enjoy it as much. When I visit France, I love to sample as many cheeses as I can. The cheese vendors let you sample the cheeses which is a great custom. There are over 300 varieties, and the CCS has an excellent representation of them.
Late Saturdays the shop is full, you have to take a number, and it could take 30 minutes. This, to me, shows how popular the shop is. Again, you miss out if you just run in to "grab some cheese".
Finally, I always try to buy a different cheese and ask the staff which one they like. Sometimes I don't like it (that is why you taste it first), and other times I am delighted to find a new cheese to take home.
This is a veritable European cheese experience brought by a knowledgeable staff and is really a treat to savor.
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