as told by present owner, Maxine Aldrich.
In 1954, John and Kate Harman retired from life in New York City and bought a small general store in Sugar Hill to start a mail order business. In 1955, a salesman mentioned that his firm had discovered some cheese that had been "forgotten" for 2 years. Mr. Harman recognized the potential and purchased that 1/2 ton of cheese at 54¢ a pound to start the "World's Greatest Cheddar Cheese" tradition. Today it isn't a "mistake" that ages the cheese - we buy it young and age it at least two years to duplicate the perfection of that "forgotten" cheese! It's been over 50 years and we're still offering great Cheddar along with great customer service.
Over the years, we've added other unusual and unusually good items alongside our distinctive cheddar, forming a small family of hard-to-find, pure, top quality delicacies. We still look for items which fall in that category and add a few new ones each year. We welcome your suggestions in our selection process.
Each and all of our intentionally small number of products have been selected for their unusualness and each carries a message of old-time quality, good taste, and reasonable prices. Whether you order for yourself, for family, for friends, or for associates, you can always be sure of unusual satisfaction and unusual appreciation.
The Harmans loved their business and customers, and they always enjoyed chatting with them personally or on the phone. There was never a question of the quality of the products. Should a customer be dissatisfied, a replacement or refund immediately went out. The customers came first with the Harmans, and we continue that tradition.
The Harmans passed away in 1980 after long, fruitful lives and 26 years in Sugar Hill. I had enjoyed working with Mr. & Mrs. Harman since 1974 and took as much pride in the business as did John and Kate. My husband, Bert, and I purchased the store in April 1981 and our family continues the Harman Tradition with our daughter, Brenda, who is now managing the store with me. All of our family is interested in the business even if they are not in the midst of it. It never fails: in our children's many travels (even in Asia) people will see them wearing a store sweatshirt and say, "I buy cheese from there." It really is a small world!
Our most famous specialty is a favorite with cheese-lovers coast to coast. This premium cheese is fully and properly cured to bring it to peak perfection. It has a delicious, smooth, zesty, and mouth-watering flavor that inspires connoisseurs to rank it "the greatest of cheddars."
Our cheddar has been aged AT LEAST TWO FULL YEARS while being constantly held at a uniform low temperature. The cheddar is from New York State and is "first grass vintage," when milk is the richest and least liable to be flavored by wild onion grazing. This ensures a sweet, never bitter, flavor. Before our cheese is all sold, it may be aged for up to three years, and it is always aged for at least two years to ensure flavor and uniform close texture. It is a cheddar at the peak of perfection.
You may question the description, "World's Greatest Cheddar Cheese" which we use, especially since it is applied to a product from a little store located in "the sticks." Nevertheless, we do use it without blushing. We use it because so many of our customers describe our cheese in those very words. Comparisons with other cheddars will show Harman's to be unmatched in quality; and we believe that you, too, will find it the "World's Greatest Cheddar Cheese." Perhaps you might even agree with one customer who decided it was the "Galaxy's Greatest Cheese." "The best Cheddar
CHEESE CARE: Keep Harman's Aged Cheddar wrapped airtight in your refrigerator and it should keep a minimum of 4 weeks. Remember that Harman's Cheddar tastes best when served at room temperature. Harman's cheese may also be frozen to have on hand for those special recipes.