On May 5th 2006, probably a day or two before I was really ready to pull the trigger, I opened Saxelby Cheesemongers for business in the Essex Market. Maybe it was a desire to open on Cinco de Mayo so that I was less likely to forget the shop’s anniversary (and to always have an excuse to have odd cheese-centric/Mexican Independence Day-themed cakes from Rainbo’s Fish) but in reality it was more of a cocktail of excitement, nerves, and impatience to just open up and sell some cheese already! Over the years I’ve joked that on that first day I felt a little bit like I did when I’d have a garage sale at my parents’ house back in the midwest where I grew up. You just roll up the gate and hope that people show up!
Over the past 10 years, Saxelby Cheesemongers has leapt and bounded far beyond the friendly confines of our little store in the Essex Market. Together with my business partner Benoit Breal, and our team of awesome cheesemongers, cave managers, and drivers, we have built the business from a humble 100 square foot shop supporting roughly 20 local farms to a retail, wholesale, and mail order business that serves over 100 restaurants and small retailers in New York City and beyond! We now work with over 50 producers of delicious cheese and dairy products, many of whom did not even exist when we opened our doors in 2006. In 2015, Saxelby Cheesemongers purchased over 100,000 pounds of cheese from our network of farms, representing over one million dollars funneled back into local agricultural economies.
Since the beginning, Saxelby’s mission has been to be the bridge between the farms and the people who love, support and EAT all of this glorious American farmstead and artisan cheese! Nurturing and growing those relationships – whether with our cheesemakers on the farm side, our customers on the retail side, or our chefs on the restaurant side, is our true passion and the thing that makes us happiest and most fulfilled from day to day and year to year.
On our 10th anniversary, we’d like to thank YOU – all of our loyal cheese loving fans for your support over these years! We could not have done it without you, and we look forward to bringing you more great cheese for another 10 years – and then some.
Cheers and Cheese!
Anne Saxelby and Benoit Breal
co-owners Saxelby Cheesemongers