Imported & Domestic Gourmet Cheeses

Stinky, creamy, earthy, silky, soft, firm, nutty, crumbly, dry, rich, flaky, tangy, bold, smooth, salty, sharp, nutty, sweet, mild… what on earth do all these words have in common? They are used frequently to describe our beloved cheese!

That’s right, all of these words and many more are commonly used to describe the texture and or the aroma and flavor of a variety of gourmet cheeses! There are certainly many more adjectives that you can use to describe your favorite or least favorite cheese but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you say it’s nutty and I say it’s earthy- all that matters is that you enjoy it and that is where we come in!

When you shop with us, we encourage you to sample our deli products, in fact we typically have a sample tray out for those that are just to shy to ask.  Our deli associates love cheese and they love introducing you to new cheeses even more!

Cheese Case Staples:

  • Parmesan Reggiano
  • Prima Donna
  • Cambozola
  • Midnight Moon
  • Butterkase
  • Old Quebec Cheddar
  • Raclette
  • Halloumi
  • Roquefort Papillon
  • Kefalograviera
  • Manchego
  • Beemster


With So Many Different Cheeses, How Can You Pick a Favorite?

On any given day, Lancaster’s Specialty Market will have 40+ different cheeses from all over the world available for purchase. Please note while we do have a few staple cheeses you will most likely always find in our case, in order to make room for new cheeses or the return of old favorites we will not always have the same selection of gourmet cheeses. If we don’t have what you are looking for, be adventurous and let us help you find something new to fall in love with!

We understand that with so many different cheeses to choose from it might seem overwhelming at first but don’t worry- we love to learn about and sample fromage (Fun Fact: fromage is a fancy word for cheese)! That being said, we are always more then happy to offer you a taste of any of the cheeses in our cut to order case. With a bit of guidance about what fine cheeses you’ve liked and disliked in the past, our staff will happily make suggestions for new cheeses for you to try!

You never know, you just might discover a new favorite cheese next time you visit Lancaster’s Specialty Market!

Assorted cheese on wooden background

What Makes Specialty Cheese “Special”

Sometimes fine cheeses are made using time tested traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation while other cheeses are born more recently out of a pure love and passion for all things cheese.

Specialty cheeses are special because of the attention devoted to the craft of cheese making, it’s not where it came from or who made it as much as it is about if they love and respect making cheese. If they do- you will taste it in the cheese!

Some of the cheeses we carry are made domestically by artisan cheese producers using raw milk from either cows, goats or sheep and aged for a set period of time to develop their flavor profile while others like the Prima Donna (a staff favorite & case staple) is not aged for a set period of time, instead this firm & crumbly aged gouda is aged until it reaches a particular flavor profile, this means the cheese is closely monitored until it reaches it’s absolute peak in flavor.

Please Note: In order to keep things interesting and fun,our cheese selection will vary from time to time. Please feel free to call if you are looking for a specific cheese or better yet, stop by in person – if we don’t have it, we will take your request and do our best!