Someone started a thread a while back claiming there was no "proper" cheese in the US. Of course s/he was quickly disabused of this notion. However, that brings up an interesting phenomenon: the rise of artisan cheese making across the US.
Now, I live in Northern California. We're incredibly spoiled with the amazing array of local products and always on the first wave of any food trend. But more and more I'm running across references to artisan cheesemakers in places I don't think of as food trendsetters, most recently Tennessee.
So here's a the challenge: find the cheesemaker closest to you, whether it's just down the road or 100 miles away. It might be closer than you think!