You are sooooo right! Cabot makes great cheese. I am just a cheese lover (and cheese-a-holic) and like lots and lots of different cheese. Including both Harman's and Cabot. Like most cheese lovers... I like them all for different reasons, and can 'spread the love' :-)
Interesting that personal food taste preferences dominate this review. Harman's is most definitely a small town, country store. The store features their cheese, made in upstate New York, specifically for them. Personally, I LOVE the cheese, and apparently a lot of other people do to, since Harman's literally sells tons of it. Much of it by mail-order to people who visited, decided they had great cheese and products, and order over and over again. I began ordering from Harman's for my holiday gifts a few years ago for famiily and friends who live throughout the country. They now request Harman's products, and wait anxiously every year for their shipment. :-)
I would have to assume the trinkets being referred to are the specialty foods (jams, spreads, syrup, some cured / smoked meats, etc), locally made pottery, local books, postcards featuring photos from the Sugar Hill area. The cheese prices are in line with or less than comparable cheeses, As a lover of Harman's cheese, I can vouch for the price... a half pound block of their aged cheddar (normally aged at least 2 years) is about $6.95, which is actually less than Cabot's half pound blocks for comparable cheese. And personally I like Harman's better. Not only is their regular aged cheddar really good, their smoked cheddar is exceptional. It is smoked at a local New Hampshire smokehouse. But, that, again, is a matter of taste preference. It's not something I would base a review of the store on.
If you are looking for a quaint, small town store with a lot of history and local items, you will like Harman's. If you are looking for cheap, run of the mill cheese, in a large, tourist crowded place, go somewhere else. We love Harman's as apparently do many, many other people who visit and order year after year.