The first traces, or should we say odours, of Maroilles date back to the 7th century. It comes from the village of the same name in the Avesnois, where the abbey monks transformed milk into in cheese. They jealously protected this privilege until the 11th century, when victims of their success, the production spread to surrounding villages, then to neighbouring Thiérache in the Aisne department. Today Maroilles can be found practically everywhere in France - in cheese-shops, supermarkets, and even better, in the farms where it is produced! 4,166 tonnes of Maroilles were sold in 2014, of which 275 tonnes were farm-produced.