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Wisconsin Cheesemakers

Find out more about the Wisconsin cheesemakers, master cheesemakers and artisanal cheesemakers that Wisconsinmade.com represents:

Babcock Hall Dairy
  • The Babcock Hall Dairy Store was built in 1951 in Wisconsin.
  • Master Cheesemaker Gary Grossen creates award-winning cheeses for Babcock Hall.
  • Gary is Master Cheesemaker certified in Muenster, Brick, and Cheddar, Gouda, and Havarti.
  • Babcock Hall Brick took Blue Ribbon honors at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair, and Babcock cheese consistently place in the World Dairy Expo, World Cheese Championship, and U.S. Cheese Championship annual competitions.
  • University of Wisconsin students work hard to fill Babcock Hall Dairy orders for Wisconsinmade.com.
Carr Valley Cheese
  • The Carr Family has been making cheese for over 100 years.
  • Owned and operated by Master Cheesemaker Sid Cook who received his cheesemaking license at the mild age of 16. 
  • Carr Valley Cheese currently has three Master Cheesemakers on staff.  Along with Sid Cook, Thomas Jenny and Bob Koenig are certified Master Cheesemakers who lend their expertise to Carr Valley's award-winning lineup of cheeses.
  • Carr Valley cheeses have won over 400 national and international awards.
  • Carr Valley produces over 90 different varieties of cheese.
Cedar Grove Cheese
  • Cedar Grove Cheese can trace its beginnings back to 1878.  Today, this family-owned operation produces a variety of organic cheeses, specialty cheeses, and cheese curds.
  • Owner and Master Cheesemaker Bob Wills is certified in Butterkase and Cheddar varieties.
  • Cedar Grove was the first cheese producer to pledge that all products would be free of Bovine Growth Hormone.
  • Cheesemaking at Cedar Grove begins at 11 p.m., and the process isn't finished until 9 p.m. the next night.
  • Cedar Grove cares about the environment and cleans waste water left over from the cheesemaking process.
Clock Shadow Creamery
  • Clock Shadow Creamery, Wisconsin's first urban cheese factory, is an offshoot of Cedar Grove Cheese.
  • Opened in April 2012, Clock Shadow Creamery is located on the ground floor of a "green" building in Milwaukee's 5th Ward Walker's Point Neighborhood.
  • Clock Shadow Creamery makes fresh cheese, cheese curds, and Quark, a German-style spreadable cheese, using evnironmentally responsible production techniques.
  • Founder Bob Wills grew up in the Milwaukee area, just about a mile south of the creamery.
  • The factory provides tours and has a retail store with 270 degree viewing windows that allow unparalleled appreciation of the cheesemakers' art.
Decatur Dairy
  • Decatur Dairy is a co-op with more than 70 members.
  • Master Cheesemaker Steve Stettler is certified in Brick, Cheddar, Farmer's, Havarti, Muenster, and specialty Swiss cheese.
  • Decatur Dairy's cheeses are multi award winning, including Blue Ribbon honors for both Brick and Havarti in the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair competition and Best in Class for Flavored Havarti in the 2017 United States Cheese Championship.
  • Cheese curds usually come in the cheddar variety, but Decatur Dairy makes a unique Muenster cheese curd.
Emmi Roth USA Ltd
  • In 1863, Oswald Roth began crafting and curing cheese in Uster, Switzerland.  In 1991, Felix and Ulrich Roth and Fermo Jaeckle came to Wisconsin to start Roth Kase USA.
  • Kase is the German word for cheese.
  • Today Roth Cheese is part of the Emmi Group.
  • Emmi Roth makes artisan cheese in both American and European traditions.
  • Emmi Roth USA has won over 200 regional, national, and international awards.
Jim's Cheese
  • Jim's cheese is considered the Cheese Cut Out Capital of the World.
  • The company sells hundreds of different cheese shapes made with real Wisconsin cheese.
  • Jim's cheese started in 1955 with their star item - a heart-shaped cheese.
  • Jim's also specilizes in artisan and aged cheddar and offers a fine assortment of cheese gift boxes.
  • In 1995, Jim's opened a retail store in Waterloo, Wisconsin.
Marieke Gouda
  • Marieke and Rolf Penterman emigrated from the Netherlands and settled in Thorp, Wisconsin in 2002 to carry out their passion for dairy farming.
  • Using farmstead-fresh raw cow's milk from their family farm, Marieke began crafting authentic Dutch cheeses in 2006.
  • Marieke Gouda cheeses have won over 100 awards, and Marieke's Mature Gouda was named overall U.S. Champion at the 2013 United States Cheese Championship.
  • The dairy cows that produce the milk for Marieke Gouda are pampered!  They sleep on soft bedding and are cooled with sprinklers and fans in the Wisconsin summer.
Mt. Sterling Cheese Company
  • Mt. Sterling Co-op Creamery is a member-owned and operated cooperative, incorporated under Wisconsin law in 1976 as a Southwestern Wisconsin Dairy Goat Products Cooperative.
  • The Co-Op is made up of over 20 family operated goat dairies.
  • Mt. Sterling goat cheese include both pasteurized and raw milk cheddar, mozzarella, feta, and country jack.
  • Mt. Sterling goat cheese is 100% natural with no colorings or additives.
  • Each time milk is picked up from a Mt. Sterling goat dairy, it is sampled and tested for quality.
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