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18 Tours in Cheese Manufacturers

Arena Cheese
Arena, WI

Arena Cheese is located in the Wisconsin River Valley on State Highway 14 in Arena, Wisconsin. Arena Cheese is the home of the original Co-Jack Cheese and is easily recognized by the mouse in front of the cheese and gift store.

Arena Cheese provides a viewing area so you can watch our artesian cheese maker making different varieties of cheeses. Samples of some of our various cheeses are available for your tasting pleasure. Don?t forget to take home fresh ?squeaky? cheese curds made daily.


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Bunker Hill Cheese
Millersburg, OH

Our Grandfather, John (Hans) Dauwalder, trained as a master cheese-maker in Switzerland, came to the United States in the 1920's to display his artisan talents in an increasing cheese market.

Like other Swiss farmers who made cheese on their farms and wished to emigrate to the United States, the brothers were listed with other individuals ?desiring to come over,? and were sought after in the American cheese-making market.

The Dauwalder brothers made their way to the Doughty Valley near Berlin. During World War II John returned to his native country to serve it and to provide shelter to refugees ...
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Cabot Creamery
Cabot, VT

"There's efficiency and strength when we work together." That's the principle on which the Cabot Creamery Cooperative was founded by the farmers of Cabot, Vermont in 1919. It's the same principle on which the Cabot brand and its parent cooperative, Agri-Mark, continue to thrive today.

As it was early last century, Cabot is still a sleepy little farm town tucked into the rocky soil of Vermont's rolling hills. The company is still working hard to bring pleasure to the people who buy our products and value to the farmer-owners who supply our milk. And that's just what we plan ...
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Carr Valley Cheese
La Valle, WI

Nestled amongst the rolling hills and lush pastures of central Wisconsin, Carr Valley cheese remains one of Wisconsin?s traditional cheese plants, famous for its cheddar varieties made the old-fashioned way. Owned and operated by the Cook family, Carr Valley will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year.

While tourists, and locals alike, flock to stores in Sauk City, Mauston and La Valle for cheese curds and aged cheddar blocks, what sets the business apart are the specialty cheeses created and produced by Sid Cook.

?The general trend in cheese making is bigger, but here at Carr Valley we have just become ...
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Cedar Grove Cheese
Plain, WI

Located just east of Hwy 23 in Plain, Cedar Grove Cheese is a family owned cheese factory practicing and teaching the cheesemaking art. We feature the best traditional and specialty cheese you've ever tasted - without artificial hormones or animal enzymes including:

Fresh Cheese Curds
Colby
Marbled Colby
Mild Cheddar
Medium Cheddar
Garlic Dill Cheddar
Sun-dried Tomato Basil Cheddar
Monterey Jack
Pepper Jack
Farmer Cheese

Cedar Grove Cheese specializes in organic cheese which is made from pasteurized whole organic milk. The organic certification is obtained through OCIA. Our other ingredients ...
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Crowley Cheese
Healdville, VT

Come watch Crowley Cheese being made by hand just as it was over 100 years ago by Winfield Crowley. Our landmark factory was built next to a small mountain brook in 1882 in the then traditional post & beam fashion. Little has changed in over 110 years. You will see a modern cheese factory of the 19th Century - not the 20th.

The entire production is completely ?human? powered. Only a few hundred pounds of cheese are made each day, and the process remains exactly as it was when the factory was established. There is no automatic stirring equipment or ...
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Grafton Village Cheese Company (Grafton)
Grafton, VT

Grafton Village Cheese Company - A Vermont Tradition Since 1892

Cheesemaking has long been a part of Vermont life. Dairy cows grazing the velvety pastures of the Green Mountain State are a familiar sight, and the milk they produce is one of the state's natural treasures, used to make some of the world's best cheddar cheese.

Grafton, Vermont is a likely setting for a world-class cheddar. Cheesemaking traditions in this historic village date from the 19th century. The Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company was founded in 1892 by dairy farmers who gathered together in a cooperative to make their surplus milk ...
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Grafton Village Cheese Company (Brattleboro)
Brattleboro, VT

Grafton Village Cheese Company - A Vermont Tradition Since 1892

Cheesemaking has long been a part of Vermont life. Dairy cows grazing the velvety pastures of the Green Mountain State are a familiar sight, and the milk they produce is one of the state's natural treasures, used to make some of the world's best cheddar cheese.

Grafton, Vermont is a likely setting for a world-class cheddar. Cheesemaking traditions in this historic village date from the 19th century. The Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company was founded in 1892 by dairy farmers who gathered together in a cooperative to make their surplus milk ...
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Guggisberg Cheese Factory
Charm, OH

Cheese-making is an old-world art form, practiced in Amish country and kept alive by generations of family practitioners whose ancestors brought the tasteful tradition with them from the snow-covered mountains of Switzerland to the misty valleys of Ohio.

Each family group, carrying with it a unique way of working through a similar process, makes a product that bears its own special brand of taste and originality.

Alfred and Margaret Guggisberg emigrated in 1947 from Berne, Switzerland, to Millersburg, Ohio. Alfred had studied cheese-making not only in Europe but also in Africa.

Although he originally targeted Austria as the ...
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Hilmar Cheese Company
Hilmar, CA

When a dozen California dairy farmers joined together to found Hilmar Cheese Company in 1984, they were enthusiastic because their Jersey cows were particularly good at producing high-protein milk, ideal for making cheese. The dairymen worked hard, the cows worked hard, and the cheesemakers worked hard as the business grew. Today, Hilmar Cheese Company products are known around the world for excellent quality, great taste and superior functionality. State of the art production facilities enable us to produce a variety of high quality cheese while meeting diverse customer specifications.

Our cheesemakers will explain how fresh milk is turned ...
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Oakdale Cheese
Oakdale, CA

Cheesemaking has been in Walter?s family for 4 generations. So, it came natural to follow his ancestors footsteps when he bought his first cheese vat in 1983. It was in Escalon, hidden in an almond orchard, where the family remodeled an old dairy barn and produced their native Gouda cheese, Quark and Yogurt for the first 12 years. Sales were done on Certified Farmers Markets, by Mail Order and through a small room in their garage with refrigerator, where people could just walk in and leave their money on the counter top. Talking about honesty and trust!

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Old Country Wisconsin Cheese, Inc.
Cashton, WI

The Old Country Wisconsin Cheese factory is located in the heart of the Amish community in Western Wisconsin. We accept fresh can milk from 230 Amish milk producers who live around Cashton, Hillsboro, Tomah, Wilton, Sylvan, Readstown, Liberty Pole, and Chaseburg. Old Country Cheese brings in 120,000 pounds of milk a day from over 230 Amish milk producers.

Old Country Wisconsin Cheese is one of only a few factories left in the United States that handles only fresh can milk. In 1982, the Old Order Amish Community of Cashton reached a consensus. Having their own cheese factory was the best ...
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Springside Cheese Factory
Oconto Falls, WI

Springside Cheese Corporation is a family owned Wisconsin cheese manufacturer of traditional and flavored artisan cheese. One of the last few cheese factories in Northeast Wisconsin, Springside Cheese has been making hand crafted, rich and creamy cheese since 1908.

Visit us at our cheese factory to view the cheese making process through windows overlooking the facility. There are also pictures overhead depicting how we make our artisan cheese. Staff is always available to answer any questions you might have. We look forward to seeing you soon.


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The Grafton Village Cheese Company
Grafton, VT

In the first decades of the 1800s, Grafton was a thriving settlement on the post road from Boston to Albany. The town had many farms, over 10,000 sheep, sawmills, gristmills, tanneries, woolen mills, a soapstone quarry, a carriage and sleigh factory, an inn and several stores. By the mid 1800s many of New England's farmers had moved westward and the region's once strong wool industry had collapsed under the pressures of Australian competition. Like many towns around it, Grafton was no longer on the main thoroughfare.

The Grafton Village Cheese Company was founded in 1890 as the Grafton Cooperative Cheese ...
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Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook, OR

The Visitor's Center offers a free self-guided tour, showcasing the entire cheese making process from cow to mouth.

The viewing platforms above packaging and cheese offer people a chance to see exactly where the cheese comes from and how it is made. There are interactive kiosks providing nutritional information that kids of all ages can enjoy.

As visitors reach the end of the tour, they are treated to samples of Tillamook's famous cheese. A variety of chunks, as well as fresh curds, is a great way to cap off an informative introduction to the world of cheese. By now ...
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Union Star Cheese
Zittau, WI

Union Star -- making quality cheese for more than a century
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It all began with the age-old question of ?low fat.?

In the early 1900s, almost all Wisconsin dairy farmers sold their milk to local cheese factories. The introduction of the ?Babcock Test? - a method for determining the butterfat content of milk ? led to scaled pricing of milk based on fat content. Simply put, cheese factories were only willing to pay top dollar for milk with a high fat content. Thirteen farmers including our Great Grand Uncle, Henry Metzig, were upset that their milk was considered ?low ...
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Widmer's Cheese Cellars
Theresa, WI

The story of Widmer's Cheese begins over 70 years ago, when our founder, John O. Widmer, left Switzerland to come to America. He choose to settle in one of the most famous cheese producing regions of the world, Dodge County Wisconsin. As did many Swiss immigrants, John O. Widmer became a cheese maker. He worked in various cheese factories as an apprentice before settling in Theresa Wisconsin in 1922.

His theory was quality first, and he consistently strove to produce a better product. He passed on his methods to his three sons John, Ralph and Jim who have since retired, ...
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Winchester Cheese Company
Winchester, CA

Winchester Cheese Company is owned and operated by Jules Wesselink who was born and raised in Haarlem, Holland. Jules has operated his own dairies in California since the 1950's. As the metropolitan Los Angeles area has grown Jules's dairies have moved from Artesia to Chino, and now to Winchester. The dairy now has 500 Holstein cows and is located in a beautiful setting as you can see from the accompanying photos.
BOERE KAAS, which means "Home made on the farm", is the favorite choice of cheese-loving Holland. In a class by itself, it is distinguished by its delicious and unique ...
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