Saturday, March 11, 2017

Top 3 Cheeses in United States 2017

They don't call us cheese heads for "nothin" - you might think that is for the yellow foam wedge fans at Lambeau wear during Packer games - that is true, but we also have some super talented cheese makers here, where making cheese is "in" their heads.  

The top 3 2017 cheese makers and their award winning cheeses are within an hour from our farm.  The winners are:

1.  Satori Company, Antigo, WI for Matucheski's Satori Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano (99.02 score).

2.  Terry Lensmire, Agropur, Weyauwega, WI for Cheddar (98.81 score).

3.  Marieke Penterman, Holland Family Cheese, LLC, Thorp, WI for Gouda Belegen (98.59 score).  

Here is a blog post about Holland Family I did a few years back:  They now have a larger store right off the highway.  

Wisconsin,"America's Dairyland."  In my lifetime I've seen many small family farms fade away, sad but true.   What has not changed, what any multi generational dairy family here will tell you is their love of the industry and desire to keep it in the family.  Wisconsin will always be America's Dairyland based on that fact alone.  California now dominates per head and claim to have the "happy cows."  If you ask me, happy cows make happy milk and happy milk makes award winning cheeses and that make everyone happy.  

So, congratulations you wonderful "cheese heads" - keep making those award winning cheeses for all of us to enjoy!  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

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