Small businesses come to aid of family farms

First county fair milk cheese in the state of Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, Nordic Creamery was contacted earlier this year by both the Monroe and LaCrosse County Fairs because they lost the buyer for their fair milk. The larger milk processing plants have a hard time dealing with a small amount of milk from the local fairs. Al Bekkum, owner and head cheesemaker at Nordic Creamery said they would help them out by taking in the milk. They took this a step further and decided to add value to this fair milk. As far as they know, what Nordic Creamery is making the first county fair milk cheese in the state of Wisconsin.

Milk from Lacrosse county fair was brought in during the middle of July from the fair and was crafted into Cheddar cheese. Milk from the Monroe County Fair will come in during the last week in July and Nordic Creamery will make fresh cheese curds that will be available for purchase at the fair. The remainder of the Monroe county fair milk will be made into Cheddar cheese as well. For both fairs, the cheddar will be aged and sold later.

 

This will also create other opportunities for the dairy youth. They will be able to help with label development and sales. It will be an amazing opportunity for the dairy youth to be able to milk their cows at the fair that morning and be able to help sell the cheese curds from that milk later the same day. All the cheese sales will be used for the youth dairy programs at both fairs

Nordic Creamery of Westby, WI is donating all the cheesemaking production costs. Dwyer Milk Transport of Tomah, WI is donating all the milk hauling. Belmark Labels of Depere, WI is donating all the labels.