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Cedar Grove Cheese

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Wisconsinites are proud of their cheese industry. (Photo credit: EatWisconsinCheese.com)

Although Wisconsin natives don’t wear cheese-shaped hats all the time, they’re proud of what they produce and for good reason.

Farmers and cheese-makers across the state produce over 600 delicious varieties of cheese each year. To learn about how the cheese is created and, of course, have a taste, visit Cedar Grove Cheese. This factory produces delicious hand-crafted certified organic cheese using ecologically-sustainable methods. On your tour, you get the chance to learn about the history, art and economics of this craft while watching cheese being made right in front of you.

The Living Machine, which filters Cedar Grove's wastewater. (Photo credit: Cedar Grove Cheese)

The Living Machine, which filters Cedar Grove’s wastewater. (Photo credit: Cedar Grove Cheese)

One of the most unique parts of the tour is Cedar Grove’s Living Machine. Instead of dumping their wastewater into the septic system or local watershed, a series of machines and filtering systems serves as a custom solution that is environmentally friendly and sustainable. After all the waste and contaminants are removed, the fresh water drains into a nearby creek.

Not only does Cedar Grove Cheese help the environment, but they also help farmers in need. The factory is partnered with the non-profit, Family Farm Defenders which advocates for small farms to help them maintain their social and economic rights. This organization also supports animal welfare and fair trade. With Cedar Grove’s charitable side, gouda never tasted so good!

 

WHERE:

Cedar Grove Cheese
E5904 Mill Road
Plain, WI 53577

HOURS:

January – March: Open Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April – December: Open Monday through Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Call ahead to schedule tours of the factory and the Living Machine.

 

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