Artisan’s Choice Gift Set
Larry and Clara Hedrich, the “La & Clare” part of LaClare Farms, had a dream to raise their now five grown children on a farm. They purchased a farm in 1978, began their dairy goat operation and raised their five children. In 1996, they decided to milk their goats by machine and turned their interest in goat milk into a commercial operation. The family milked over 100 goats for about nine years before Larry and another group of farmers started a goat milk cooperative. Now they supply LaClare Farms and several other cheesemakers with high-quality goat milk.
Later, the Hedrichs then decided to use this great milk to create a product. They unveiled their Evalon cheese in 2008. In 2009, their daughter, Katie Fuhrmann, began making cheese full time for LaClare Farms. In 2012, LaClare Farms came back to its roots, Chandoka Farm, the property on which LaClare Farms operates today. The Hedrichs broke ground that year for their state of the art dairy goat operation. In 2014, LaClare Farms began making its cheese on-site.
Uplands Cheese is located in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Named after the land formation on which the Uplands Cheese farm sits, Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese is made in the tradition of Alpine cheeses like Gruyere and Beaufort. Similar to other versions of alpage cheeses, the cheesemakers at Uplands Cheese only make Pleasant Ridge Reserve from May through October when their cows are eating fresh, natural plant pasturage. The resulting grass-fed, raw milk produces flavors in the cheese that can’t be replicated by “ordinary” milk. Andy Hatch, Uplands Cheese cheesemaker, says using only the ideal milk is the most important component in ensuring the quality of cheese from Uplands Cheese.
Roelli Cheese is led by Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Chris Roelli, who is a fourth-generation cheese producer with roots in Switzerland. The Roellis, whose facility is in Schullsburg, decided to close their commodity cheddar factory in 1991. But in 2006, Roelli reopened the factory to make specialty, artisan cheeses. He hand-crafts and cellar-cures small batches of original recipe cheeses including the 2016 American Cheese Society award-winner Little Mountain, and produces other products as well. Roelli recently created and opened his own state of the art aging cellar that can hold one year’s worth of his production.
Potter’s Crackers, led by Nancy Potter, makes hearty, healthy crackers in Madison, Wisconsin.