We all owe a debt of gratitude to the artisan cheesemaker, master of flavor, artist of alchemy, maker of the world's most exquisite food. Who else can transform the humble pail of milk into the glorious goodness of finely-crafted artisan cheese? What would the world be without the skillful craftsmanship and high-quality product that our artisan cheesemakers create? It would be a lot less flavorful, that's for sure. Thank you, artisan cheesemaker, for saving us from that fate.
In Wisconsin, we never have to worry about a world without artisan cheese, because we have artisan cheesemakers by the hundreds in these parts. Incorporating the rich heritage of the artisan cheesemaker is why we're leading the nation in producing the stuff. So, if you're running short on your supply of artisan cheese, we're happy to share.
It's tough to pick a favorite when there are so many amazing Wisconsin artisan cheeses to choose from, but here are a few of our favorites.
An artisan cheesemaker pays close attention to and utilizes the history of making cheese. The focus is on producing the highest quality cheese based on the more traditional practices of the craft.
A specialty cheesemaker produces cheese in limited amounts, often adding ingredients such as nuts, fruit, seeds, and herbs. Specialty cheese can be artisan cheese – that is, made in small batches by hand, or it may be produced by more modern means.
Farmstead cheese is made on a farm with milk that comes exclusively from the farmer's herd or flock.
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When you're looking for cheese from an artisan cheesemaker, you want to look to Wisconsin. Not just because our cheesemakers make more artisan cheese than anywhere else, but because Wisconsin artisan cheesemakers make the best cheese. Our cheesemakers are constantly building new mantles to hold all the cheese awards they've won – 5,552 to be exact. And they're always looking for new ways to make cheese – it's why we make more flavors, varieties, and styles of cheese – 600+ and counting – than anywhere else on earth.
So, when you're ready to sample a slice of the finest work of the best artisan cheesemakers in the universe, make sure the cheese in your hand has a Proudly Wisconsin Cheese ™ badge on the label.
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In Wisconsin, we make more flavors, varieties, and styles of cheese than anywhere else in the world. We believe in tradition, producing everything from Italian classics, like parmesan and ricotta, to swiss cheese and cheddar varieties. But every Wisconsin cheesemaker is an innovator as well, which is why we have so many Wisconsin originals, like colby and muenster. Whether it’s a grilled cheese sandwich, potatoes au gratin, or a charcuterie board, Wisconsin cheese makes every dish and recipe tastier.