The Cheese Tour

Fond du Lac, WI

One of the things that Wisconsin is noted for is cheese.  Now, most people would think that’s nice, stop at a cheese store or two to sample and maybe make a purchase, and that would be it.  But in our little world one of us has this “thing” for cheese and cheese plants.  We’ve been to Vermont many times and each time we “must” visit little Cabot’s Creamery and taste their product.  We visited the coast of Oregon and the highlight was a visit to Tillamook Cheese Plant.  Now that we are in Wisconsin, cheese has again become a focus of our travels!

If you are going to make cheese, you need milk, and to get milk you need cows.  That’s not a problem here as Wisconsin is filled with dairy farms.  Their license plates even brag about it, stating “America’s Dairyland” under a picture of a dairy farm.

LP-2064 Wisconsin State Background License Plates - Packers

 

A Typical Dairy farm

The day after our trip to Milwaukee, we spent the morning checking out some of the cheese plants near Fond du Lac.  The first was Widmer’s Cheese Cellars in Theresa, WI.  When you walk in the door of the store, you find yourself looking at the cheese making area.

Entering Widmer’s Cheese Cellars retail store

Widmer’s is known for making brick cheese.  It’s pretty simple to explain the name as the cheese is made in the shape of a brick and as it sits in the pan, a brick is placed on top.

On the right bricks sit on top of the new cheese

On your left as you enter the store there is a nice home made display of the cheese making process at Widmer’s.

Apparently one of the rules of a “cheese tour” is that you discuss cheese with the proprietor at every stop and make at least one purchase.

We’re talking cheese here!

The clerk really upped the ante on this tour when she gave us a map of all the cheese plants in Wisconsin.  Who knew a map could bring such joy to one traveler while bringing panic to the other!

But we made it out of Widmer’s with minimum time and expense.  Note the joy on the face of the happy shopper below!

Now back in the car and on with the tour.  After a 30 minute ride through the heartland where cows outnumber people by at least 10 to 1, we arrived at a small community (emphasize small!) of Beechwood, WI, home of Beechwood Cheese.  You can’t see the cheese making process from the store (a big disappointment to some of us) but you do get to taste their specialty, chicken soup cheese (it tasted pretty good).  Again, another happy shopper pictured below!

The next day we were out for a motorcycle ride and, surprise, came upon a cheese plant north of the city of Appleton.

Scray’s Cheese in DePere, WI

A happy shopper eats some cheese curd

The tour was scheduled to continue until one of the participants found a cheese curd that would rival that found in Clayton, NY.  Fortunately for the other tour participant, the cheese curd at Scray’s was a winner!  The tour can now come to an end (at last) ! ! !  Maybe now we can get back to visiting history sites . . .

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to The Cheese Tour

  1. Marsha says:

    I love the photo of the dairy farm. What a lovely day you two had…blue skies, fluffy clouds and gorgeous landscape!

    HAHAHA…a cheese map. That is a first, and I love the idea. You two should do them all and write an RV travel book. It might be in high demand.

    OF COURSE, we have to talk with the sales clerk and contribute to the local economy. I am sure, John, you enjoying eating the purchases…don’t cha?

    WHAT…chicken soup cheese. That is crazy! I am trying to image what that might taste like and just can’t wrap my tongue around it…hehe

    That shopper looks so happy. I am sure she made some very wise purchases. Cheese curds on top of my list! But I can’t believe you are stopping so soon. How does that saying go…So many cheeses factories, so little time? Thanks for taking us along! On our list if and when we get to WI.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s