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Our Partners in Quality - Cheese

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What sets Outpost's cheese department apart from the rest? Our cheese department lives to share their love of cheese with our shoppers. We try every local cheese before it makes it onto our shelves and care for the cheese individually to ensure the best quality. Our cheese buyer and cheese staff are dedicated foodies who have visited many of the dairies and cheese making facilities of the cheeses we sell. One of our staff even babysat a goat for one of our cheese makers. Whether you're selecting a cheese to nosh or several cheese to serve at a party, our staff of foodies will help you find the best value, the best drink pairings and the best ways to enjoy your cheese. Look for the local-regional signs in our aisles to find more local treasures just like these.

Carr Valley Cheese

Miles to Market - 143

Sid Cook is the Willy Wonka of cheesemakers with more than 65 cheeses on his production schedule. Carr Valley offers everything from their one-of-a-kind artisan Gran Canaria cheese to blocks of cheddar. No matter what your cheese craving is, chances are Carr Valley makes it. 

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Cesar's Cheese

Miles to Market - 80
Cesar's Cheese

Growing up in Mexico, Cesar Luis learned to make cheese by watching his grandmother. She had a few cows and used the milk to make very small batches of cheese. She taught Cesar everything. 

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Hidden Springs Creamery

Miles to Market - 179

It’s humid inside Brenda Jensen’s cheese room. Outside it’s cold, February cold, but inside it’s warm and wet. It’s a cheese making day at Hidden Springs Creamery. The sheep have been milked, but that’s just the beginning.

Once the whey has separated from the curd, Brenda reaches into the separating tank. She cuts a large block of curd, between 20 and 30 pounds, and heaves it onto a stainless steel table. Then she cuts it and parcels out smaller chunks into round, 4-pound plastic molds. She does this again and again, until the curd has been used up.

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Marieke Gouda

Miles to Market - 241

If the closest you’ll get to Holland is a slice of Gouda on a cracker, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more authentic cheese than Marieke Gouda. Take a bite of one of Marieke Penterman’s award-winning Goudas and find yourself transported to the Dutch countryside. It’s that good. 

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Pasture Pride Cheese

Miles to Market - 184

Growing up in tiny RockbridgeWis., Kevin Everhart lived above a cheese factory. Everhart’s dad, Frank, managed the factory in the tiny town north of Richland Center. So, it seemed natural for Kevin to get into the cheese business, just like his dad.

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Red Barn Family Farms

Miles to Market - 116

Terry Homan didn’t accept what the industry thought of the small, family dairy farm. In the industry’s words, these farms were “terminal,” not viable for the future.

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Saxon Homestead Creamery

Miles to Market - 67

In a little less than four years, Elise Klessig-Heimerl and her family have turned the milk from their grass-fed cows into award-winning cheeses and continued a farming tradition started by Klessig-Heimerl’s German ancestors. 

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Uplands Cheese

Miles to Market - 130

The owners of Uplands Cheese believe that the old methods of farming produce better tasting cheese. They realized that their farm’s milk had unique flavor properties due to the fresh grasses, herbs and wildflowers upon which the cows graze. So began the development of Pleasant Ridge Reserve Gruyere cheese.

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*Our Miles to Market distances are calculated to our Administrative offices downtown, which are central to our three store locations.
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