The tastes of Amish cheese are a "must experience" for the cheese connoisseur! We say tastes because there are well over 50 different flavors of cheese actually made in Ohio Amish Country!
And we'll tell you where you can go to taste samples of all of them. Try Ohio-famous Swiss cheese or even yogurt cheese.
Watch it being made and be sure to take some home with you.
Cheesemaking is an art carried to this country with the first Swiss and German immigrants. The tradition survives with artisan-made cheese from traditional recipes that will please even the most discriminating pallet.
Cheesemaking is one of the earliest industries to come to this country. Ohio Amish Country is one of the places where it all started - and continues to this day!
The cheese industry is a natural fit for the Amish. It not only provides a market for milk from Amish dairy farms, but also provides employment for many of the Amish because of their knowledge and skill in the trade.
Some of the companies specialize in hormone-free all-natural amish cheese. You are assured that only the best ingredients from pesticide-free milk is used to make the highest quality product.
These producers still collect the milk in cans from Amish farms where every can is numbered. The milk is tested and can be traced back to its source - from the exact farm, to the very cow from which it came!
This simple quality control system keeps any contaminated milk from entering the supply chain while allowing the Amish to maintain their distinctive ways and farming methods.
Consider taking a day and go on a cheesemaking tour. Visit the various facilities where you can see cheese made, try samples and get some to go. Enjoy the beautiful countryside while you do!
We've compiled a list of cheese producers and included a couple of retailers. While most of the production facilities sell their cheese, there are some shops where cheese can be sampled and purchased that do not actually make the cheese themselves.
Can't get out this way to take a tour just yet? Then you might want to enjoy this video of cheese making compliments of Guggisberg Cheese!
Heini's Cheese House Family owned since 1935, view cheese making, free samples of over 50 Amish cheeses, party trays & gift packages, CR 77, just north of Berlin, Bunker Hill, Ohio, 800-253-6636. Call for Sunday hours.
Pearl Valley Cheese Located near Ohio's Amish Country and close to the Historic Roscoe Village, Pearl Valley Cheese makes a varity of award winning cheeses. Visitors can watch the cheesemaking process from the retail store viewing area where they can sample some of their favorite cheese. Their are over 25 different types of cheese products, bulk snack foods, jams & jellies and speciality cheeses available in the retail store. Store is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Plan to arrive before noon to watch the cheesemaking process Monday through Friday.
Middlefield Cheese Home of award winning, high quality Swiss cheese, custom orders and gift boxes, cheese trays, special bulk orders, custom slicing, assortment of cheeses, meats, mustards, jellies, preserves, jams, honey and maple syrup, museum featuring Old World Swiss carvings, antique cheese-making equipment Amish artifacts and historical photos, 15815 Nauvoo Road, Middlefield, Ohio 44062, 800-327-9477. Closed Sundays.
Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op A co-op of small farmers in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania practicing natural & sustainable farming, farmers refrain from use of growth hormones or steroids to assure a delicious all natural product, 100% grass-fed milk, cows are fed no grains in order to produce a uniquely flavored artisanal cheese that is hand made the old-fashioned way, featuring Marble, Colby, Marble Hot Pepper, Hot Pepper, Monterey Jack, Mild Cheddar, Co-Jack Longhorn, cheese curds, Holmes County meats, Amish roll butter, homemade jams & jellies, candies, gift boxes, deli subs, party trays, general store, watch cheese being made, 16942 Kinsman Road, Middlefield, Ohio 44062, 440-632-5567. Closed Sundays.
Guggisberg Cheese Home of the Original Baby Swiss, over 60 varieties of imported and local cheeses, watch cheese being made weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - noon, seasonal hours, located between Millersburg and Berlin just north of Charm on SR 557, 330-893-2500 or 1-800-262-2505.
Minerva Cheese Manufacturer of natural cheese and butter since 1935, family owned and operated, currently operating in the 4th and 5th generations, Cheddar, Colby, Swiss, Baby Swiss, lowfat-low salt Lacey Swiss, smoked natural cheeses, yogurt, seasoned yogurt cheeses and certified Kosher cheeses, natural cheese and butter hand crafted using milk from local family-owned dairy farms, founder Max P. Radloff started stirring curds in Minerva on March 10, 1935 with his signature cheddar recipe, the same recipe still used today, Master Cheese Makers Phil Mueller and Mark Banner invite you to be apart of the family traditions and experience their line of natural cheeses and butter, get your picture taken with Lacey May their giant cow! 430 Radloff Avenue, Minerva, Ohio 44657, 330-868-4196 Ext. 114, Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri: 12-6, Wed & Sat: 9-3. Closed Sundays.
Troyer's Country Market Home of Troyer Cheese and Amish Wedding Foods, over 120 varieties of cheese, old-fashioned meats, beef jerky, bulk foods and spices, fresh produce, pickled baby beats, pickles, peaches, salsas, relishes, free samples, baked goods, candies and sprinkles, specialty drinks, over 45 years in business, SR 39, Berlin, Ohio 44610, 330-893-3786.
Walnut Creek Cheese Berlin location featuring bulk foods, meats, cheeses, 5262 North Market Street, Berlin, Ohio 44610, 330-893-3273.
Shisler's Cheese House Family owned country store since 1958, carrying Heggy's and Coblentz Chocolates, Troyer's Trail Bologna, cheese curds, jerky, carb free baked cheese, free samples, tourist info available, 55 Kidron Road, Orrville, Ohio 44667, corner of Kidron Road and US 30, 330-682-2105, open 7 days, Mon-Sat 8-7, Sunday 9-6.
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