Even a talented cheesemaker can only do so much with average-quality milk, according to Ben Shibler, cheese manager and head cheesemaker at Ponderosa Farmstead in Kewaunee.

At farmstead cheese operations, like Ponderosa Farmstead, Feltz’s Dairy Store in Stevens Point and Redhead Creamery in central Minnesota, the milk used in making cheese on-site is as fresh as can be, coming straight from the farm’s cows to the cheese production facility for processing.

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