We offer a variety of farmstead natural rind cheeses including
Alpine Style, Gouda, and Clothbound Cheddar made on our farm located in Kent, Ohio.
All of our cheeses are aged on beechwood boards cut from the timber of our own farm. Continue reading below to learn more about our local artisan cheese, hand-crafted from the whole raw milk of our select herd of Ayrshire cows.
Farmstead cheese is especially unique because all milk used for cheesemaking must be produced on the farm. This presents many special challenges, but since we manage the entire process from start to finish, we are able to produce cheese of extremely high quality. At Old Forge Dairy, we are the same people milking and feeding cows, baling hay, fixing equipment, making cheese and so much more! Our lives are labor intensive, but also full of the many blessings of raising our family on a farm. We are in control and meticulous about cleanliness, cow comfort and making a quality product. Our cheese is hand-crafted with care and attention and then aged on beechwood boards cut from the timber of our own farm.
Our cheese is made from milk that is unpasteurized and non-homogenized. We do not take short cuts and work hard to produce clean, healthy milk to turn into a variety of mouth watering cheeses. Plus, raw milk contains beneficial bacteria that help us produce cheese with complex wonderful flavors.
In other words, "Get hammered with flavor!"
-John Oravets (a cheesy blacksmith)
Ayrshires are a heritage breed of cattle that are beautiful, healthy and strong. Ayrshire milk has been highly prized for cheesemaking for ages, and we couldn't agree more. Each cow has her own distinctive markings, disposition, and of course, name!
Ready to experience one or all of our cheeses?
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