There are few things in life that excites me as much as finding a new really good cheese. I am not sure if my husband has it easy or hard because of that. Last year Hubs planned a surprise 29th birthday party for me and as part of the surprise we ended up at Wollersheim Winery. The wine was fantastic, the friends were fun and we had an awesome time. As we were shopping for wine at the end of the tour we came across a little table with some cheese on it. One little piece was all it took and I was hooked on this cheese like a Kardashian is hooked on being on camera.
So please let me introduce you the the king of the cheese drawer in our house. World, meet Montamore from Sartori cheese. Yes, if you read this blog with any regularity you’ve seen me talk about my love for this cheese. But today’s post isn’t just about Montamore. Today’s post is about the Sartori family, their factory and the cheese that’s taking the cheese world by storm.
One of the perks of this blog is the opportunities it has created for me to meet people that I normally wouldn’t have an excuse to meet. When June Dairy Month came around I set out to highlight some of my favorite Wisconsin companies and one call to Sartori and I had the ultimate field trip to the Northwoods planned. While I had hoped to interview someone from Sartori, I never expected to be invited to not only tour the cheese plant but actually make cheese with their master cheesemaker and then take a trip to meet one of the families that ship their milk to Sartori. I hung up the phone and called my husband. His first thought when hearing the glee in my voice was that I had just purchased a herd of the cutest cows in the world… that’s right, I love this cheese as much as I love cows.
So the biggest question I had for the folks at Sartori after I found out that they have been in business for over 70 years is how in the world had I only just discovered them in the last year? It seems that they have been burning up the awards stages at cheese shows for years but until about 6 years ago they only sold their cheese wholesale to other companies that used it as an ingredient in their products. Then one day the folks had a thought, they knew their cheese was good, they all kept it on hand for eating, why weren’t they sharing their cheese with the rest of the world? That stroke of genius has enabled the rest of us to enjoy the quality work that goes into each wheel and block of Sartori cheese and now I get to share my day with Sartori!
So I got to make cheese. I got to make one of my most favorite cheeses of all time. I got to meet the guy that’s behind the cheese. I got to meet the hard working folks at Sartori in Antigo and then…..
So after a morning of making cheese and then eating cheese the awesome folks are Sartori took me out to tour one of the farms that sends their milk to Sartori. The Schropefer family was kind enough to show me around their farm. They had just hosted the Langlade County Breakfast on the Farm the previous weekend so I know they were probably already behind on chores but they were kind enough to take time out for a tour. I love meeting farmers and of course I loved seeing their cows. No surprise, I was talking too much and didn’t take as many pictures as I could of.
I am really proud to be a part of the cheese and dairy industry here in Wisconsin. I love to introduce the cheese that our farmers and cheesemakers craft so well. I really would like you all to find some Sartori cheese and try it out. Heck, just go buy yourself any cheese and as you enjoy it take a moment to think about the work and passion that went into producing that cheese. From the cows, to the farmers, to the cheesemakers, to your plate, with love and pride from Wisconsin to you…. Yum.