Our first stop on the Wisconsin cheese tour was in Monroe. We checked out Chalet cheese co-op, which is the only creamery in the United States that is making Limburger cheese. Their limburger represents 20 percent of the company’s production. They are also known for their Baby Swiss, German Brick, Swiss, Natural Smoked Swiss and rBST-free cheese.
Chalet cheese is a farmer-owned co-op which was founded in 1885. Their products are distributed under brands such as Deppeler and Country Castle.
Cheesemaker Myron Olson introduced us to the history of Chalet and how he got into the cheese making business. He clearly loves his job! I would too and doubt I’d ever really get sick of being around cheese!
Karis and I sported lovely hair nets and all in order to tour the facility.
Cheese making tools.
Holly’s face is priceless here!
I tried a piece of the curd and it didn’t really taste like anything at that point.
It was cool to see the guys working while we toured.
The Limburger cheese room. It was stinky in there, but I got used to it after a while.
The wooden boards the cheese sits on have been inoculated with the correct bacteria.
I believe this was Swiss cheese before it was put into the warm room.
Clearly they have won many awards over the years!
Packaging the cheese up!
Myron showed us how they take a part of the Swiss cheese out to test the flavor.
After the tour, we were able to try the varieties. I loved the baby swiss!
I honestly didn’t love the limburger. It’s definitely an acquired taste. Although, I must admit that it was yummy with the strawberry jam.
While the public can’t tour the facility, you can walk in and buy some cheese!
I loved this sign!
Thank you to Myron Olson and Chalet for giving us a wonderful and in-depth tour of your facility! Next time I am in Green County, I’d love to go back there and buy some cheese from the co-op, especially their baby Swiss. I did see that the West Allis cheese and sausage shoppe sells the Deppeler Swiss.
I was able to tour Chalet cheese co-op as part of a trip paid for by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing board. My opinions are my own.