7 Perfect Stops for Cheese Lovers in Northern Wisconsin
As you may have heard, cheese is a pretty big deal in Wisconsin. While dairy farms and cheese factories are more prevalent in the rolling farmlands of southern and central Wisconsin, you may be surprised to find that there are several gems for the cheese lover tucked away in northern Wisconsin, too. While you’re Up North in the late winter and early spring, on a mission to get in some quality snowmobiling or cross-country skiing before the trails close for the season, we highly recommend taking a cheese break at one of these fantastic farms, factories, and specialty cheese shops found right here in northern Wisconsin.
Dairy Farms and Factories
Mullins Cheese – Mosinee
You’ll find a wide variety of cheeses to love at Mullins Cheese’s retail store, whether you’re looking for a spread of specialty cheeses or squeaky cheese curds “fresh out of the vat.” You’ll also enjoy Mullins’s selection of Wisconsin souvenirs, gourmet food items, ice cream (April to October), and deep-fried cheese curds. You can all about their operations by watching their video tour. For more information, call (715) 693-3205 or visit mullinscheese.com.
Springside Cheese Corporation – Oconto Falls
Springside Cheese enjoys a long history and rich tradition of providing Wisconsin with fine handcrafted cheeses, specializing in cheddar, Colby, Monterey Jack, and other specialty varieties. Founded in the rolling terrain of northeastern Wisconsin in 1908, Springside is one of the region’s longest-running factories. Come to its retail outlet in Oconto Falls to delight in more than 25 varieties of cheeses and gifts. You can view operations through the observation window or take a prearranged tour. For more information or to schedule a tour, call (920) 829-6395 or visit springsidecheese.com.
Burnett Dairy Cooperative – Grantsburg
At the Burnett Dairy Cooperative, you can explore and enjoy more than 100 varieties of cheese (including fresh squeaky cheese curds), gourmet food products, ice cream, craft beer, spirits, wine, and gifts. Or you can grab a bite at the Bistro, which features gourmet soups, sandwiches, salads, and, of course, fried cheese curds. Wine and cheese aficionados enjoy coming to Burnett Dairy Cooperative for free cheese samples and free wine tastings (Friday through Sunday). For more information, call (715) 689-2468 or visit burnettdairy.com.
North Country Cheese – Almena
North Country Cheese offers a variety of cheeses, including a great selection of one-pound cheeses (from fresh Colby and Pepper Jack to Cheddar aged up to 10 years), highly snackable fresh cheese curds, family-sized six-pound deli horns, cheese spreads, and string cheese for a healthy snack. For more information, call (715) 357-3080 or visit northcountrycheese.com.
Specialty Cheese Shops
Benoit Cheese Haus – Mason
A trip to this old-fashioned specialty retail cheese shop is a must for cheese lovers traveling through Bayfield County! Benoit Cheese Haus carries 150 varieties of Wisconsin’s finest cheese—from fresh curds to 16-year-old Cheddar—for you to sample and purchase. You can also design a custom cheese tray for your next event or gift box for a fellow cheese lover. The shop also carries locally made honey and syrup, specialty meats, soaps, candles, wines, and more. For more information, call (715) 746-2561 or visit benoitcheese.com.
The Cheese Board of Wisconsin – Minocqua
The Cheese Board of Wisconsin is a favorite stop for Minocqua visitors. It is stocked with classic Wisconsin cheeses (Swiss, Havarti, Colby, and cheddar) and imports; delicious gift boxes chock full of cheese, snacks, and candy; fudge; meats and snacks; and more. For more information, call (877) 230-1338 or visit thecheeseboard.com.
The Cheese Shoppe – Tomahawk
The Cheese Shoppe carries a large selection of Wisconsin specialty cheeses (from Harmony Specialty Dairy, Holland Family Farm, Sartori, and many more) and other distinctive Wisconsin food items (such as Wisconsin summer sausages, Amish Country hand-rolled butter, cheesecakes, maple syrup, honey, jam, baking mixes, salsas, lake-harvested wild rice, and bread made right in Tomahawk). They also stock wines from Door Peninsula, Parallel 44, Three Lakes, von Stiehl, White Winter, and Wollersheim wineries. For more information, call (715) 224-2627 or visit The Cheese Shoppe’s Facebook page.
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