Before you sample the Colby. Before the curd is pressed. Before the milk is pumped. It starts with the cow. And caring for each and every cow—from the Holstein to the Brown Swiss to the Jersey—is our family farmers. They work 365 days a year, taking pride to care for their cows, so those ladies can produce high quality milk for the cheese and butter on your table.
The farmers that make up the member-owned cooperative behind the Heritage Ridge Creamery are local business owners following a family tradition. Many of these farmers have been farming their land for multiple generations and share a passion for dairy farming.
They rise early in the morning every day for first milking, but don’t rest until their work is done. They are good stewards of the land they rely on—always practicing sensible sustainable practices to ensure a viable business to pass down to the next generation. And above all, they focus on the health and well-being of their animals, a practice verified through enrollment in the National Dairy FARM Program.
The Heritage Ridge Creamery is owned and operated by these very farmers. They milk the cows, tend the soil and participate in the governance of their cooperative. Their values, their pride in their product guides the creamery in crafting our cheese.