One Step Above Organic
Our cheese is made on family farms using organic methods. They produce Raw Milk Cheese from grass fed Jersey cows. We use toxic free farming methods like our forefathers did a century ago. Our healthy cows are never force-fed, to produce more milk than they were designed to produce. This is one of the reasons why our Farmstead Natural Cheese is so delicious and nutritious.
Artificial fertilizers, synthetic hormones or toxic pesticides are never used on our dairy farms. Many natural nutrients in milk are altered or destroyed by heating to temperatures that exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
Therefore, we do not pasteurize our milk and our cheese making recipe temperatures never exceed 103 degrees. All of our cheese meets the Federal Law specifications because none of our cheese leaves our curing cellars until it is aged at least 60 days.
Research at Utah State University has confirmed that cows grazing on pasture have up to 500% more Conjugated Linoleic Acid in milk fat which are very potent Cancer fighters. They also found additional calcium and protein as well as vitamins in grass fed milk! Produced by our families, under sanitary State Inspected conditions, for your health and enjoyment!
Who We Are
Eldore Hanni was the first born son of Gottfried Hanni. Gottfried was a recent immigrant from Switzerland. Eldore was born in an apartment, above his father's cheese factory. Eldore became a licensed Wisconsin Cheese Maker at age 17.
In the next 50 years, he became one of the nation's most experienced, professional cheese makers. Eldore developed several cheese recipes, winning blue ribbons. He designed and established a number of cheese factories across the nation. Penn Cheese, near Winfield, PA, is now famous for making one of the nation's most delicious Baby Swiss Cheese and is one of the cheese factories that he developed.
Early in 2004, Eldore, and his friend Robert Webb, formed the Farmstead Fresh business. The business was designed to help small family dairy farms stay in business and prosper. Eldore trained environmentally conscious dairy people to make health promoting raw milk cheese, using only milk from grass fed cows.
The Farmstead Cheese website offers a marketing arena for family cheese makers. Eldore has trained these farms to produce a variety of some of the world's most delicious, health promoting cheese products.
Eldore passed away in July 2012. His daughter Lenore has carried on the Farmstead Fresh business since 2012, and she has become ever more aware of the importance of continuing to have these nutritious products available for the environmental and health conscious consumer.