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The big cheese of micro-creameries

Most of us live within a few miles of several microbreweries and can list dozens of our favorite craft beers. But can you name your favorite micro-creamery? Located in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, Cosmic Wheel Creamery is keeping the tradition of farmstead small-batch cheese making alive — a craft that shares not only the science of fermentation with…  Read More

A day in the life of a Minnesota cheesemaker

Jodi Ohlsen Read has a short commute, but still a much longer day than most of us. Starting at 6 a.m., Jodi walks a few hundred feet from her farm house to her dairy where she is cheesemaker and owner of Shepherd’s Way Farm, along with her husband Steven. Jodi spends the day here, making…  Read More

Fresh Cheese Curds at the Market

Originally published in the Downtown Journal on May 16, 2017. Fresh cheese curds are one of the best parts about grocery shopping at farmers markets. The fresh and squeaky bite-sized morsels are products of heating fresh milk and adding rennet (enzymes) that clot the milk. The milk continues to clot as it is cooked, and…  Read More

6 Tips for Building the Perfect Cheese Platter

The Holidays can be stressful enough without the thought of studying to be cheese monger for every party. Let the Mill City Farmers Market help you build the perfect cheese platter full of delicious local farmstead cheeses! Pick a theme. Light appetizer cheeses (Singing Hills chevre) or full-flavored and rich dessert cheeses like an aged gouda or cheddar…  Read More