|Typical Scene in Holmes County Ohio - Grade B Milk is Shipped for Cheesemaking|
Prior to refrigeration, the only means of preserving milk was to make it into cheese. An elderly Amish man, Johnny Y Schlabach, who lived to age 101, was the cheesemaker at the Honey Run Dairy Company, today the home of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, told me, "If you want good cheese, don't let your cows get into apples." He explained that something in the apples will ruin the cheese. He also said that every time they had to make cheese, they had to kill a calf because they needed the enzymes from the calf's stomach. At that time there were many cheese houses in Holmes County, one about every few miles. Farmers took their cheese to the local cheese house by buggy, cart, or hack. Between the late 1800's and into the mid 1900's, in Walnut Creek Township alone, there were eight cheese factories. In the early 1900's there were about 50 cheesehouses in Holmes County.
Every year millions of pounds of cheese is made from milk produced in eastern Ohio. Many varieties of top-quality cheese may be purchased from cheesehouses in the greater Holmes County area. Include a cheese house visit on your next Amish Country vacation.
Broad Run Cheesehouse & Swiss Heritage Winery offers 30 cheese varieties that may be paired with one of their many fine wines. A nice vacation stop.
|Heini's Cheese Near Berlin, Ohio|
Heini's Cheese Chalet in Berlin, Ohio is a cheese-producing facility where you may enjoy a free factory tour and sample many different varieties of cheeses. Recommended stop.
|Guggisberg Cheese in Charm, Ohio|
Brewster Dairy, a large producer in Wayne County cuts and packages over 200,000 pounds of swiss cheese daily. Their Big Cheese Shoppe presently is under construction, not available for retail sales.
Pearl Valley located in Coshocton County is known for a number of award-winning cheeses. Just south of Holmes County, a stop is worth your time to stop and sample or watch cheesemaking in the morning hours.
Yaggi Cheese in New Philadelphia, third generation cheesemaker, offers fines cheeses and many other local food products. Recommended stop.
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Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
December 27, 2011