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Uplands Cheese

Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Upland’s signature cheese, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, is made only from raw grass-fed cow’s milk. Uplands’ dairy cows represent many breeds; cheesemaker Andy Hatch believes that starting with more complexities in the milk due to breed variation leads to more complexity in the finished cheese. Southwest Wisconsin’s limestone-rich terroir provides some of the world’s best grass, and in order to fully express that terroir, Pleasant Ridge is made only during the spring and summer when animals are on pasture, and the team determines each day whether the grass quality is right to make cheese.

 

Each wheel of Pleasant Ridge is hand washed and turned once a day for the first two weeks, and then washed and turned regularly after that. One wheel of every batch is set aside for testing, so that each cheese is sold close to the peak of its flavor and maturity. The finest wheels are selected for extra aging.

 
Pleasant Ridge Reserve bears a strong resemblance to the Alpine cheeses Gruyere and Beaufort, the recipes for which inspired this cheese. Uplands uses a slightly slower and more delicate cook process in order to preserve more natural milk flavor even as the cheese is aged. Because Uplands’ herd of about 150 cows is grazing naturally, they produce less milk than a confinement-feeding operation; even at full capacity, Andy makes no more than 80 wheels of Pleasant Ridge a day.
 

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Pleasant Ridge Reserve 

Q3100010 · Raw Cow’s Milk · Firm · Wheel · 10 lb
 

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Pleasant Ridge Reserve Extra Aged 

Q3100040 · Raw Cow’s Milk · Firm · Wheel · 10 lb
Very Limited Availability 

 

 

Rush Creek Reserve 

Q3100070 · Raw Cow’s Milk · Soft · Wedge · 12 oz. 
Seasonal, Limited Availability November-January

 

 

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