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Utah Cheese Makers

Small Utah dairies are finding customers for locally-made cheese.


GoatsGrainDSC_1374_optDrake Family Farm

Surrounded by the expanding suburbs of West Jordan is a lane named after the family who has been farming 10 acres there for six generations. The lane is off the busy Redwood Rd. and leads to small store, the family home, 300 goats, milking and creamery facilities, and pasture.

This little spot remains a farm despite the encroachment of big business and heavy traffic.

The herd is really the strength of Drake farm. The family has been in farming for over a century and according to Richard Drake, “have always been competitive in the show ring.” So much so that their animals are in huge demand, and sold to 4-Her’s, other breeders, and milk producers. They were successful with animal breeding and then became a dairy. Drake said because they are now well established, “it’s easier to go to other dairies to ask how they do things, like how to build your equipment. We’d like to do what we do better, make better facilities, and cut down on the time and labor it takes to do things.”

Rockhill Creamery

Rockhill is located in Cache Valley in the town of Richmond, 563 S. State Street.  Rockhill produces cheeses from raw milk from their own cows. Some varieties they make are Dark/Snow Canyon Edam, Farmhouse Gouda, Boo Boo Baby Swiss and Desert Red Feta. Visit http://www.rockhillcheese.com/index.html to purchase their products online.

Shepherd’s Cheese

Shepherds’ Cheese is located in Erda, Utah in Tooele Valley. Their cheeses are made from all natural ingredients in an eco-friendly environment. They feature a goat cheese Chevre and Feta along with cheese curds. Visit http://www.shepherdscheese.com/ to order online.

Beehive Cheese

With a retail store  in Uintah, Utah at 2440 E. 6600 S. Beehive Cheese offers innovative cheese products.

Barely Buzzed is a espresso and lavender hand-rubbed cheese. Promontory is an Irish style cheese. Their Apple Walnut Smoked Cheese is made with Utah walnut wood and slices of red apples. Buy online at https://www.beehivecheese.com/ , at their retail store or at Harmons Grocery.    

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