|Jul 28, 2011 --
Outline of Need:
There is a large and growing market for artisan cheese. Grant Kohler owns a working 75 year-old family dairy farm in Midway, Utah and needed an avenue to produce and provide raw milk, fresh cheese curd, high-end specialty and gourmet cheeses, and ice cream to local and regional markets.
How Rural Development Helped:
Through the Business and Industry Guaranteed loan program and a partnership with a local guaranteed lender—American Bank of Commerce, a loan was approved for the new company, “Heber Valley Artisan Cheese,” to build the processing plant, and sales store, market the products, and fund working capital.
Since Mr. Kohler received the loan, Heber Valley Artisan Cheese Plant and retail sales location has been built and opened to the public.
The new creamery sells not only home grown raw milk, but also aged cheeses made with raw milk, and fresh cheese made with pasteurized milk, all from their own dairy herd. In fact, the pastured and free of antibiotics cows graze outside the window of the new cheese making plant.
The new and unique creamery will be mixing the art-technology and old-fashioned sensibility with five full time employees and 5 part time employees with expectations of substantial job growth in future years, which is a real impact for this tiny town settled by Swiss in the late 1800’s.
The multi-generation active dairy will continue to raise the cows, produce the milk and now make cheese. Customers can be assured of quality, care, safety, and all–natural goodness, and it all happens right in quaint Heber Valley. The Creamery’s Mission Statement says it all, “Our passion is to provide superior farm-fresh cheese from our dairy to you.”