Rush Creek Reserve

The Uplands area of Wisconsin is an expanse of rolling hills and valleys that were left untouched by the Ice Age glaciers -- the same glaciers that later helped to form Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and the many lakes dotting the Wisconsin landscape. Today, the land is home to Uplands Cheese Company, where the cows graze seasonally on a ridgetop of rich grasses and herbs.

Inspired by Vacherin Mont d'Or, cheesemaker Andy Hatch wanted to make a seasonal cheese that reflected the region's terroir. He tailored the Mont d'Or process to the farm's own milk supply and ripening environments, and created a soft, raw cow's milk cheese made from the rich milk that the herd gives in the fall. The wheels, which are washed as they ripen, are wrapped in thin strips of spruce bark. The beefy paste is luscious and silky and best eaten with a spoon.

Available seasonally.

Farm / Company: Uplands Cheese

Cheesemaker: Andy Hatch

Proprietor: Mike & Carol Gingrich and Dan & Jeanne Patenaude

Affineur: Andy Hatch

City, State: Dodgeville, WI

Region: Midwest

Country: USA

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Washed, bark wrapped

Texture: Soft

Aging: 60 days

Size(s): 12 ounce round