Bohemian Blue

Hidden Springs Farm perches atop a beautiful green ridge in the heart of the Coulee on the patchwork terrain of Wisconsin's "Driftless Area" (the area that the glacier skipped). Brenda and Dean Jensen milk a herd of about 100 Lacaune and East Friesian sheep. In keeping with their sustainable financial and environmental vision, they employ Amish neighbors for milking and construction, use Percheron draft horses - not tractors - to plow their fields and use donkeys to keep coyotes and other predators away from their herd.

Bohemian Blue is made in collaboration with the Jensen's neighbor, veteran cheesemakers Hook's Cheese Company. Brenda and Dean bring their sheep milk to the Hook's plant in Mineral Point where cheesemakers Tony, Julie, and Jerry Hook turn the fabulous milk into Bohemian Blue. After aging in the Hooks' caves for about 4 to 6 weeks, the cheese is taken back to Hidden Springs Creamery to finish curing. Named after Brenda's grandparents, who were Bohemian in origin, this cheese is delicately crumbly with a sweet, slightly sour finish. The label, reminiscent of her appreciation of her grandparents, states: "For people with artistic or literary interests who disregard conventional standards of behavior."

Farm / Company: Hidden Springs

Cheesemaker: Brenda Jensen



City, State: Westby, Wisconsin

Region: Midwest

Country: USA

Milk Type: Sheep

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Vegetarian

Rind: Rindless

Texture: Firm

Aging: 4 months

Size(s): 5 pounds