As we head into fall, then winter, it's time to think about things like calendars for next year. Jeanne Carpenter, the genius behind Wisconsin Cheese Originals, has just the thing for you - a gorgeous calendar featuring all of your favorite Wisconsin Cheesemakers. And it's not just a lot of fluff - the calendar features exceptional photos and information about each cheesemaker and their products. It's a great way to learn a little bit more about Wisconsin cheese, especially if it's something you're not familiar with.
For example, look to the left over there: that's Andy Hatch on the cover. He's pretty popular right now - not that he wasn't before, but you know what I mean- because he's the cheesemaker at Uplands Cheese Co., makers of Pleasant Ridge Reserve, the cheese that won Best in Show honors at the just concluded 2010 American Cheese Society competition. He's holding the very cheese that won (in fact, Uplands only makes one cheese). Pretty cool! Among the other cheesemakers included in the calender are Willi Lehner of Bleu Mont Dairy, Brenda Jensen of Hidden Springs Creamery and Myron Olson of Chalet Cheese Cooperative, who is responsible for the resurrection of Liederkranz, a German cheese that resembles Limburger.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wisconsin Licensed Cheesemaker Scholarship, which Wisconsin Cheese Originals gives to a Wisconsin resident pursuing a license in cheesemaking (required in the state). So by purchasing this calendar you benefit an up and coming artisan cheesemaker as well.
So enough of those boring chocolate lab puppy calendars, those "Waterfalls of the West" calendars, those dreary tropical beach scenes. Think bigger for next year....think something you love....think cheese. I'm certain this is what you're going to need to set a new tone going into 2011.
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Portrait of a Wisconsin Artisan Cheesemaker Calendar $19.95 - - for more info and to order, click HERE
a portion of the proceeds benefit the Wisconsin Licensed Cheesemaker Scholarship fund