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Prairie Pure Cheese

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Brian Gerloff
815 568-5000
P.O. Box 805
Belvidere, IL 61008
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Specialties

cows milk cheeses

Participation

  • Indoor and outdoor markets
  • Saturdays

Bio

Prairie Pure Cheese is a cooperative between a small dairy and its veterinarian, working together to produce high-quality artisan cheeses. Todd and Brenda Aves and their children, Allison, Hayden, Madeline, and Bryson raise 90 cows on their farm, which has been in the family for over 100 years. Brian (pictured) and Carole Gerloff, along with sons Joseph and Robert, are the other partners. Brian served as the herd veterinarian for the Aves dairy. The key to the operation’s success is in its cows: they are fed a diet of homegrown forages and grains and live in a comfortable environment with access to pasture during the warmer months. Prairie Pure’s specialty is butterkase cheese, which is used in the crepes and grilled cheese sold at the Market. The cooperative also makes mild and medium sharp cheddar, Swiss, Gouda, feta, and blue  cheese. They work with several different master cheesemakers, each having an opportunity to showcase their individual specialty.  Prairie Pure is always looking for suggestions for new varieties as well!


Certifications

  • American Humane Certified

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2613 W. Lawrence Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625

(773) 880-1266

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