Farmers » Ludwig Farmstead Creamery
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Ludwig Farmstead Creamery is located in Fithian, Illinois; about 2 ½ hours South of Chicago, halfway between Champaign and Danville. The Creamery was the vision of Jacob (“Jake”) V. Ludwig, a University of Illinois graduate with a chemistry degree and a passion for cheese making. Jake recognized the synergy and great potential of using the morning-fresh milk from his father’s blue-ribbon cows to handcraft traditional artisan cheeses right on the farm. Upon graduating in 2009, Jake studied for a year as a cheese making intern in Pennsylvania, developing his own specialized Havarti-style cheese seasoned with habanero peppers. He then returned to Fithian where he designed and built the cheese making facility. Sadly, Jake lost his life before the cheese production came to fruition. To continue Jake’s dream, Jake’s father, Dave Ludwig hired a Dutch Cheese maker, Fons Smits, who developed several award winning recipes.
Today Ludwig Farmstead Creamery continues to produce a line of European style, artisan aged, and fresh cheeses in small batches. The creamery's small batch cheeses are made with day-fresh milk supplied from their own Holstein cows, on their Illinois farm. They are very proud to have received the animal welfare certification, Certified Humane, for the raising and handling of their cattle. Ludwig love their cows and their cows love them! Taste the local wholesome goodness in every bite.