Cedar Grove Cheese

Farm/Brand HeadquartersPlain, WI
Market AreaCA, East, Midwest, Web Sales
Total Score1155

Cedar Grove Cheese is the quintessential small, family-owned cheese plant in Wisconsin. Once commonly dotting the countryside, in almost every rural community, Cedar Grove is now more like a living museum today. Their dedication to making high-quality specialty cheeses, and concentrating on organics, has allowed them to remain in business, a real asset to their community.

Half of their milk comes from smaller family-scale farmers (“patrons”) who ship exclusively to Cedar Grove, the other half they purchase from farmer-owned cooperatives, also dominated by smaller farms.

TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 1155
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure80Family-owned business
Milk Supply75Milk from independent producers and a trusted cooperative
Organic Production50Markets both organic and conventional products
Disclosure of Information for Verification90Excellent disclosure
Organic Certification90Majority of farms certified by Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA), with some certified by Oregon Tilth and NCIS
Other Labels/Standards0None
Grass-fed40Meets USDA minimum percent intake requirements
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture75Good pasture compliance
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate75Moderate cull rate
Replacements75Majority of herds closed
Calves75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage50Not to their knowledge; reproductive hormones may be used therapeutically
Farm Support90Representatives visit farm regularly
Procurement of Ingredients100No outside ingredients used
Extra Credit0None