Ludwig Farmstead Creamery is a European-style, farmstead creamery located in Fithian, Illinois. It sits on Feathercreek Farm, a 150-acre, fifth-generation family farm originally settled in 1866. The Ludwig family's primary business is the care and breeding of high pedigree, purebred Holstein dairy cattle.
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. He 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, the Ludwigs hired Fons Smits, who developed several award winning recipes. Our small batch, handcrafted artisan cheese is made with day-fresh milk supplied from our own holstein cows. Our Creamery Manager brings extensive technical knowledge and practical experience in small-scale creamery operation. He continues to produce a line of European-style, raw milk cheese includes:
~ Traditional Dutch Farmstead Gouda
~ Feather Ridge, an Alpine-style cheese
~Jake's Wheel, a Havarti-type cheese available in Plain, Dutch Garden Herb, Habanero, Bacon, Mustard, and Friesian Fields
~ Kickapoo, a German-style cheese reminiscent of Buterkase
~ Vermilion River Blue - a triple cream cheese with a soft texture punctuated with gentle blue veins.
~ Sangamon - made with fresh pasteurized milk, and added cream, this cheese has a velvety texture and fresh, mild buttery flavor.
The cheeses are sold regionally through Farmers Markets, through select supermarkets, gourmet shops and cheese shops, and can be ordered directly from our Buy Cheese page.