Willapa Hills Cheese is Growing!
Willapa Hills Cheese produces some of the best blue cheese in America. Our Big Boy Blue (on the right) won a Blue Ribbon in 2012, placing it in a select group of American artisan cheeses. The farm is proud to be a local employer and attracts interns from all around North America. We love welcoming community members and friends, new and old, to visit the farm, sample some cheese and enjoy the natural beauty of the Willapa Hills.
We hope you’ll click around and learn more about our farm, and we really hope you’ll become a Squareholder by lending funds to support our growing business!
From the beginning, Willapa Hills Cheese has been mission-driven. Before we had cheese, dairy sheep or even a farm, we had a vision:
We are committed to the value of family farms, local food production and community involvement. We hold the conviction that sustainability and profitability can go hand-in-hand. And we understand that human health is integrally linked with environmental health.
To live out our mission, Willapa Hills Cheese has three goals:
- To create exceptional farmstead and artisan cheese and dairy products in an environment that supports and nurtures healthy family and community life;
- To enhance the awareness of and appreciation for artisan cheese and other natural farm products through product sales, hands-on learning and special events;
- To establish a place of welcome, education and hospitality for our family, friends and community.
While cheese may be at the center of this family farm and business, the real work is about so much more!
At first our community was made up of only our closest family and friends who supported our dream (even if they thought that dream and the dreamers were a bit crazy!). As time went on, our community expanded to include farm and creamery staff, neighbors and new friends who began to share in our dream and take an active part in helping make it a reality.
As Willapa Hills began to produce cheese and sell it at Washington and Oregon farmers markets, our community expanded again, with new customers from Cannon Beach and Hollywood in Oregon to Broadway and the University District in Washington– people sharing their enthusiasm as new products were developed and seasonal ones came and went.
Next we were joined in community with retail partners who had the patience and commitment to work with us as we enhance the stability and shelf-life of their products so that whole new groups of customers could come to know and appreciate Willapa Hills’ natural cheese and dairy products and thus become part of our community as well.
We have spent eight years building a large community of people who share the value of natural handcrafted food made on a family farm. This year, we are inviting our community to join us for our first two farm events – A Midsummers Night Bonfire & Barn Dance in June and a Cider and Sausage Fest in September.
Thus begins the next chapter of Willapa Hills’ story. Here’s to community! Willapa Hills Cheese couldn’t exist here without it – without you!