Meet Milton - Iowa's Award-Winning Family Creamery
Milton Creamery is the result of a dream. Since the opening of their farmstead family business in 2006, the Musser family continues to make their dream of doing something to help others in the agriculture world and beyond a reality everyday. They do this through exceptional cheesemaking, which adds value to the milk for dairy farmers and creates jobs in the local community while bringing people everywhere, delicious, responsibly-made products created with art and passion from Southeast Iowa.
Husband and wife co-founders, Rufus and Jane Musser, with their three sons, Junior, Galen, and Mark dedicate their lives to dairy farming--a perfect pair with their Mennonite faith. The Mussers get all of their milk from cows on nearby, small Amish dairy farms. Herds are managed and milked by the immediate family, and all of the herds contain fewer than 65 cows. The farmers that provide milk to Milton Creamery don't give their cows artificial growth hormones, like rBGH and rBST, and the cows are grazed throughout much of the year. In the winter, the farmers continue to provide the cows with quality feed. This classic approach to dairy farming creates simply delicious milk used at Milton Creamery.
The Musser family mixes fresh ingredients, art, and passion to create fine cheese...just the whey you like it!
In the creamery, the Musser's son, Galen, has been in charge of making the cheese at Milton Creamery since he was sixteen. He loves what he does and his passion has paid off. At just seventeen years old, Galen brought home his first cheese award for the U.S. Cheese Championship: Prairie Breeze won Best of Class in the Open Hard category. Since then, Prairie Breeze has won several awards the world over.
Milton Creamery's most renowned cheese, Prairie Breeze is a twist on a well-aged white Cheddar style cheese, aged for a minimum of 9 month, made with vegetarian rennet and no added color. Sweeter than your typical cheddar with lots of flavor, crumbly yet creamy with a little crunch from the calcium crystals developed during the aging process.
In addition to the classic Prairie Breeze, we're big fans of Milton's flavored cheddars: 4 Alarm (crafted with host, chili, chipotle, and jalapeño peppers), Black Pepper, Caramelized Onion, Garden Vegetable, and Tomato Garlic!