The Ford and Welsh families had a dream to build a creamery in the community they love. And they did just that at the mouth of Weber Canyon in a valley between the forested Wasatch Mountains in Ogden, Utah.
With help from the Western Dairy Center at Utah State University and Big D Construction, they opened their doors and filled their first tiny vat in 2005 (see photo). A lean budget steered them to equipment that had more cheesemaking experience than they did at the time!
Over the last 15 years the creamery has grown, and newer equipment introduced. We’ve graduated from one small vat, to a double vat system that allows for efficiencies in production - but not a ton of space in the make room.
We’re often asked about tours, and truthfully, we never thought in a million years that cheesemaking would be so interesting to the public. When we built the creamery, we did not design to accommodate cheese enthusiasts.
Since our growth, we are literally piling cheese and equipment sky-high and in every nook, and cranny. Tours are offered in summer or when production slows at the creamery so we can provide a safe experience for our fans. Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram, this is where we announce scheduled tours.
Check out this time-lapse video taken over a period of 4 hours to get a sense of how we make cheese, and the size of our humble creamery.