BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATION of a dear friend, whose sons have worked in a Faribault area based festival concession stand that serves cheese curds, I tried cheese curds from Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery. Deb is right. This Wisconsin co-op’s cheese curds are the best I’ve ever eaten.
Now I’m no cheese expert. But these curds are less salty than most, making them a win-win for my taste buds.
Apparently lots of others agree. The creamery’s retail store proved one busy place when my husband and I stopped on an early October weekday afternoon while vacationing in western Wisconsin.
Through a window, I watched employees package cheese curds before selecting two small bags of regular and cajun curds and two other Wisconsin cheeses to bring back across the border to Minnesota. Family dairy farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin supply the creamery with its milk.
Much to my grew-up-on-a-dairy-farm delight, I spotted bulk milk trucks lined up outside the plant.
Whatever this co-op’s recipe, their cheese curds have become a national success, titling Ellsworth as “The Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin.”
Someone really ought to tell that to the local who gave us directions to the creamery. He seemed less than enthused when we asked about the creamery and other attractions in town. “It’s Ellsworth,” he sighed. I wondered in that moment why he hadn’t moved elsewhere given his clear discontent with his hometown.
No thanks to this unwelcome welcome, we found two additional places of interest—east Ellsworth and the stunning Pierce County courthouse—after stopping at the creamery for those famous cheese curds.
Now I realize most of you likely are not going to drive to Ellsworth. So you can either search your local grocery store dairy department for these tasty curds. Or you can shop online by clicking here.
I wasn’t paid to write this. I didn’t get free cheese curds. I simply love Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery cheese curds. Plus, I possess a deep affection for cows and dairy farmers and dairy products. I am, after all, a dairy farmer’s daughter who worked side by side with her father in the barn.
© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
And I completely agree; they ARE scrumptious!
I wish I had some right now…
I/we have heard about Ellsworth’s claim to fame but seem to go “brain dead” every time we pass through the settlement!!! Another “destination” for a bike ride——–next summer!!!!!!
Yeah, I think a big fiberglass cow or something is needed outside the co-op to grab travelers’ attention.
LOL! I think you’re right!!!!
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery is #1 on my short list of favorite small town creameries. No surprise really as I have lived in its general vicinity all my life and have enjoyed much cheese from here. I can still remember our school field trip to this creamery. It was pretty interesting stuff as a young lad. I’ve never been able to enjoy a curd made by any other. As you noted, these have a unique flavor and are not as salty. My other favorites – #2 Nelson Cheese Factory (Nelson, WI) and #3 Eau Galle Cheese Factory (Eau Galle, WI). Mmmmm….cheese!
I’ve been to the Nelson Cheese Factory, but it’s been awhile and I can’t recall whether I tried the cheese curds. Time for a revisit.
I totally agree on your assessment of cheese.
I love me some cheese curds. Thanks for sharing.
Who doesn’t like cheese curds? Happy to share, Missy.
I’m just going to say: never met a bad cheese curd.
Love your comment.
Boy does your post bring back memories with the cheese curds – YUM – have not had cheese curds since I lived in the Midwest – now I want some – ha 🙂 Happy Day!
No cheese curds in your part of the country?
I have never really looked – it just feels wrong – I have to be in the Midwest to eat them I guess 🙂
I love cheese curds, I’m sure these are yummy, makes me kind of want to go buy some 🙂
Who doesn’t love cheese curds, right?
Cheese curds are one of my favorite foods in the world!
Well, then, if you have not tried Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery cheese curds, you must.
I LOVE cheese curds. Absolutely love them. So maybe I need to get some Ellsworth ones because I am fairly positive I have not tried them.
Get thee online and order some with haste.
As I child we always visited the Middlefield Cheese Factory in Ohio when we went to visit my Dad’s parents. Down south we do not have that pleasure – more general cattle raising in our part of the world. Must put that on my list to do – order some!! Good advertisement Audrey – you make a great spokeswoman for the company!!
My husband mentioned that perhaps Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery ought to send me some cheese curds.
I so agree Audrey.