Wakker Cheese

409 Milwaukee Street
Kewaunee, WI 54216
Wakker Cheese is operated by Johannes Wakker and his family team, wife Olga, daughter Iuliia and son in law Sergiy. Johannes stems from a deep family of dairy farmers. He was born and spent his early forming years, on his grandmother’s farmstead in Aalsmeer, located near Amsterdam, Holland. The exposure to dairy farming instilled the desire to be a farmer someday himself. Johannes decided to come to Wisconsin to pursue his dream, starting with a small farm in 1988, in Green county. Later, in 1995, the Wakkers moved to Kewaunee to be able to keep up with the changing dairy industry. In 2010, while visiting family oversees, Johannes’s mom showed him an old photograph from before World War I, depicting his grandmother standing next to a dog cart, used to sell the family’s dairy products door to door. Seeing this picture, Johannes developed the desire to start making Gouda in Wisconsin. Wakker’s Creamy is made with raw, high-solids milk from our farm Wakker’s Dairy, located just south of Kewaunee on State highway 42. The wheels are ripened on wooden planks at 55 degrees F and 85 percent relative humidity, like it is still done on Dutch farmsteads today. All cheese-making equipment was shipped in from the Netherlands. Ingredients used in the cheese are sourced from Holland as well. The result of this mix of Dutch ingredients and local milk is a unique Gouda with a Wisconsin twist, or as connoisseurs say a Wisconsin terroir.

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