By Deanna Rhodes

Four generations of the Kohler family of Midway, Utah have been the keepers of a proud American tradition: the family-owned and operated dairy farm. After nearly a century of providing milk and
dairy products to the Heber Valley, their ship finally came in during 2011 when they built a creamery and began using their farm’s milk to handcraft and age artisan cheeses. In six short years with only 150 dairy cows, the old-fashioned dairy rocketed into the national spotlight after capturing several industry awards for their unique, handcrafted cheeses.

Every second Friday of the month, the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese farmstead store hosts an exclusive cheese tasting that is well worth the scenic drive to Midway. Guests are encouraged to taste all the current creations, and also be a guinea pig for up to twenty experimental cheeses. These vary in both the aging process and flavorings. Now world-renowned for their signature Wasatch Back Jack, Cascade Raw and Queso Fresco Verde, Heber Valley Artisan Cheese continues to astound the experts with their creativity. It’s really a fun experience to learn about the process of making cheese and then taste and rate all of your favorites.

The farmstead store is open to the public Monday – Saturday from 10am to 6pm. In addition to their sensational cheeses, they also offer a variety of locally made delectables such as jams, fudge, pickles and ice cream. Don’t miss out on their private edition Blue Chip ice cream with its blue custard and white chocolate chips, it’s what Mint Chip wishes it was. Experience the difference of the farmer’s touch.

920 River Road, Midway, Utah 435-654-0291 or