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Milking a road trip for all it's worth continued (2)
bread cookie, olive oil and sea salt. Door County Creamery also sells an array of gifts and gadgets with a Wisconsin connection. “Jesse and Rachael are really big champions of Wisconsin food and farm life,” Hansen says.

Clock Shadow Creamery
Milwaukee, 138 W. Bruce St.
One of the country’s few urban creameries, you’ll find this one tucked away in Walker’s Point, an industrial-chic neighborhood known for its food and bar scene.

Small but mighty, the team makes cheddar cheese curds, ricotta, chevre, quark (spreadable cheese), Mexican-style cheeses and more, all in an eco-friendly building. Tours, which take place in an observation room, are available every half hour between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

If the Clock Shadow name is familiar, it’s probably because it’s a local favorite appearing on menus around the city. Pro tip: If you’re thirsty after your visit, Central Standard Craft Distillery and Milwaukee Brewing Co. are across the street.

Landmark Creamery
Paoli, 6895 Paoli Road
Two Annas run this creamery, about 13 miles southwest of Madison. Their products are made from the milk of sheep and grassfed cows.

“Anna Thomas Bates is a food writer, and she creates all of the recipes served in the cafe that incorporate the cheese,” says Hansen.

“Anna Landmark is really interesting; she used to run political campaigns and then found her calling as a cheesemaker,” she adds.

In addition to selling all things cheese— from their award-winning pecorino-style sheep milk cheese to super fancy grilled cheeses — the creamery is also stocked with great gifts, like chocolates, preserves, soaps and more.

Hansen recommends visiting Paoli not just for a taste of Landmark Creamery’s cheese, but also for an adventure.

“It’s a really cute arts town and community,” she says. There’s a brewery, cafes, a bicycle shop and even a shop dedicated to backyard chicken enthusiasts, called Cluck the Chicken Store.

Holland’s Family Cheese
Thorp, 200 W. Liberty Drive
The Penterman family has a fairy tale farm story. Marieke Penterman grew up on a dairy farm in the Netherlands. She wound up in Wisconsin when she followed a “cute guy” there. (“Those are her words,” laughs Hansen.) That “cute guy” is Rolf, now her husband. He moved to Thorp, about 40 miles east of Eau Claire, to start a dairy farm with his brother in 2002.

Marieke missed the cheese she grew up eating back home, so she decided to learn the craft. She got her Wisconsin cheesemaking license, traveled back to the Netherlands for training and started making her own Gouda.

“Within a year of making her first cheese, she won her first award,” says Hansen. “As of today, she’s won at least 150 awards.”

At the creamery, visitors will find all kinds of flavors of Marieke Gouda (black pepper, clove, mustard, honey clover and more), as well as plain. In addition to visiting the shop and cafe, visitors can watch the cheesemakers in action through a window, and during warmer months (Memorial Day through