Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery

Closeup of Ellsworth Cheese Curds and package

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery is based in the Heart of Wisconsin's Dairyland, just 60 miles from the Twin Cities in the town of Ellsworth. They're known as the Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin, a designation given in 1984 by Governor Anthony S. Earl. If you've ever enjoyed a deep-fried cheese curd at the Minnesota State Fair, then you're familiar with their signature product.

The cooperative is 350+ dairy farm families strong. However, these families are more than the producers of their milk – they're also the owners of their organization. Located in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, and all within a 60-mile radius of Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery's production facilities, it's these real farm families that have produced their products' main ingredient for more than 100 years. Keeping it small and local is just one reason for the Cooperative's success in producing products known for freshness and quality.

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery has come a long way since their early days. Originally named the Ellsworth Butter and Cheese Company, the organization incorporated in 1910 with their primary product being butter. They didn't actually begin making cheese curds until 1968, but the popularity of the product was almost instantaneous. Production in Ellsworth soon transitioned over to all cheese curds and the rest, as they say, is history.

One of the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery families
One of the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery families

Well, not quite... In 2011, a new chapter was written in the Cooperative's history book when Comstock Creamery in Comstock, Wisconsin, joined the Ellsworth Creamery family. For cheese lovers, this was a marriage made in heaven. The acquisition brought with it expanded cheesemaking capabilities and today the two plants produce 50 varieties of specialty and artisanal cheeses.

Operating around the clock, milk is delivered from farms daily, resulting in freshness you can taste. The Ellsworth, Wisconsin, facility specializes solely in the production of their world-famous All Natural White Cheddar Cheese Curds. Farmer certified rBST-free milk is used to produce about 160,000 pounds of 100% All Natural Premium Cheddar Cheese Curds each day! In Comstock, Wisconsin, the focus is on small-batch artisan cheeses. They've earned a reputation for producing many award-winning varieties.

Thankfully, Kowalski's customers don't need to make the trip out of town to have fresh-from-the-farm flavor in their refrigerators. There's no need to look any further than our dairy case and the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Blaser's and Antonella labels.

Find them in the Dairy Department.