Simply Cheese is the name we have given to our small family enterprise in Aurora, Indiana. Our goal is to provide fresh Amish cheese which is ecological, high quality, RBGH/BST artificial hormone-free, local, and at an affordable price.
We have researched some local Amish dairy co-ops and chosen one who meets our criteria of having
1) a good reputation
2) a long history of producing all natural, traditional cheeses
3) an affordable product
4) a willingness to work with a small bulk purchaser (Not many will do this part).
We hope you will be as blessed serving this cheese to your family as we have been serving it to ours.
About Our Products
These cheeses are produced in the heart of Ohio Amish country. The milk comes from the unadulterated farms of Amish families who generally keep only 812 cows and refrain from using chemicals on their fields or hormones and prophylactic antibiotics on their herds. The milk is delivered fresh daily to the local dairy co-op, where it is transformed into delicious natural cheeses by traditional cheese making methods. They do not use artificial ingredients or preservatives. (For more discussion on hormones and antibiotics in commercial dairy products, see the links page.) These cheeses are pasteurized.
We have identified Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op as the dairy co-op we desire to work with. We like them because of their simple methods and their commitment to a natural, high quality product. Over the years we have ordered at least a dozen varieties of their cheese and have been pleased with the flavor and quality of each one. The contrast between a mass-produced supermarket cheese and these freshly made traditional cheeses is significant. The Amish cheese is moist, pungent, and flavorful. As the co-op is operated by and comprised of primarily Amish families, you will not find their products widely marketed or distributed. Since we are a small family business with just this focus and very little overhead, you will not likely find them at a more family-friendly price. (Our cheeses are similar in price to W-mart's in-store brand; the similarity stops there, however.)
By working directly with the co-op and ordering in bulk we are able to keep costs pleasantly low and shipping charges to a minimum. We charge 10% of total amount for shipping. In addition, we have found that our prices for these products are far below market, especially for fresh products advertised as organic or added hormone free.
Orders are due by Thursday evening every other week; orders are placed on Friday morning. The Fall/Winter '07 due dates are:
September 13, 27; October 11, 25; November 8, 29; December 6 (last order of the year).
Delivery will be the following Tuesday and Wednesday.
If you are in the Tri-State area (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana), delivery will be made to select locations to be announced. Presently we are making deliveries to Petersburg KY (Answers in Genesis), Aurora IN (Fire station on US 50), Lawrenceburg IN (Community Fellowship Church), Elrod IN (Washington Baptist Church), Brookville IN (delivery once per month), and Cincinnati OH (Bible Chapel of Delhi Hills). If you have made special delivery arrangements in advance, choose "Special Delivery" on the location menu of the order form.
Availability: These products are produced on an on-going basis, but occasionally or seasonally, as things happen in the real world, a product may not be available for some reason when we submit our order. If a product you ordered is not available, you will not be charged for that item.
Reliability: Can we guarantee that no RGBH or BST hormones were added to the milk in these cheeses? No. We rely on the word of the dairy co-op that their farmers don't use them (which is why we chose this particular co-op) and they in turn rely on the word of their farmers. As these substances occur naturally in cow's milk, and the chemical hormone has the same 'fingerprint' as the natural hormone, one cannot test for them either. If certification is what you need to feel confident in your dairy products then we are not the source for you. There are "certified organic" cheeses out there, but the costs involved in the certification process make the final product too costly for us. Middlefield Cheese Original Co-op is certified with the OEFFA, but at this point there is some confusion as to whether or not that makes all their cheese "certified organic."