The much-anticipated Ellsworth Creamery in Menomonie is finally open. A “soft-opening” was announced this week. The public is welcome to stop by and check out the store, but they ask for your patience as they work out some kinks and train the staff. In a few weeks they should be running at full capacity and be fully stocked. Currently, the store is open from 8am-6pm every day of the week. Hours may be extended in the summer. An official grand opening celebration will be held in May or June.
The production facility and retail store, located at 3001 County Road B in Menomonie (north of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center), had been scheduled to open in September 2021 but was delayed due to supply chain issues.
This new creamery brings forty-two jobs to Menomonie, with plans for that number to increase. The retail store includes takeout food - deep-fried cheese curds, pizza, sandwiches, Cedar Crest hard scoop ice cream, and soft service ice cream. In addition to a wide selection of cheese, you will also find Sailer’s meats, crackers, regional wine, craft beer, Ellsworth Creamery branded clothing, unique kitchenware, and gift items from local vendors.
There is no indoor seating; however, limited outdoor seating will be added when the weather warms up.
The production facility will manufacture artisan cheeses, including muensters, Formaggio’s, Monterey jacks, cheddars, and goudas. In addition, the creamery is always working on developing cheese with unique flavors, and the selection will rotate seasonally.
The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery is headquartered in Ellsworth, the cheese curd capital of Wisconsin. Over 300 family farms own the cooperative organization. Additional production facilities are located in Ellsworth, Comstock, and New London.
Their famous cheese curds can be found at A&W and Green Mill Restaurants as well as sports venues throughout the Midwest, including Miller Park, Target Field, and Soldier Field. Retail cheese brands include Ellsworth Coop Creamery, Blaser’s, Antonella, and Ellsworth Valley rBST Free.
To find out more about the Ellsworth Creamery, including how to ship cheese most anywhere, visit their website or call (715) 273-4311. You can also find them on Facebook.
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