In 1848, ancestors of Saxon Creamery from Saxony, Germany, sailed across the ocean in search of land and opportunity. Their formidable journey brought them to the rich lakeshore soils of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. On these fertile soils began the family legacy of dairy farming. Cattle grazing on lush spring, summer and autumn grasses produced more milk than the family needed. By 1870, they were making cheese to preserve and share their milk.
Today, Saxon Homestead Farm is a pasture-based dairy farm owned and operated by fifth generation family members. The farm consists of 850 acres of permanent pasture land and an additional 200 acres of forage and corn silage cropland. There are about 450 Holstein-Jersey crossbred cows and their young stock in the dairy herd. Only the milk from this herd of dairy cattle grazing on their family farm is used to make the American Original Saxon Classic Cheeses.
Glacial Lakes inspiration comes from European classics such as gruyere, emmental, and comte. However, by no means is this swiss cheese. With a smooth and creamy texture, it is cellar-aged two months or more, making its grassy, buttery flavors slightly more pronounced. It’s made from raw unpasteurized cow’s milk. A true American original.