Local creamery comes to the rescue after fair loses their milk buyer

WESTBY, Wis. (WEAU) -- When life gives you milk, make cheese curds.

"First we got a phone call from the Monroe County Fair and then later a call from the La Crosse County Fair and they lost their buyer for their fair milk. So the cows that are at the fair, they obviously have to be milked while they're at the fair and they now didn't have a person to buy that milk while the cows were there," said Nordic Creamery Owner Sarah Bekkum.

That's when Nordic Creamery decided to get involved.

For Bekkum, the fair is a family affair.

"We're a small family business ourselves, our kids show animals at the fair, I showed animals at the fair when I was a kid. So I guess the fair is kind of dear to our hearts and it's a good experience for the kids so we thought we should obviously buy this milk to help them out and then why not take it a step further and give the kids a greater experience," said Bekkum.

Nordic Creamery is taking the milk from the Monroe County Fair and turning it into cheese curds and cheese for the kids to then sell.

They say they are getting 5,000 pounds of milk from the fair.

"I think it's good to show kids more experiences, maybe some of these kids, they obviously milk cows and they're on a farm, but maybe they never thought more about what happens to that milk after it leaves on the milk truck. This would be a good experience, they can be like 'wow I milked this cow this morning and then this afternoon we've got cheese curds to sell'," said Bekkum.

The first batch of milk arrived at the creamery Friday morning and will be back at the fair as cheese curds by Friday night.

Everything was donated, Dwyer Milk Transport with the hauling, Belmark Labels with the labels and Nordic Creamery with the production.

The cheese curds will be sold this weekend at the fairgrounds and the proceeds will go to youth dairy programs.

Both the fair and creamery say they hope they can find a way to continue this unexpected partnership in the future.



 
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