Wisconsin cheesemaker Andy Hatch of Uplands Cheese was recently named one of Martha Stewart’s 2016 American Makers.
Now in its fifth year, the Martha Stewart American Made program is a nationally recognized platform designed to discover the next generation of American artisans. Hatch is one of 10 artisans hand-selected by Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living for their entrepreneurial passion and contributions to their communities in the fields of food, style, design, and technology.
“I’d like to thank Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living for not only valuing the quality of our cheese, but also for recognizing that our success can serve as an example to other family farms looking to add value to their milk,” Hatch said at the awards ceremony held in New York last month. “I spent years as a cheese-making apprentice in Europe, and there’s nowhere I’d rather make cheese than in southern Wisconsin. We have everything we need right here to make world-class cheese.”
Hatch has been making cheese at Uplands Cheese in Wisconsin for over 15 years. They are most well-known for their Wisconsin original Pleasant Ridge Reserve, an alpine-style cheese made in the summer months while the cows are on fresh pasture. Pleasant Ridge Reserve is the most-awarded cheese in American history and the only cheese to have won both the American Cheese Society’s and U.S. Cheese Championship’s Best of Show. This time of year, Hatch and his team are busy making Rush Creek Reserve, a soft-ripened cheese wrapped in spruce bark that has developed a cult following since its 2010 debut. The cheese, only available mid-November through December, sells out almost immediately after its release. Beginning November 14, Rush Creek Reserve will be available online direct from Uplands Cheese or at specialty cheese retailers nationwide.
For more information about Martha Stewart’s American Made program visit www.marthastewart.com/americanmade.