Apr 29, 2010


Marcoot Jersey Creamery
After seven generations in the Jersey business, theMarcoot family of Greenville, Illinois is expanding their operation to include a processing facility expected to start production this summer. A facility open house this month attracted over 1,000 area visitors. The finished plant will have rooms for both cheese and bottled fluid products, along with a retail space for on-farm sales.

“The health benefits [of Jersey milk] are a very big marketing tool for us,” said Brittany Marcoot
Wheeler. Milk from the herd’s sixty Jersey cows will be used for three different specialty cheeses aged in a cellar, known in the business as a cheese cave, below the plant. Cheese curds and ice cream are also planned, primarily for local consumers.

Peter Dixon, a master cheese maker from Vermont helped the Marcoots get set up and provided cheese recipes. Dixon stated that cheese is an artistic product. "Real cheese looks beautiful" as opposed to factory cheese, it has more flavor because it is a slower process.

The family is also working to develop tour programs for field trips and general public tours.

The farm is located at
526 Dudleyville Rd.,
Greenville, IL 62246
4 miles south of Greenville.

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