Taste Traditions of Wisconsin: Wisconsin Women in Cheesemaking

  • 30 N. Carroll St.
  • Madison, WI 53703
  • Phone: (608) 264-6555

While cheesemaking was traditionally women's work on many early Wisconsin farmsteads, the growth of industrial cheese factories in the 19th century led to the exclusion of women from the cheesemaking workforce. The impact of this can still be seen today; in 2013, of the nearly 1200 licensed makers in Wisconsin less than 60 were women.

However, in the past 10 years, more than a dozen women have entered the Wisconsin cheesemaking scene, winning awards and changing the face of American artisan cheese. Taste and hear the stories of some of the best women-inspired cheeses through a lively panel discussion with three of Wisconsin's leading women cheesemakers. Cheese samples generously provided by Metcalfe's Market.

The panel will be moderated by Jeanne Carpenter (Wisconsin Cheese Originals, Cheese Underground blog) and will feature the following cheesemakers:
Katie Fuhrmann (LaClare Farms)
Anna Landmark (Landmark Creamery)
Diana Murphy (Dreamfarm)

Cost to attend is $15 and advance registration is required. Call 608-264-6555 or visit shop.wisconsinhistory.org to sign up!

  • Times: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Admission: $15/person