Ashe County Cheese is located in downtown West Jefferson, this free tour is especially fun for children and grownups alike. When making your plans to visit the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, be sure to check their website for updates on their cheese-making schedule.

Ashe County visitors and local residents always enjoy the cheese samples and the fine selection of cheeses and other items available in the Gift Shop, such as more than 50 varieties of cheese (including more than 20 varieties of the original Ashe County Cheese), country butter, homemade fudge, and everyone’s favorite, fresh cheese curd. Ashe County Cheese also offers other fine cheeses and locally made wines, as well as a variety of gifts, souvenirs, and old-fashioned snacks and candies. The company is well-known for its original Sienna cheese, its various flavored cheeses, and its newest variety, Juusto cheese (a mild Scandinavian cheese).

Last summer, a new addition was added to the Cheese Plant that visitors and natives Ashe County folks find interesting. It definitely has created a unique image to West Jefferson and that is the addition of the “Three Cows.” We are always amazed at the creativity and interesting art that makes West Jefferson unique.

Ashe County Cheese was founded in 1930 by the Kraft Corporation when it consolidated several small local cheese plants, which provided the means and expertise to produce cheddar daisy wheels for nationwide distribution. The company is now owned by Mike Everhart and Tom Torkelson. Everhart moved to Ashe County with his family in 1995 to manage the company, while Torkelson remains in Wisconsin and has since become one of the nation’s finest cheese makers. He has won many National and International awards for his cheeses, and in the fall of 2007 was awarded the distinction of Wisconsin Master Cheese Maker.

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