Go Marieke! Hope the vote goes your way.
THORP — After six years of operating Holland’s Family Cheese at a dairy southeast of Thorp, an acclaimed award-winning cheese maker plans to move into a new facility within Thorp’s city limits this year.
“We’ll be closer to the highway, where we’ll have better visibility,” said co-owner Marieke Penterman. “We want to start with 300 cows.”
The Thorp City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on whether to grant a conditional use permit for the cheese plant to open in the southwest corner of city limits south of Highway 29. Penterman said if the permit is approved, she plans to break ground on a new dairy facility this spring, with the goal of having it begin operations in October. The facility would include a shop as well as barns for the cows.
Penterman is known for her Gouda cheese and other softer cheeses. She has won more than 60 awards for her cheeses and Gouda comprises about 90 percent of the cheeses she makes.
“We make 24 different varieties,” she said. “They are all raw milk cheeses, and they are all straight from the cows. Within five hours of coming from the cow, it’s made into cheese.”