John and Tasha Webb -- Rocking W Cheese
John Gibson knows cows. He kinda got caught in a ‘Webb’ of ‘moo’ when he married into the Dairy business in Olathe, Colorado. Webb Dairy has been around for more than a half a century. The Family run business spanning 6 generations of herding heifers and producing some of the best milk around. So… four years ago when the family decided to expand just a little bit…it was a natural choice to move to cheese.
John says it was just a great fit…”we’ve been milking our own cows …why not take that milk and make our own cheese?!” And they have and the name , Rocking W Cheese?...It is slowly rocketing across the Centennial state. recognized as an “All Natural” Artisan Cheese. And what is an Artisan Cheese you ask? Well I looked it up and found this: “It means that someone has taken the time to do things slowly, with care and respect for the product. It means that the cheesemaker cares about tradition. It means that hands were laid on the cheese, milk, curds and animals. It means that smaller batches of cheese are made because it's all about quality, not quantity. It means that the milk came from farms in the area, not a huge truck going cross country. It means that the maker, in addition to being a scientist (if you think cheesemaking isn't a science, think again) is also a creative artist.”
And that’s exactly what I found out here in Olathe …Small town America…with an attention to detail …but that loose country feel and a huge sense of pride. And delicious cheese. All the cheese is made by hand…a few machines are used to stir …but all in all it is a simple operation…and I was amazed at how small the little area is that they work in. And all the cheese they sell across the state? Is sliced, cut and packaged by hand! You can go by the store and the little lady is right in front of a small glass window inside …cutting and weighing the Cheese. John says they have 29 varieties right now…from Sharp Cheddar to their Habanero Jack (which is my favorite)….Gouda, Swiss and the list…goes on and on.
All Natural and all good…Rocking W Cheese is proving that local is the new standard for ‘high-quality’…and state-wide, people are beginning to realize what we here locally on the Western Slope have known for a while now…The ‘W’ in Rocking W Cheese stands for Wonderful and “Watch Out’ because as John Gibson Says…”Mile High Cows are the Happiest and produce the Best Milk…”. So there is truth to that John Denver song…’Rocky Mountain High’. He apparently was singing about …Cheese. Here is Rocking W Cheese’s … Allgood News
More Information on Rocking W Cheese and Webb Dairy.
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Call Us Toll Free - 970-323-5994
5644 Highway 348 Olathe, CO 81425-9754
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