Up your cheese plate building game for Earth Day or any day with Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese. Their sustainably crafted, snackable Wisconsin cheeses shine on a board… And you can pat yourself on the back knowing you’ve enjoyed something delicious created with 100-percent Green Power!
How to Build Your Sustainable Cheese Plate:
- Start with a recycled wood board
- Add small bowls of Crave Brothers Marinated Fresh Mozzarella Ciliegine and Mascarpone
- Add Crave Brothers Farmer’s Rope String Cheese and Cheddar Cheese Curds
- Tuck in sweet and savory accompaniments—crackers, cured meats, pickles, nuts, fruit, jam (be sure to seek out products from sustainable sources)
- Share with the ones you love!
About Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese. George and Charles Crave were raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm and purchased their 3,000 acre farm in Waterloo in 1980. With George as head cheesemaker, the Craves have been making cheeses since 2002, using milk from their own herd that is just hours old when it comes into the creamery. They have since won numerous awards for all of their cheeses, including Best of Class for their Fresh Mozzarella at the 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest—meaning their Wisconsin-made mozzarella was judged to be the best in the world.
The business now involves 13 members of the Crave family across three generations including George’s wife, Debbie, and their three children. To help preserve the earth that provides the family with their land and their livelihood, the Craves have long been committed to sustainability. Two massive methane digesters take in cow manure, whey, and food waste from the farm and nearby businesses and turn it into electricity that powers the entire farm, the family’s homes—they all live on the farmstead—and 300 neighboring homes. As Debbie told culture for this story in 2020: “Some people will say, ‘Oh my employees ride their bikes to work,’ or ‘I recycle boxes,’” Debbie said. “Okay, we do all that, but we also produce enough electricity for our businesses and [neighboring] homes.”