I really admire Andy Hatch and Uplands Cheese.
Check out the great story below about the demand for Andy's work. Have you tried their Rush Creek Reserve? Yikes!
And their amazing Pleasant Ridge Reserve has been named the nation’s top
cheese by the American Cheese Society three years in a row - unprecedented professional recognition.
get to work with Andy in Iowa County, Wisconsin. Watching Andy combine
family and business and music and those wonderful, wonderful cheeses is
Uplands Cheese is owned by the Gingrich and
Patenaude families. When I'm really lucky I get to share a venue in
Iowa County where Mike and Carol Gingrich are sharing samples of their
Pleasant Ridge Reserve.
There is a lot of business
wisdom from Andy in the article below. It's never a straight line no
matter what kind of enterprise you're in. How you adapt, as Uplands
Cheese did, is the difference between sustainable businesses and those
You'll see how the drought hit their operations and the temptation to stretch the brand beyond what made it so great.
“It took a lot of self-discipline to not make cheese this year, watching
your costs rise and your income shrivel,” Hatch said. “It’s tough not
to say, ‘Well, we can make a couple batches on hay,’ but we didn’t.”
and everyone at Uplands Cheese have created an amazing economic
development story in Iowa County, Wisconsin. Great cheese. Great
brand. Great business wisdom.
This Wisconsin State Journal article was written by Jane Burns. Oct. 31 2012
Much-anticipated Rush Creek Reserve cheese hits store shelves early.
"This year, Rush Creek Reserve lived up to its name."
much-anticipated cheese was on store shelves ahead of schedule this
fall, pleasing the eager fans of the seasonal release from Uplands
Cheese Co. in Dodgeville while helping to take the sting off a tough
year at the company’s farm."
"You can’t believe the amount of emails and phone calls I’ve been
getting in the last two weeks: ‘Is it ready yet? Is it ready yet?’” said
Uplands cheesemaker Andy Hatch. “I think, ‘You remembered? Did you
write it on your calendar?”
Thank you Uplands Cheese and Andy Hatch!
Wisconsin State Journal story: Much-anticipated Rush Creek Reserve cheese hits store shelves early
. Written by
Jane Burns. Oct. 31, 2012
Uplands Cheese Company
, Dodgeville, WI.
Iowa County Area Economic Development
The wonderful band Andy plays with. I love their music. - "Point
Five is an Americana Acoustic Band from Mineral Point that really
rocks!", Americana Gazette Magazine.
My favorite Andy Hatch quote from the article - because it vindicates MY
favorite way to eat Rush Creek Reserve... “My wife treats it like a Haagen-Dazs. I’ll come home and she’ll be sitting there with Rush Creek and a spoon.”