Meet the Dairy Farmers of Ontario

Gunn's Hill cheese wheels on shelves

At Eataly Toronto, we work with a variety of local producers and processors to bring high-quality ingredients to our marketplace, including dozens of products from dairy farmers across Ontario.

The origin of what would eventually become Dairy Farmers of Ontario goes back over 50 years to the Milk Act of 1965. The Milk Act called for the creation of a body that would buy all the milk produced on Ontario farms and sell it to the processors. As a result, the Ontario Milk Marketing Board was created. Thirty years later, Dairy Farmers of Ontario was created following the merger of the Ontario Milk Marketing Board and the Ontario Cream Producers’ Marketing Board.

MEET THE PROCESSORS

At Eataly, we feature a variety of local dairy processors throughout our marketplace, counters, restaurants. Meet some of the Ontario dairy farmers you’ll find in-store, then shop your favourites with us.

FERRANTE CHEESE

Pure, fresh Canadian milk is behind every batch of this Ontario processor’s Italian-style cheeses. At Ferrante Cheese’s factory in Woodbridge, Ontario, their team prepares a variety of cheeses – from fresh ricotta to scamorza – from scratch every day.

What to try: Ricotta

Quality Cheese farmers bottle-feeding their cattle

QUALITY CHEESE INC.

Founded over 2 decades ago by Almerigo Borgo, Quality Cheese Inc. is based in Woodbridge, Ontario, creating over a dozen different cheeses that use only the freshest milk and ingredients, and time-tested best practices and techniques.

In addition to carrying their products in our marketplace, at Eataly Toronto, we use Quality Cheese curds to prepare all of our housemade cheeses, including our mozzarella which is stretched at our Mozzarella Lab every morning.

What to try: Eataly Toronto’s housemade mozzarella, Bella Casara Burratina

Gunn's Hill family in cheese processing factory

GUNN’S HILL ARTISAN CHEESE

Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese is a small artisan cheese plant nestled within the rolling hills of Gunn’s Hill Rd., in Oxford County, Ontario.  The cheeses produced at Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese are truly unique although you can taste the Swiss influence from techniques and recipes Shep learned while making cheese in the town of Handeck, in the Swiss Alps.  Today, there are two full-time cheesemakers and a team of staff that works diligently to produce some of Canada’s finest award-winning cheeses. Owners Shep Ysselstein and Colleen Bator are proud of the little thriving business that is now seeing its cheeses in over 300 locations across Ontario!

The cheese plant is located within the heart of the Dairy Capital of Canada and is only minutes away from downtown Woodstock. The milk used to create the cheeses comes from the neighbouring family dairy farm, Friesvale Farms, where the finest Canadian milk is produced. To ensure cheeses that are of top quality and taste Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheeses are handcrafted using traditional cheese-making methods.

What to try: 5 Brothers, Smoked 5 Brothers, Handeck

Mountain Oak Gouda Wheels on shelves

MOUNTAINOAK CHEESE

Mountainoak Cheese was founded by Adam van Bergeijk and his wife Hannie’s love of quality Gouda Cheese. They took over the family dairy farm in Holland from Adam’s parents in 1976. In 1981, they both attended the renowned cheesemaker’s school in Gouda, a centre of cheesemaking expertise for over three hundred years.

In Holland, the Van Bergeijks’ prize-winning cheeses were very popular with local consumers, but there was little opportunity to grow as dairy farmers. Seeking a brighter future for their children, the family emigrated to Canada in 1996, where they purchased their present farm in Wilmot Township. Although the plan for Canada was to focus on dairy farming only, some of their original cheesemaking equipment found its way into the container destined for their new homeland. It wasn’t long before they were making cheese for their own consumption.

Mountainoak Cheese is a modern, state-of-the-art processing plant that allows the van Bergeijks to continue the tradition of great-tasting, high-quality, Gouda-style cheeses made with high-quality, fresh milk from their own dairy cows.

What to try: Black Truffle Gouda, Wild Nettle Gouda, Farmstead Gold Gouda, Farmstead Gouda Aged 2 Years, Farmstead Gouda Aged 3 Years

Sheldon Creek Dairy bottles being filled with milk

SHELDON CREEK DAIRY

Sheldon Creek Dairy is built on the third generation Haanview Farm nestled in Simcoe, Ontario. The cows are pasture-fed in the spring and summer months, while in the winter they are fed grassy alfalfa hay which is grown right there on the farm.

Their milk is unique because they keep it just as the cows make it, non-homogenized and minimally pasteurized at 22 degrees Celsius for 16 seconds, with cream that rises to the top. This keeps the nutrients intact and makes the milk easier to digest.

At Eataly Toronto, we use whole milk from Sheldon Creek Dairy to prepare our housemade gelato daily.

What to try: Eataly Toronto’s housemade gelato, A2 Whole Milk, Raspberry, and Maple Greek Yogurt, Peach Smoothie

Stonetown Artisan Cheese vat

STONETOWN ARTISAN CHEESE

Founded by Hans and Jolanda Weber 25 years ago in St. Marys, Ontario, Stonetown Artisan Cheese brings a taste of the Swiss Alps from their farm to your table. Made with milk sourced from responsibly raised Holstein cows and according to Swiss traditions by Master Cheese Maker Ramon Eberle, Stonetown Artisan Cheese produces cheeses for everything from an afternoon snack to a flavourful addition to a weeknight dinner.

What to try: Amazing Grey, Grand Trunk, Homecoming, Wildwood

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