Over the past decade, we have seen a substantial growth spurt in the production of cheeses in Washington State. Today, the offerings from our cheesemaker's offer enormous variety and diversity. With over 70 licensed cheesemaker's in the state offering up farmstead, artisan, small batch, original and traditional style cheeses from cow, goat, and sheep's milk there is certainly no shortage of options!
WA cheeses have been winning awards around the world, and there is almost always something new for fellow cheese lovers to enjoy. Check out your local farmers markets, cheese counters, and grocery stores and ask for WA cheese! The cheeses coming out of the the State's producers fall under a variety of categories, including:
Farmstead - milk is produced on the same farm where the cheese is made
Artisan - small-batch cheeses - usually produced by hand - with particular attention paid to the technique. Milk can be sourced from surrounding dairy producers.
Specialty - cheeses produced in more limited production, with special attention paid to natural flavor and texture profiles
Washington State Cheesemaker's Association (WASCA) is here to support our cheesemaker's, and to promote continued growth and awareness of this industry. We are a member-supported non-profit and membership is open to cheesemaker's, industry professionals, and fellow cheese lovers everywhere.