Cows, Cheese & Tradition…..
My husband Alan and I grew up as multi-generational farm kids where tradition plays an important role in our lives. I believe it was no accident that Alan and I met but rather part of a bigger plan the universe holds. We both share a great passion for the land and an even greater love for the animals that live there, especially the cows. This led us to start our own herd, Emerald Valley Holsteins & Jerseys, in 1996.
October 2004 marked the beginning of an adventure that has now become a full fledged artisan cheese business. A natural curiosity about cheese and the love of good food led my mother and I to try making a small batch of ricotta with our fresh milk after that morning’s milking. From this simple experiment Emerald Valley Artisans has evolved into a full line of fresh and aged cheeses.
Emerald Valley Artisans is built on the traditions given to us by our respective families who still own and farm the land we both loved as kids. Today Alan and I live on the farm my Italian immigrant great grandparents Guiseppe and Italina bought in Scenery Hill. Our 335 acre farm lies in the rural foothills of Washington County, Pennsylvania where the valleys and vistas inspired its’ name – Emerald Valley.
Our foray into cheese making is the continuation of the great traditions established by our families. It is our way to honor the people, the land and most importantly the cows whose influence is unforgettable.
We invite you to share in this tradition by enjoying our cheeses and making some traditions of your own!