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Next Market Date: 
October 2
 
8:00 AM
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12:00 PM

Hemme Brothers Creamery - Founded in Freshness & Determination

For the Hemme Brothers, the task of transforming their family owned and operated milking facility into an award winning creamery became a lesson in the lengths each brother would go to in order to sustain their family farm.

All 4 of the Hemme brothers, Jon, Nathan, Michael, and Aaron play a vital role in the success of the creamery. Each brother spends no less than 12 hours per day tending to the responsibilities on the 180-acre farm. David Hemme, the Hemme Brother’s father and visionary of the creamery, performs the never-ending job of sharing his family’s story with vendors and delivers fresh cheese throughout the state. Jon is in charge of the soil management and crop production, while also being responsible for the young stock. Nathan undertook the responsibility of head cheesemaker after completing his cheesemaking course at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. His role of cheesemaker requires his arrival to the creamery at 2:45 a.m. each morning to make the cheese. Michael and Aaron, herdsmen for the lactating herd, arrive shortly afterward at 4:30 a.m. to begin milking and completing health checks on the herd.

All in all, these essential roles put all 4 brothers in control of the entire creamery process. From raising high quality forages for the cattle to graze upon, to developing the feed regiments of the cattle, to the maintenance of their high quality cattle, every step of the milking process takes great effort and consideration. This extreme care ultimately results in an unparalleled product. Nathan Hemme, head cheesemaker, believes, “Our biggest strength is having complete control over our main ingredient… Milk!”

Hemme Brothers Creamery opened their doors in 2016, but the family’s ties to the community run much deeper. The Hemme Family has lived and farmed in the same township north of Sweet Springs, Missouri since 1848.

The family farm and their way of life means everything to the brothers. The Hemme Brothers website tells the story of perseverance and ingenuity, two key components for operating any successful family farm, “Almost 20 years ago, Dad saw an opportunity. Not in cheese, but in milk. He and Mom went from raising pigs to raising cows. They started a dairy without much experience, but they’re not the types to shy away from the unknown. They listened and learned and learned some more, and raised our family in the process. It wasn’t until we started to have families of our own that Dad saw another opportunity. He decided to take a second leap into the unknown, but this time with cheese.”

The same determination that created the creamery continues to propel the company further. From their first-place award at the American Cheese Society national competition in Denver for their German spreadable cheese called Quark, to being featured in several notable Columbia restaurants such as Barred Owl Butcher & Table, to their debut at the Columbia Farmers Market in March of 2017, and selling in several local stores, it’s clear to see the Hemme Brothers have been very busy!

Nathan Hemme, head-cheesemaker, understands the importance of a local community farmers market, “As a young brand we have to get out in front of people and sample our cheeses. The market is a wonderful place to do that. What we like about the Columbia Farmers Market is that it’s an actual FARMERS MARKET.”

You can find all the Hemme Brother’s offerings every Saturday morning, which include the following: Award-winning quark, Brother’s Keeper Aged Cheddar, flavored aged cheddar cheeses, fresh cheddar cheese curds and as a special treat in the summer months, fresh mozzarella. For more information on the creamery visit hemmebrothers.com.

“Our biggest strength is having complete control over our main ingredient… Milk!"
-Nathan Hemme

Aged Cheddar Popovers

In addition, the Hemme Brothers would like you to enjoy a recipe that features their flagship product, Brother’s Keeper Aged Cheddar Cheese.
get the recipe
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