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.