Our Members

WASCA is a community of like-minded companies and individuals gathered in support of locally made cheese.

Licensed Cheesemakers

Acme Farms Cheese

Acme, Washington
• cow’s milk •

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Appel Farms

Ferndale, WA
• cow’s milk •

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Beecher's Handmade Cheese

Seattle, WA
• cow’s milk •

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Cascadia Creamery

Trout Lake, WA
• raw, Organic cow’s milk •

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Cherry Valley Dairy

Duvall, WA
• raw & pasteurized cow’s milk •

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Chimacum Valley Dairy

Chimacum, WA
• raw cow and goat’s milk •

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Clover Mountain Dairy

Chewelah, WA
• Organic cow’s milk •

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Conway Family Farm

Camas, WA
• goat’s milk •

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Daniel's Artisan

Ferndale, WA
• cow’s milk •

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Evergreen Creamery

Trout Lake, WA
• cow and goat’s milk •

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Fantello Farmstead Creamery

Enumclaw, WA
• raw & pasteurized cow’s milk •

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Glendale Shepherd

Clinton, WA
• sheep’s milk •

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Golden Glen Creamery

Bow, WA
• cow’s milk •

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Harmony Fields

Bow, WA
• sheep’s milk •

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Lost Peacock Creamery

Olympia, WA
• cow and goat’s milk •

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Lum Farm

Eastsound, WA
• goat’s milk •

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Mountain Lodge Farm

Eatonville, WA
• raw & pasteurized goat’s milk •

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Pine Stump Farms

Omak, WA
• raw & pasteurized goat’s milk •

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Sagging Fence Farm

Port Orchard, WA
• raw goat’s milk •

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Samish Bay Cheese

Bow, WA
• Organic cow’s milk •

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Tieton Farm & Creamery

Tieton, WA
• goat and sheep’s milk •

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Toboton Creek Farm

Yelm, WA
• raw goat’s milk •

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Twin Sisters Creamery

Ferndale, WA
• raw cow’s milk •

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WSU Creamery

Pullman, WA
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Industry Partners

The Cheese Connection

The Cheese Connection is a family of Swiss and German dairy farmers and cheesemakers from Buffalo County, Wisconsin. Our family came from the mountains of Switzerland and Germany in 1854 to Wisconsin and carried forward to America 17 generations of old-world tradition. In January 2010, we opened a cheesemaking supply business in Seattle, WA to meet the distribution needs of cheesemaking clients. Our practice today still includes these old-world traditions, but with today’s innovations.

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Dairy Connection

Dairy ingredient supplier Dairy Connection, is one of WASCA’s founding sponsors and is the preferred supplier of cultures, enzymes, other ingredients and technical expertise to a growing list of excellent cheesemakers.

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DPI Specialty Foods

The team at DPI Specialty Foods has worked for decades to become the premier Western United States distributor of specialty food products. We have Global Expertise with a West Coast Focus with key geographic locations across the Western United States. Our strength comes from a knowledgeable and passionate teams of buyers, sales associates, operations and in-store employees and others who are dedicated to serving our customers locally and nationally. Our strength in grocery distribution, independent retail sales and foodservice, incorporates a product mix that includes gourmet, specialty, natural, organic, gluten free, local and ethnic foods. We are proud of our participation and sponsorships with organizations such as The American Cheese Society, The Cheese Importers Association, The Specialty Food Association, The Oregon Cheese Guild, and others, and we look forward to building on our relationship with The Washington State Cheesemakers.

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Ferndale Farmstead

Within the heart of the Pacific Northwest, in Washington state, three generations of the Wavrin family are proud to present artisan cheese crafted in the Italian tradition. This happens on our farm in Ferndale. We use only milk we produce from cows we raise, fed from the crops that we grow.

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Metropolitan Market

Every day is a cause for celebration at Metropolitan Market. We get to discover, create and share one of life’s greatest gifts: Delicious food!

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Peterson Cheese

We are a family-owned and operated direct importer, converter, and full-service distributor based in the Pacific Northwest since 1947. We are also people who love to connect with other people over a shared passion for great food! We offer reliable food distribution service to retail and foodservice businesses across the Northwest region and uphold a firm commitment to provide the best products and service at the best possible prices.

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Puget Sound Food Hub

The mission of the PSFHC is to support and champion local, family scale farms by providing a direct connection with buyers in our region seeking high quality, locally produced food.

Business Members

Bates Consulting LLC is a food industry consultant specializing in cheese and cheesemaking. Offers both public and private classes.

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Solutions to improve quality and efficiency in cheesemaking Fromagex has been offering a wide range of products for cheesemaking for the last 18 years. Our team is proud to give an excellent service and support in a personalized approach orientated to production efficiency and quality. We are a dynamic business based on teamwork, efficiency and client approach. We work as partners with our clients and suppliers to create success and we are always willing to share our experience and knowledge.

Fromagex has been offering a wide range of products for cheesemaking for the last 18 years. Our team is proud to give excellent service and support in a personalized approach oriented to production efficiency and quality. We work as partners with our clients and suppliers to create success and we are always willing to share our experience and knowledge.

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At Gilbert’s Cheese Experience, we go beyond simple pairings. We create full-sensory experiences that combine the highest-quality cheeses with carefully curated food and beverage selections.

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With dairy products popular in every region of the world, product safety and quality are paramount. To support dairy manufacturers, Hygiena's rapid in-house testing products are easy to use, fast, and affordable for operations of all sizes. Our technology can deliver microorganism results in less than 8 hours, Listeria and Salmonella species results in 24 hours, and cleaning verification results/documentation in just seconds. We also offer sophisticated yet simple-to-use technology for detection of potential pathogens using the power of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and precisely identify potential contaminants down the strain level. Hygiena’s testing tools for cheesemakers include: ATP Monitoring; Microorganism/pathogen testing in product samples, ingredient samples, and production facility environments; Allergen testing and prevention; Surface residue monitoring; Process efficiency testing (Alkaline phosphatase); Microbial ID and specific pathogen profiles.

Hygiena knows that with dairy products popular in every region of the world, product safety and quality are paramount. To support dairy manufacturers, Hygiena’s rapid in-house testing products are easy to use, fast, and affordable for operations of all sizes.

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Based just outside of Chelan, Washington, our tiny artisan cheese company is becoming our dream farmstead!

Laurel’s Crown is based just outside of Chelan, Washington. Our tiny artisan cheese company is becoming our dream farmstead!

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For more than 60 years, Reiser has been a leading supplier of processing and packaging equipment solutions for the sausage, meat, poultry, seafood, prepared food, bakery, cheese and pet food industries. During that time, the company has gained recognition for its high-quality equipment, innovative engineering, and outstanding service and support. Today, this total commitment to its customers positions Reiser as the one supplier that processors can trust for better, smarter solutions.

For more than 60 years, Reiser has been a leading supplier of processing and packaging equipment solutions for the sausage, meat, poultry, seafood, prepared food, bakery, cheese and pet food industries. During that time, the company has gained recognition for its high-quality equipment, innovative engineering, and outstanding service and support. Today, this total commitment to its customers positions Reiser as the one supplier that processors can trust for better, smarter solutions.

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The Festival is broken down into Tasting Sessions. Each Tasting Session runs for 2 hours. Seattle Tasting Sessions start at 12:00PM and 4:00PM. Attendees can purchase tickets based on the time they wish to attend. Upon Arrival, you will be given a charcuterie board and a tasting glass to sample product from our amazing vendors.

Our mission is to bring people together through culinary experiences and have a lot of fun doing it. We produce experiences that celebrate, educate and promote the artisan food and beverage community.

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Merlino Foods began in 1900 by the Italian immigrant Angelo Merlino. Over the years Angelo’s sons, Ubaldo and Attilio, joined the business. Soon, Angelo Merlino & Sons was the primary source of Italian food and products for Seattle’s growing Italian community. In addition, the store served as an informal bank and “city center” to many Italian-Americans. After the deaths of Angelo and Ubaldo, the company was operated by the surviving son, Attilio.

Merlino Foods is a local, family owned restaurant-foodservice-bakery purveyor. We were established in Seattle in 1900. We have built our reputation on providing the highest quality product with a superlative level of service.

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Girl Meets Dirt Heritage Preserves are inspired by the long history of orchard keeping on Orcas Island... and a craving for the highest quality, locally sourced, organic fruit preserves nature and careful craft can provide. Our throwback award-winning jams, shrubs, and bitters are made in an old-school style that emphasizes structure and pure, ripe, naturally grown fruit. Our ingredient lists are short and sweet. We don’t use commercial pectin and rely on time & concentration for set. We believe island heritage fruit speaks for itself. We pair single-varietal fruit, many from trees that have been producing for over a century, with fair trade organic cane sugar, organic lemon, and classically prepare it by hand—in seasoned copper pans—in our island kitchen.

Girl Meets Dirt Heritage Preserves are inspired by the long history of orchard keeping on Orcas Island… and a craving for the highest quality, locally sourced, organic fruit preserves nature and careful craft can provide.

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Rind And Wheat will bring seasonal and cultural breads, baked goods, and artisan cheeses to the Inland Northwest that we’re proud to call home. The team will source ingredients to celebrate the local grain and produce economies and they’ll be transformed to accompany a cheese board, be slathered on a slice of sourdough or become the filling of a European butter danish. Ricky’s mission is to provide you with an approachable experience to discover unique and worldly flavors.

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Placement is all about finding the right venues to bring the greatest level of exposure and value-enhancing long term growth for our clients, locally, regionally and nationally. This requires strategic thinking, opting sometimes for the less immediate return in favor of a longer term trajectory worthy of legacy brand building.

Specialty Foods Sherpa knows placement is all about finding the right venues to bring the greatest level of exposure and value-enhancing long term growth for our clients, locally, regionally and nationally. This requires strategic thinking, opting sometimes for the less immediate return in favor of a longer term trajectory worthy of legacy brand building.

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Street Cheese is a mobile cheese shop. We make platters to order, sell wedges and accompaniments for all your cheese needs, and we also offer educational opportunities to awaken the curd nerd in you.

Street Cheese is a mobile cheese shop offering cheese plates and platters, cheese by the wedge or wheel, accompaniments for cheese, and cheese education classes for cheese lovers and cheesemongers.

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Vinbero offers wine, cheese, charcuterie, lunchtime fare, and evening small plates. Enjoy a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere and a carefully curated selection of delights featuring small, craft vendors with a focus on sustainability. We welcome all ages, colors, and kinds.

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The Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival showcases a wide array of artisan and farmstead cheeses made in Washington. Meet the cheesemakers and sample some of the finest cheeses made in Washington State.

The Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival showcases a wide array of artisan and farmstead cheeses made in Washington. Meet the cheesemakers and sample some of the finest cheeses made in Washington State.

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Zupan’s Markets has been the #1 destination for the food and wine lovers of Portland, and beyond, for over 40 years.

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Enthusiasts

Ellysia Almaguer

Wendy Johnson

Suzanne Paterson

Heather Chitty

Woody Johnson

Julia Powers

Izzy Creveling

Whitney Lane

Joyce Snook

Liz David

Rachael Lucas

Shannon Strom

Joey Haban

Meridithe Mendelsohn

Tracy Wendt

Courtney Johnson

Michelle Noel