FRESNO, Ohio — Celebrating its 80th year in 2008, Pearl Valley Cheese in Fresno, Ohio, makes and markets a variety of award-winning cheeses and cheese products.
The company was founded in 1928 by Ernest Stalder, a Swiss immigrant. He and his wife, Gertrude, began by making one 200-pound Swiss cheese wheel per day. Today, the company makes about 20,000 pounds each day, five days a week.
Most recently, Pearl Valley Cheese has been working to improve its products and services to both its wholesale and retail customers. Particularly popular are the “Deli-Horn” line of colby cheese products and the Deli Line of colby products available in 12-ounce sealed packs.
A fundraising program has also been developed for 4-H, FFA, church and nonprofit community groups.
Volatility of cheese and milk prices continues to be a challenge, but new markets for wholesale products are being developed as cheese production increases.
Pearl Valley Cheese is unique because it is off the beaten path and still treats customers with the kind of service that never goes out of style. Visitors are welcome to try samples before buying, and there are always tastes of jams, mustards and cheese dips to try.
Those who arrive in the morning can even see the cheese being made from the salesroom windows.
Although Pearl Valley Cheese has won a number of coveted awards, it most recently took the silver medal in March at the World Cheese Competition for its smoked swiss. Their colby, marble and lacey-baby have also won awards at the Ohio State Fair.
Pearl Valley Cheese is located at 54760 TR 90 in Fresno, Ohio, 6 miles south of Baltic on state Route 93. They are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 740-545-6002 for more information and details about their 80th anniversary specials.