A Fresh Whey of Life

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Winter 2015


Alise Sjostrom (B.S. ’09) knew at age 16 that she wanted to be a cheesemaker. Her business, Redhead Creamery in Brooten, Minnesota, officially makes her one. She and her husband, Lucas (B.S. ’09), milk 180 cows on their farm and gravity-flow the milk directly to their cheese plant as the cows are being milked. The result, they say, is “ridiculously good cheese curds.” Their Bandage-Wrapped Aged Farmhouse Cheddar, first made at the University of Minnesota’s pilot plant, will be ready for order during the holidays. And yes, Alise has red hair.


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