Cheese designed from Philadelphia school’s cows hits retail store cabinets

Cheese created exclusively from the milk of Philadelphia cows is hitting grocery store cabinets in the town.

What is happening: W.B. Saul Higher School in Roxborough is distributing cheese underneath its possess label — using milk completely from cows on its performing farm — for the initially time this calendar year.

  • The styles of cheeses include Gouda, cheddar, colby and little one Swiss.

Why it issues: Tenth and 11th grade students included in the farm’s vocational software take element in almost every single facet of boosting and using care of the cows, from breeding to milking.

  • And income from selling the cheeses go suitable back again to the school.

By the figures: The farm — which has 11 cows and 10 heifers, or young cows — is approximated to possibly elevate all over $30,000-$40,000 a calendar year by selling the cheese domestically.

  • The cows create all-around 360 lbs . of milk a day at the farm.
Cows standing within stalls at the working farm at W.B. Saul Substantial University. Photo: Mike D’Onofrio/Axios

Catch up rapidly: Land O’Lakes had acquired milk from the school’s cows for decades. The big dairy producer made use of it to make cheeses and other products and solutions.

  • But that marriage finished late very last 12 months in excess of concerns close to transporting the milk from the university, farm administrator Jane Arbasak informed Axios Monday.
  • The school is now partnering with an Amish cheesemaker in Lancaster County to produce cheeses.

The intrigue: The cheeses have drawn a flurry of interest, specially from faculty alumni, after landing at Roxborough deli T & F Farmers’ Satisfaction as section of a exam launch very last month.

What they are stating: “This cheese is from our cows and from no other cows, and it is fascinating because we really have a solution that individuals can [buy],” Arbasak explained.

Emily Cullen, an 11th grade animal science trainer, told Axios that the hard work is unique for the reason that learners “get to see the full dairy cycle, total circle.”

  • Tamia Grimes, a 17-yr-previous junior in the vocational method, mentioned she’s normally preferred to assistance animals and hopes to grow to be a veterinarian.
  • “It is been my aspiration to come to Saul because I can fingers-on do the job with these animals,” Grimes mentioned.

What is following: Far more of the school’s cheeses can be observed at T & F Farmers’ Delight and Weavers Way Co-op in the coming weeks.

  • The university is also checking out alternatives to sell the farm’s milk and cheeses to neighborhood dining establishments and enterprises, Arbasak explained.
Blocks of cheese
Cheese manufactured from the milk of cows at the school’s functioning farm seen here on sale at T & F Farmers’ Delight in Roxborough in January. Picture: Mike D’Onofrio/Axios