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Pearl Valley Swiss Cheese awarded grand champion at Ohio State Fair

By Beth Scott beth @ coshoctoncountybeacon . com
COSHOCTON – Pearl Valley Cheese has been a staple cheese-making business in Coshocton County since 1928 when a Swiss immigrant purchased the land and started making Swiss cheese . From those humble beginnings , the company grew to what it is today , manufacturing many types of Swiss cheese as well as Colby , marble , and cheddar cheese .
At the Ohio State Fair this past summer , Pearl Valley Cheese ’ s mild Swiss received grand champion at its cheese contest . Their Baby Swiss and mild cheddar cheese also took first place in other categories .
Cheese contests go back many years and due to the heavy Swiss influence in this part of the state , many cheese contests were only geared toward Swiss cheese . At that time , there were approximately 30 cheese-making businesses in the area that used to enter and sell their Swiss cheese at fairs all across the region at the
Tuscarawas County Fair , Holmes County Fair , and of course , the Coshocton County Fair . Now , only about seven cheese houses remain in the area and cheese contests are more rare with only three a year ; one in June to celebrate Dairy Month , the Ohio State Fair , and the Swiss Festival in September .
However , all the cheese makers in the world come together in Wisconsin every other year to compete for the world championship . In 2014 , Pearl Valley Cheese was awarded world champion in Swiss cheese , a feat that they are proud of .
Every other year , Wisconsin has a national cheese contest on the off-years of the world cheese contest . The mild Swiss that was awarded grand champion at the state fair received second place in nationals .
“ We have the best employees and the best dairy producers at Pearl Valley Cheese ,” said Sally Ellis , co-owner of Pearl Valley Cheese with her husband Chuck . “ If God hadn ’ t brought these two groups of people together , we wouldn ’ t be able to do what we do .”
Pearl Valley Cheese is located in Pearl , Ohio in Coshocton County at 28820 SR 93 , Fresno . Customers are welcome to browse the shop and watch cheese being made Monday through Friday until noon through viewing windows .
“ We have amazing retail customers and wholesale customers ,” said Sally . “ We are about 95 percent wholesale and five percent retail and without that part of the equation , none of this would happen either .”
While at Pearl Valley Cheese , try some samples of cheese before you buy and if you ’ re interested , there is an Ohio Swiss Cheese Association history book for sale that talks about the evolution of Swiss cheese making in Ohio , including the man who started Pearl Valley Cheese , Sally ’ s grandfather , Ernest Stalder .
“ I ’ m glad we ’ re in Coshocton County ,” said Sally . “ I ’ m glad that God led grandpa to Coshocton County .”
Pearl Valley Cheese is open Monday through Saturday , 8 a . m . – 5 p . m .

FUNDING : More than $ 68,000 received

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This special washer takes care of cancer causing pathogens and was almost $ 8,000 just for it , but it also takes away bloodborne pathogens . Plus we got a new thermal imaging camera and received assistance from the division of forestry for wildfire fighting equipment .”
Ridenour is very pleased with all the assistance his fire department has recently received .
“ We needed this last grant very badly because we missed out when the county switched to the MARCS state owned radio system ,” he said . “ We were fortunate enough to be able to borrow radios for free until we were able to get our own , which we can now do .”
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www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com AUGUST 30, 2017 THE BEACON 11 Pearl Valley Swiss Cheese awarded grand champion at Ohio State Fair By Beth Scott beth@coshoctoncountybeacon.com Tuscarawas County Fair, Holmes County Fair, and of course, the Coshocton County Fair. Now, only about seven cheese houses remain in the area and cheese con- tests are more rare with only three a year; one in June to celebrate Dairy Month, the Ohio State Fair, and the Swiss Festival in September. However, all the cheese makers in the world come together in Wisconsin every other year to compete for the world championship. In 2014, Pearl Valley Cheese was awarded world champion in Swiss cheese, a feat that they are proud of. Every other year, Wisconsin has a national cheese contest on the off -years of the world cheese contest. Th e mild Swiss that was awarded grand champion at the state fair received second place in nationals. “We have the best employees and the best dairy pro- ducers at Pearl Valley Cheese,” said Sally Ellis, co-owner of Pearl Valley Cheese with her husband Chuck. “If God hadn’t brought these two groups of people together, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.” COSHOCTON – Pearl Valley Cheese has been a staple cheese-making business in Coshocton County since 1928 when a Swiss immigrant purchased the land and started making Swiss cheese. From those humble be- ginnings, the company grew to what it is today, manu- facturing many types of Swiss cheese as well as Colby, marble, and cheddar cheese. At the Ohio State Fair this past summer, Pearl Valley Cheese’s mild Swiss received grand champion at its cheese contest. Th eir Baby Swiss and mild cheddar cheese also took fi rst place in other categories. Cheese contests go back many years and due to the heavy Swiss infl uence in this part of the state, many cheese contests were only geared toward Swiss cheese. At that time, there were approximately 30 cheese-mak- ing businesses in the area that used to enter and sell their Swiss cheese at fairs all across the region at the Pearl Valley Cheese is located in Pearl, Ohio in Co- shocton County at 28820 SR 93, Fresno. Customers are welcome to browse the shop and watch cheese being made Monday through Friday until noon through view- ing windows. “We have amazing retail customers and wholesale customers,” said Sally. “We are about 95 percent whole- sale and fi ve percent retail and without that part of the equation, none of this would happen either.” While at Pearl Valley Cheese, try some samples of cheese before you buy and if you’re interested, there is an Ohio Swiss Cheese Association history book for sale that talks about the evolution of Swiss cheese making in Ohio, including the man who started Pearl Valley Cheese, Sally’s grandfather, Ernest Stalder. “I’m glad we’re in Coshocton County,” said Sally. “I’m glad that God led grandpa to Coshocton County.” Pearl Valley Cheese is open Monday through Satur- day, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. FUNDING: More than $68,000 received Th is special washer takes care of cancer causing patho- gens and was almost $8,000 just for it, but it also takes away bloodborne pathogens. Plus we got a new thermal imaging camera and received assistance from the divi- sion of forestry for wildfi re fi ghting equipment.” Ridenour is very pleased with all the assistance his fi re department has recently received. “We needed this last grant very badly because we missed out when the county switched to the MARCS state owned radio system,” he said. “We were fortunate enough to be able to borrow radios for free until we were able to get our own, which we can now do.” Th e AFG program supports fi re departments across “Where you can have just about anything printed, except money!” 520 Main Street, Coshocton • Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30 p.m. 740-622-4429 e-mail: sprintprint520@gmail.com OPEN FOR THE SEASON! HOMEMADE COOKIES Hours: Monday-Saturday 9-6 Sunday 10-4 740.622.8915 52441 CR16, West Lafayette, OH Retirement Income Strategies Are you concerned about what is best for your needs & goals? Joshua G. 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