From the Farm Family…

Time flies when you’re having fun! As sweet as the summer months were, it’s time to enjoy this beautiful fall season. We are looking forward to picking apples (our family tradition), carving pumpkins, and the upcoming corn harvest. This season we will harvest over 3,800 acres of corn, making “Cow Chow” for our girls! As the corn continues to grow so does our family,

Jamie & Steve†: Brooke 15; Braelyn 12;  Brex 10
JJ & Chase: Kiley 17; Jaylyn 10; Jaxen 8;  Jase 6
Bryan & Ashley: Peyton 9; Brynn & Bryley 7
Dustin: Kadence 4

Always count your blessings,
The Pagel Family


New Office Staff

Alyssa Berg, daughter of Craig and Annie Berg, is our new Office Intern. A senior at Kewaunee High School, Alyssa is very active playing on the Varsity Volleyball Team! During the school year, Alyssa is involved with Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) as the active Vice President. Her passions outside of school are hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. We look forward to watching her grow through this internship.

Vicky Dahlke has joined the team as our new Executive Assistant. She resides in Kewaunee with her husband, Steve along with their two boys, Brandan and Cole, and their black lab, Melody. They enjoy watching their boys play football, basketball, and baseball. To Vicky, spending time with friends and family is most important.
“I am very eager to start in this new role and learn more about the dairy industry,” says Vicky! We are glad to have her on board with the team. Make sure to give her a warm welcome when coming through the front door.

Clyde Hill Calf Ranch

Calf Manager, Shawn Miller, and his team are hard at work making sure all 3,000 calves are happy and healthy! Fun fact, in the month of August it took roughly 27,800 gallons of milk to feed the calves!

General Store

Hours: Monday-Friday: 8 AM – 4:30 PM
Always available in our General Store at Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, LLC.
Ponderosa Farmstead cheese curds
Ponderosa Farmstead cheese whips
Ponderosa Farmstead fiesta string & whips
Ponderosa Farmstead block cheeses
Ponderosa Farmstead beef sticks & jerky
FRESH curds are available on Mondays and Thursdays, given there is no holiday. First come, first-serve basis!

Summer Help on the Farm

“Not only do we appreciate the extra help around the farm, but it’s fun teaching trade jobs and seeing the hard work the kids put in every day” – Pagel’s Managers
Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, LLC is proud to teach the next generation ALL jobs which take place on the farm. Thank you to ALL our summer students for helping!

Tour the Ponderosa!

Farm tours are in full swing at the dairy. This summer we welcomed guests all over the world. From South America to California and all the way to the Carolinas! Farm favorites were the FRESH cheese curds, visiting the calf ranch, and seeing the birth of a calf! Don’t miss out on an opportunity to visit.
Book your school, volunteer group, or family tour today!

Fall Fest on the Farm

Thank you, to those who attended our Fall Fest on the Farm!
Fall Fest was held to show appreciation to our landlords and neighbors in advance of the busy harvest season.

Ponderosa Farmstead Cheese

Now Available in Stores!

Ponderosa Farmstead string, whips, and curds have officially been launched in ALL Festival Foods grocery stores statewide! Click here to see where you can purchase Ponderosa Farmstead Cheese! 

Special Visits

Marianne Smurkowski from The Center for Dairy Research (CDR) and Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Terry Lensmire stopped by on July 24th to interview Cheesemaker Ben for the Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Program. Ben will be pursuing a Master Medal for mozzarella cheese. There are currently only 60 certified Master Cheesemakers in the world today. The Master Cheesemaker program takes 3 years to complete. At the end of the 3 years, Ben will have 1 week to take and complete the Master Cheesemaker exam, which will take 40-60 hours to complete. We wish Ben the best of luck!

Upcoming Competitions
Ponderosa Farmstead is entered into the World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy this October; this is the largest annual “cheese only” contest on the planet with over 40 nations participating! We entered, curds, whips, string, fiesta string, fiesta whips, caciotta, and chanakh.

Ponderosa Farmstead in the News
WFRV – Award-Winning Farmstead Cheese
Baltimore Style – Game Day B.Y.O.

Farmstead Facts
Ponderosa Farmstead broke a production record in July, producing 27,485 lbs of cheese. This was 1,000 lbs. over the biggest production month on record. Great work Ponderosa Farmstead!

The Cannery Market, LLC

“In memory of our farmer,” John T. Pagel, The Farmer’s Table is a private event space with seating for up to 25 people. This space is perfect for business meetings or family gatherings. An exclusive Chef’s experience is also available for up to 10 guests. Reserve the space today!

Ron’s Wisconsin Cheese, LLC

Christmas is right around the corner! Leave Wisconsin cheese under the Christmas tree for your family, friends, and customers. Order online or by phone.


Our mailing address is:
N4893 Cty Rd. C, Kewaunee, WI. 54216