Address: S2244 Langaard Ln, Westby WI 54667 / (608) 634-3199
About Us / Nordic Creamery History: A Family FarmAward-winning Cheesemaker and Buttermaker Al Bekkum and his family live on the Bekkum-Langaard Farmstead owned and operated by their family since immigration from Norway in 1917. The farm is located among other Norwegian settlers in Westby, Wisconsin within Vernon County's lush, green hills and valleys known as the Coulee Region. This un-glaciated land is recognized for its fertile soil and exceptional grazing land making their cheese and butter second to none. Bekkum-Langard family members are not only involved in daily farming but also in cheese making. We're family owned and operated and we think you'll love our cheese because our happy cows and goats produce some of the freshest milk in the area!Award Winning CheesemakerTaking this rich milk product and making it into award-winning cheese is what 25-year veteran licensed cheese and butter maker Al Bekkum does at Nordic Creamery. Al Bekkum is a licensed Wisconsin butter maker and cheesemaker, crafting some of the finest, award-winning goat and cow's milk artisan cheese in Wisconsin. He has consistently received numerous gold and silver medals at national and international competitions including the American Cheese Society, U.S. Cheesemakers Association and World Cheese Awards. He has earned the reputation for creating the finest handcrafted cheeses in traditional Wisconsin-styles as well as award-winning butters. Here is a short list:2007 US Championship Cheese Contest: Gold Award, Best of Class Hard Goat Cheese2008 World Championship Cheese Contest: Silver 2ndAward, Hard Mixed milk Cheese2009 US Championship Cheese Contest: Gold Award, Best of Class Hard Mixed Milk Cheese2009 US Championship Cheese Contest: Gold Award, Best of Class Flavored Soft & Semi-Soft Mixed Milk Cheese2009 US Championship Cheese Contest: Silver 2nd Award, Hard Mixed Cheese2010 World Championship Cheese Contest: Silver 2ndAward, Flavored Soft & Semi-Soft Mixed Milk Cheese2011 US Championship Cheese Contest: Silver 2nd Award, Goat’s, Sheep’s & Mixed Milk ButterNaturally Grown & FreshNordic Creamery is making some of Wisconsin's finest gourmet, artisan cheese and butter. We don't mass produce our cheese; we make small handcrafted batches of our cheese in Southwestern Wisconsin's "Driftless" Coulee Region. All of our cheese and butter is "Certified Naturally Grown.” That means we don’t give our cows or goats any hormones such as rBGH and we don’t add artificial ingredients. Our stock is grass feed in open pastures during the summer and feed a mostly grass hay diet during the winter as well. We don’t need to add chemicals to our cheese or butter, our secret ingredient is freshness!The CNG Standards and growing requirements are based on the USDA National Organic Program rules. They are no less strict- in fact CNG farmers are constantly improving their soil and striving to increase the sustainability of their farming operations. The primary difference between Certified Naturally Grown and the USDA Organic program is cost to farmers and paperwork requirements.