17591 N 600 EAST ROAD

Ludwig Farmstead Creamery
Fithian, IL

Ludwig Farmstead Creamery is a European-style, farmstead creamery located
in Fithian, Illinois. It sits on Feathercreek Farm, a 150-acre, fifth-generation family
farm originally settled in 1866. The Ludwig family's primary business is the care and
breeding of high pedigree, purebred Holstein dairy cattle.
The Creamery was the vision of Jacob ("Jake") V. Ludwig, a University of Illinois
graduate with a chemistry degree and a passion for cheese making. He recognized the
synergy and great potential of using the morning-fresh milk from his father's blue-
ribbon cows to handcraft traditional artisan cheeses right on the farm. Upon
graduating in 2009, Jake studied for a year as a cheese making intern in Pennsylvania,
developing his own specialized Havarti-style cheese seasoned with habanero peppers.
He then returned to Fithian where he designed and built the cheesemaking facility.
Sadly, Jake lost his life before the cheese production came to fruition. To continue
Jake’s dream, Jake’s father, Dave Ludwig hired a Dutch Cheese maker, Fons Smits,
who developed several award winning recipes.
Today we continue to produce a line of European style, raw milk, and artisan
aged cheeses in small batches. Our small batch cheeses are made with day-fresh milk
supplied from our own Holstein cows, on our Illinois farm. We are very proud to have
received the animal welfare certification, Certified Humane, for the raising and
handling of our cattle. We think consumers will appreciate where our cheese comes
from and how the care that goes into making cheese aligns directly with the care that
goes into the cows. We believe the exceptional care we take in raising, feeding, and
handling our cows’ results in a consistently high quality of milk which translates into
exceptional tasting farmstead cheese.

5941 W. 82nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46278


17591 N 600 EAST ROAD