Meet Your Cheesemakers:
Local Artisan Cheeses
After dairying conventionally for 15 years, Al and Desiree Wehner switched their farming method to an intensive grazing management farming style in 1993. In less than a year, they knew they had found a better way to farm. In this method “cows could be cows” and do what nature intended—eat grass! The cows are moved to a fresh pasture every twelve hours and kept cool under a large pivot system. This farming style combined with the natural resources and mild winters in South Georgia keeps the cows living longer, healthier lives on fresh green grass 365 days per year. SGD was born in December of 2000.Cheese was so exciting because it is equally artistic and scientific at the same time. There are only 4 ingredients in cheese (milk, salt, rennet, and cultures) but there are over 900 different kinds of cheese in the world. Handcrafted cheese made in a traditional or old-world style was a perfect vehicle to show off the high quality, grass-based milk. Sweet Grass Dairy cheeses were an immediate hit! The Wehners gave their daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Jeremy, the opportunity to come back to the farm to help with the growth in 2002. Jeremy and Jessica fell in love with the business and decided to purchase SGD in 2005. Picking up where the Wehners left off, Jeremy and Jessica had a fierce desire to provide an experience in every bite to impact how people think about food. Jeremy focused on traditionally making old world style cheeses while constantly pursuing progress through science. Jessica passionately tells the story of sustainable agriculture and humanely raised animals through the high quality of the milk and subsequently the cheeses.