This is it. The famous Tillamook Cheese factory. At least, it’s famous to me since I’ve been eating their cheese for around 15 years starting in Alaska, and now in Minnesota when I can find it.
Mike and I took the self-guided tour, where we learned that cheese comes from cows. Here are a few we passed on our way into Tillamook:
Apparently, cows are milked in the morning and dairy farmers wake up very early. I would not be a good dairy farmer.
After that, we tried the free samples. You could have as much as you wanted as long as you used a fresh toothpick for each sample:
My favorite was the extra sharp cheddar:
You can buy cheese at the factory. They have chunked, sliced, and shredded varieties in a ton of different flavors:
And ice cream. Mike and I skipped this after biking 70 miles in 60 degree temperatures: