Re: Property: Blue Moon Cheese Factory
Contact:  Cheryl Kern-Simirenko


Blue Moon was a Thorp landmark for many years. My father, James Kern, was the licensed cheesemaker there from 1945 until about 1966, when he became the field man, retiring in 1976. He was also the union steward for many years. I believe that Blue Moon was independently owned until the early fifties, when it was bought by Foremost, and sold again in the late 70's/early eighties. Blue Moon's signature cheeses included "Gold'n'Rich," Port Salut, Gorgonzola and bleu. During the Foremost years, my father won numerous blue ribbons at the Wisconsin State Fair for bleu and gorgonzola, and also the Governor's Sweepstakes. The Thorp Area Historical Society has information on Blue Moon, including memorabilia which I donated in 2004.



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