An Uplands Upbringing

Farm produces award-winning cheeses in the heart of Wisconsin’s Dairyland

An Uplands Upbringing

For Andy Hatch, there is an image that sticks in his mind: Last spring, his wife, Caitlin, and their farming partner, Liana Mericka, cared for the nearly 200 calves born on Uplands’ farm in April and May, while simultaneously nurturing their own babies. Liana had her infant strapped on her back, while Caitlin’s toddler slept close-by.

It pulls together themes in Hatch’s life as a parent, husband, farmer, businessman and cheesemaker — such as dedication and renewal. There is an easy analogy to be made regarding the round-the-clock commitment needed in both endeavors: raising a child and running a dairy farm, he says.

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Papaya Power “The Fruit of the Angels”

Papaya Power “The Fruit of the Angels”

Papayas were the 1980s version of the mangosteen. Back in the day, papaya was hard to find and considered exotic by most home cooks, except those living in tropical regions.

Nowadays the fruit is so common some supermarkets offer it pre-cut in grab-and-go fruit sections, which takes the guesswork out of selecting ripe specimens. If cut, look for a deep orange color flesh and black seeds that indicate ripeness and sweetness.

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Bayley Hazen

Sweet And Creamy Blue For All Cheese Lovers

Bayley Hazen

Why buy the cow? For brothers and cheese-makers Andy and Mateo Kehler it wasn’t about getting the milk for free. Their farm in Greensboro, VT was the result of “the quest for meaningful work in a place we love,” says Mateo. For more than a century, members of the Kehler family maintained a summertime romance with Greensboro, a sleepy village nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. So in 1998, the brothers consummated their relationship with the town by buy-ing the out-of-business Jasper Hill Farm.

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