The Schlafly Beer Employee Blog

July 7, 2011

Meet the Farmer: Marcoot Jersey Creamery

The Marcoot family has lived in the Bond-Madison County area in Illinois since 1840 when they were actually the “Markut” family. The Markuts changed their name to the Old World spelling of “Marcoot” and began raising Jersey cattle by mid-century. Seven generations of Marcoots have raised Jersey cattle and, in March 2010, the family added to their legacy by starting the Marcoot Jersey Creamery.

logotop2010qvn4 The creamery made its first wheels of cheese on March 29, 2010 as the extended Marcoot family worked together to provide all the labor for the farm and the creamery. Their cheese is made solely from the milk of their registered Jersey grass-fed cattle. Sixty milking cows enjoy pasturing on the paddocks of a variety of photo158grasses and are given no hormones.
 
Marcoot makes a variety of cheeses and dairy products, including specialty raw milk cheeses aged in their aging cave that is modeled after the man-made cheese caves in Switzerland. Their building is purposely built with viewing windows so the public can view as they make cheese and process milk. Visit them in Greenville, Illinois or at the Maplewood Farmers Market.

Follow them on Facebook or visit their website at marcootjerseycreamery.com.

Marcoot Jersey Creamery is also our SLOWednesday featured farm for July 13th at 7:30 in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks

SLOWednesday occurs on the second Wednesday of each month between June and October, and is presented by Slow Food St. Louis and the Schlafly Bottleworks. Each month a different farmer from the Maplewood Farmers Market will speak about their farm, giving you the opportunity to get to know your food, its origins, and most important, its producers. The culinary staff of the Schlafly Bottleworks will also cook a special meal utilizing products from the featured farm.