“We want to make great cheese right on [Jer-Lindy Farms]—it’s a concept Minnesota has far too little of in our opinion, despite being a big dairy state,” says Alise Sjostrom, co owner, president and head cheesemaker at Redhead Creamery. The cheese plant opened last year and hosted its first meetings in September. Sjostrom wanted to show people how cheese is made firsthand, and building an event space allows her to do just that while also providing a unique option for groups. Sjostrom visited over 50 cheese plants over 10 states and collected the best features for the two-story building. The idea was to have a view that overlooks the plant and 4-acre pond, and with windows that touch the ground, both the tall and the small can watch the cheese-making process.
The meeting space, which is located within the retail store (with the option to close it down for private parties), accommodates 35 to 40 people who can also tour the farm and creamery. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a backdrop for presentations and the option to bring in snacks or catering (there are plans to become a licensed kitchen with a liquor license). “We can also provide educational sessions on cheese tasting, cheese and wine pairing, or cooking,” says Sjostrom, whose parents and husband are co-owners. “We are always interested in new ideas related to teambuilding retreats that could use our wide-open farm spaces.”