SMOKED MEATS AND CHEESE TOUR
STEPHENSON COUNTY IS HOME TO MANY OF THE MIDWEST’S BEST SMOKED MEATS AND CHEESES. FROM REFINED AND AGED TO PURE SWISS AND COLBY JACK TO EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, WE’VE GOT WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR. JOURNEY TO CHEESE MARKETS AND BUTCHER SHOPS TO TASTE WHAT MAKES STEPHENSON COUNTY GREAT.
Happiness comes from great cheese and great cheese comes from the Freeport Cheese Market. The self-titled Wisconsin cheese experts of Illinois offer hundreds of different types of cheese from all around the world, from Abbaye de Belloc (a semi-hard cheese made from Sheep’s milk) to Zimbro (a sheep’s milk cheese produced in the Serra da Estrela Mountains in Portugal). Indulge yourself and broaden your horizons at the Freeport Cheese Market.
700 W South St.
Freeport, IL 61032
Beef, pork, chicken and fish are the four main food groups at Harbach Meats in Freeport. This family-owned and operated butcher shop has been in business since 1929 and holds their shop to a high standard of excellent products. Over the years they have earned an enviable reputation by offering only the highest quality beef, pork, poultry and seafood. Stop in to order a custom cut of northern Illinois’ finest and be sure to inquire about their available smoked beef and pork selections.
6444 US Highway 20 West
Freeport, IL 60132
Berner Food and Beverage, founded in 1943, has grown from a family-owned dairy product processor into a leading private label food and beverage supplier. Enjoy aerosol cheese, salsa con queso and a variety of cheese sauces made with fresh ingredients.
*Berner Food and Beverage does not sell from its manufacturing facility.
1201 S Adams Ave
Freeport, IL 60132
This small town shop specializes not only in cheese, but ice cream and sandwiches too! Travel to Davis, IL near Lake Summerset to enjoy over 55 types of decadent cheeses alongside a variety of deli meats, sausages, crackers, snacks and other goodies. Megz may not look like much from the outside, but inside you’ll find a quaint café decorated in cheery red and white that gives it its country charm.
Davis, IL 61019
Owned by Laverne and Marcia Pax, AJ’s Lena Maid Meats was founded over 50 years ago and has earned a reputation for high-quality, locally raised fresh meats, sugar-cured hams and bacon and a wide selection of specialty sausage products. Their products have competed in Quality Meat Shows, winning many championships at State and National levels. If you’re looking for high quality meats cut the way you want or the many specialty cured meats and sausage products with that “Old Country” flavor, AJ’s Lena Maid Meats is the place to stop. It’s only a short drive for premium quality at AJ’s.
500 W Main St.
Lena, IL 61048
Founded in 1895 by German immigrant, George Prinz in Lena, IL, Kolb-Lena Inc. cheese factory is a state-of-the-art cheese manufacturing facility now owned by Alouette Cheese USA, the Pennsylvania-based U.S. subsidiary of French-based Bonfrain S.A. Bongrain. Kolb-Lena produces soft-ripened, brie, feta and goat cheese that make Alouette a popular, premium spreadable cheese.
*Kolb-Lena does not sell from their manufacturing facility, but you can purchase Alouette Cheese at the local Walmart.
3990 N Sunnyside Rd
Lena, IL 61048
Family owned and operated since 1953, Eickman’s butcher shop specializes in custom cuts from local farm meat including pork, two-week dry-aged beef, lamb, venison and more. Eickman’s retail store is open Monday – Friday from 7 AM – 5:30 PM and Saturday 7 AM to 12 PM.
3226 S Pecatonica Rd
Seward, IL 61077