Mountainoak Cheese is founded on love for quality Gouda Cheese. Mountainoak Cheese is a modern, state-of-the-art processing plant that allows the van Bergeijks to continue the tradition of great-tasting, high-quality, Gouda-style cheeses made with high-quality fresh milk from their own dairy cows.
We founded Mountainoak Cheese on our love of quality Gouda Cheese. Adam van Bergeijk and his wife Hannie took over the family dairy farm in Holland from Adam's parents in 1976. In 1981, they both attended the renowned cheesemaker's school in Gouda, a centre of cheesemaking expertise for over three hundred years.
Now a teacher of cheesemaking himself, Adam has trained students from countries throughout Europe in the art of cheesemaking.
In Holland, the Van Bergeijks' prize-winning cheeses were very popular with local consumers, but there was little opportunity to grow as dairy farmers. Seeking a brighter future for their children, the family emigrated to Canada in 1996, where they purchased their present farm in Wilmot Township. Although the plan for Canada was to focus on dairy farming only, some of their original cheesemaking equipment found its way into the container destined for their new homeland. It wasn't long before they were making cheese for their own consumption.
Mountainoak Cheese is a modern, state-of-the-art processing plant that allows the van Bergeijks to continue the tradition of great-tasting, high-quality, Gouda-style cheeses made with high-quality, fresh milk from their own dairy cows.
At Mountainoak Cheese, we strive to stay true to our roots making high quality products using only the best ingredients.
To achieve these high standards, we make sure we are part of the entire process.
We plant our own seed, care for and harvest our own crops. We treat our animals with respect and personal care.
We help take care of our environment, leaving the smallest possible carbon footprint by producing our cheese right here on the farm with no extensive travelling or cooling. Just our own pure milk right into the final product.
We seek to create an environment rich in potential for our employees. We are a family.
And finally, we work to bring to our customers a cheese of the highest quality, made with only whole ingredients and a traditional dutch recipe. Each cheese is handled with care daily, aged naturally, bringing out the best characteristics of our milk and the work that has gone into each step.