Oakdale Cheese - A Taste of Holland in California
We opened the doors of our first cheese plant in California in 1983. Walter and Lenneke, our founders, bought their first cheese vat, remodeled a small milk barn nestled in an almond orchard in Escalon, and began handcrafting Dutch Gouda, Quark and yogurt.
Our store started as a self-serve operation in the barn, based on trust and a reputation for excellent cheese. Customers picked out their favorite cheeses from the refrigerator and left cash on the counter.
Although we have come a long way from the original milk barn, we still make our small batches of handcrafted cheese with the same passion our family did four generations ago. Today we offer several varieties of award-winning Gouda and other specialties in our expanded full-scale cheese plant in Oakdale where customers can enjoy their cheese, relax and have a picnic under the trees next to the pond.
Handcrafted Cheeses for Four Generations
Our love of cheesemaking began four generations ago in the Gouda region of Holland. Over a century ago, Geertje Rosenboom started the tradition of making Gouda cheese in a room attached to her farmhouse kitchen while her husband was milking cows. Geertje perfected her recipes and won our family's first awards for cheesemaking - a tradition that continues today!
Our Founders – Walter & Lenneke Bulk
In 1979, when Walter was 29 years old, he left his family’s farm in the Netherlands and immigrated to California with a passion for agriculture and a dream of building a better life for his future family. Two years later, he met Lenneke, his soon-to-be wife, on a return visit to the Netherlands and his dream took off. Lenneke, who is always up for an adventure, happily returned to California with Walter. Shortly after, they decided that they missed Dutch Gouda and started handcrafting their own cheeses using Walter’s grandma’s recipes with the hopes that Californians would enjoy their prized recipes as much as Europeans did. Thankfully they were right, and the legacy of Oakdale Cheese began.
Our Cheese Makers – John & Jessica Bulk
Today John, Walter & Lenneke’s son, is our head cheesemaker. He graduated with a degree in Dairy Science & Processing from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he further developed his passion for cheesemaking. One of his first contributions was adding the highly praised White Cheddar to our list of handcrafted cheeses. In 2013, John married Jessica, a valuable addition to our team. She helps with cheesemaking and constantly works to improve our gardens and business.
Oakdale Cheese & Specialties
Questions about us or our cheese?
Please contact us at:
7 days/week 9-6 pst April-Mid Jan
(Winter hours: 7 days/week 9-5 pst Mid Jan-Mar)
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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10040 State Highway 120
Oakdale, CA 95361