• Graziers Gold

    Grazier’s Gold, available now!

    Grazier’s Gold, a kiss of grass in April.
    100% grass-fed milk, semi-firm golden young cheese, unwashed rind. Dense full texture,
    buttery, mild salty, finishes with a perfect mild grassy bite. Flavor develops 60-90 minutes at room temperature. Leaves you wanting more.

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    Grazier’s Gold, available now!

  • Producers of Rochdale Farms

    Our Producers: Sugar River Dairy

    Sugar River Dairy Albany, Wisconsin   Ron and Chris Paris started making yogurt in 2001, when a dream and a lot of hard work turned an abandoned Green County barn into Sugar River Dairy. Using a back to basics, hands on approach and simple, clean ingredients Sugar River has been turning out delicious cream top […]

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    Our Producers: Sugar River Dairy

  • Grass Kase

    Grass Käse available now!

    Go and grab yourself a little taste of grass in the middle of winter! Get yours today, available now at Mississippi Market (Selby), People’s Co-op (Rochester) and Linden Hills Co-op.

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    Grass Käse available now!

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Rochdale Farms

Farming with respect for the land. Good food. Strong communities. A fair economy. This is the world we’re working to bring to reality. Here at Rochdale Farms, we strive to continue the cooperative tradition by helping small producers market their food, grow their businesses, and support their communities.

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Our Story

Rochdale Farms was named by founders Mary Bess Michaletz and Bentley Lein in honor of the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers, home to the original consumer cooperative launched in 1844 in Rochdale, England. Back then, the Rochdale Society set out to change the world. What they accomplished was revolutionary, bold and scoffed at by many […]

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Our Farmers

We are committed to working with small-scale farmers and farmer cooperatives to bring you only the best locally-produced yogurt, hand-rolled butter, and organic, artisan and seasonal cheeses. We partner with a growing chain of participants, including: Old Country Farms Amish Dairy Cooperative, home to 350 Amish farms Pastureland Cooperative, home to five grass-based dairy farm families […]

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About Us

Rochdale Farms was named by founders Mary Bess Michaletz and Bentley Lein in honor of the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers, home to the original consumer cooperative launched in 1844 in Rochdale, England. Back then, the Rochdale Society set out to change the world. What they accomplished was revolutionary, bold and scoffed at by many of their contemporaries. Facing poverty and personal hardship in the tumult of the industrial revolution, the Rochdale Pioneers opened the first cooperatively organized store on Toad Lane, offering only five items on the shelves: flour, oatmeal, sugar, butter and candles.

Learning from past experience, the Rochdale Pioneers articulated a set of guiding principles later known as the Rochdale Principles of Co-operation. This important event has been credited as the start of the modern cooperative movement and, according to the International Co-operative Alliance, nearly 1 billion people are members of the cooperative movement today. Nearly 3 billion people in the world have a more secure livelihood because of it.

 

For information about our project, please contact Mary Bess Michaletz at marybess@rochdalefarms.coop

For distribution information, please call Co-op Partners Warehouse at: 651-644-7000

 

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