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Clayton Farmer's Market: Meet Fons Smits of Ludwig Farmstead Creamery

The Illinois business offers a variety of raw-milk cheeses.

Visitors to the Clayton Farmer's Market this Saturday will find a variety of raw-milk cheeses crafted by hand in small batches at Fithian, IL-based Ludwig Farmstead Creamery.

"We make them from our own milk," said Fons Smits, who manages the creamery. The business opened 1 1/2 years ago and expanded distribution into the St. Louis area. This marks the creamery's first season at the market.

The creamery sits on 150 acres of fifth-generation farmland, the creamery's website states.

Milk from the creamery's Holstein cows is processed into cheese within 12 hours, Smits said. Products that market visitors can purchase include traditional Dutch Farmstead Gouda, Alpine-style Feather Ridge cheese and Jake's Wheel, a soft cheese that comes in flavors such as habanero and bacon.

The creamery holds Certified Humane status for the humane treatment of its cows.

More information about the creamery is available by going to ludwigfarmsteadcreamery.com.

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