Thunder Bay·Northern Nosh

Thunder Oak Cheese Farm celebrating a quarter century of gouda-making

Up North's Jonathan Pinto spoke with co-owner and head cheesemaker Walter Schep about how it began.

Head cheesemaker Walter Schep produces 16 varieties of gouda

Eli Schep holding a wheel of gouda at Thunder Oak Cheese Farm. (Walter Schep)

Located south of Thunder Bay in Neebing, Thunder Oak Cheese Farm produces just over a tonne of cheese every week. The business is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, but as it turns out, the Schep family has a much longer history with gouda.

Walter and Joanne Schep own Thunder Oak Cheese Farm. (Water Schep)

I spoke with co-owner and head cheesemaker Walter Schep about how it all began — and asked if he ever gets tired of eating cheese. 

Tap on the player to hear our conversation.

Located just south of Thunder Bay in Neebing, Thunder Oak Cheese Farm is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Host Jonathan Pinto spoke with co-owner and head cheesemaker Walter Schep about how it began. (And by the way, when Walter mentions the DFO, that's the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.)
Thunder Oak Cheese Farm is located at 611 Boundary Drive in Neebing. (Walter Schep)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jonathan Pinto is the host of Up North, CBC Radio One's regional afternoon show for Northern Ontario and is based in Sudbury. He was formerly a reporter/editor and an associate producer at CBC Windsor. Email jonathan.pinto@cbc.ca.

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