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March 11, 2010
by The Muellers
August 23, 2005
There are numerous static displays of cheese-related items in the lobby heading toward the factory line itself. Life-sized ceramic cows look at you and demonstrate various types of milking apparatus. And, of course, there are samples of various types of cheese.
But, if you're a fan of seeing how things are actually made, you'll have to go upstairs to the observation deck. From there you can see the vats where cheese and ice cream are made (and an ice cream stand is open there during the summer), as well as the assembly line process taking cheese from large blocks down to individually wrapped packages.
It's impossible to go to the deli aisle without thinking of this trip.
From journal Cheese, Trees, and Ocean Breeze
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
August 27, 2001
The Tillamook County Creamery Association has 196 member dairies who supply milk for cheese and other products. The two story Tillamook Cheese factory/store is the largest in the area and is right on the coastal highway as you're heading north out of town. Their brochure says 55,000,000 pounds of Tillamook cheese are produced each year and it is the number one selling cheese in the Pacific Northwest. I know I regularly make trips across the border into Washington to get my fix!
Every day, thousands of people visit here to tour the factory and learn about cheese making from the many exhibits, photos and displays. Throughout the building, antique equipment and old advertising posters detail the evolution of cheese production and keep you entertained. There is even a large plastic cow that demonstrates the milking process.
There are also lots of free samples - don't miss trying cheese curds, or as they call them, "squeaky cheese" because of the sensation on your teeth when you chew them.
Upstairs, the large picture windows let you watch what's happening in the factory below. The gift shop and large retail area do a booming business. As well as cheese, the ice cream is a must try! There is a very large area on the main floor and a smaller one upstairs where you can take your pick from over 30 flavours, including root beer float, caramel corn, chocolate peanut butter, wild mountain blackberry, white licorice and lots more. It's such a popular part of the store that there is always a line.
The casual "Farmhouse Cafe" is open daily and serves breakfast favourites like omeletes, hot cakes and eggs and hash browns from 8:00 am until ll:00. Lunch is served from ll:00 until closing and you can pick from a large selection of burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads. They are all reasonably priced and served cafeteria style.
At one time, the products were sent to coastal towns via The Morning Star sailing ship which is on display outside, near the parking lot.
The factory is open daily from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm (only until 6:00 pm from mid September to mid June). There is no charge for the tour.
From journal Pacific City and Beyond