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Meet the Appels


Rich & Ann Appel - John & Ruth Appel

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Meet the Appels


Rich & Ann Appel - John & Ruth Appel

Appel Farms started with a young man’s dream to be a dairy farmer.  That dream brought him from his home and family in Holland to a bright future in the US.  He established his dream farm in 1967 in Whatcom County and later began making cheese for friends and family.  His hobby of cheesemaking blossomed and grew into the business it is today. Now two of his sons, with the help of their wives and children, carry on the farm and cheesemaking tradition. 

Our passion behind Appel Farms cheese comes from our love of farming, family, the land, and the community that we live in, and that is what we love to share. We’re all about creating the best quality cheese for the customers we love.

Based in Ferndale, Washington, our focus is making the highest quality farmstead artisan cheese. All our milk comes from our own dairy cows that we care for at the farm with our customer's needs in mind.    

We know that your health and well-being matters. We work hard to raise healthy cows in a healthy environment so that our cheese is the best it can possibly be.  

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Cheesemaking


Frequently asked questions

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Cheesemaking


Frequently asked questions

Where do you get your milk?

We raise our own cows so that we are guaranteed the freshest and highest quality milk.  Learn more about Milk Quality here.

How did you get started?

It all started with one man's dream of being a farmer and another man's love of German food.  Learn more about Jack Appel, the founder of Appel Farms and his friend Heinz here.

Can we watch you make cheese?

Not at this time, but we are in the process of building a new cheeseplant.  A viewing window will be included!

What is Quark?

Quark originated in Germany and is popular throughout Europe.  Check here to learn more about what makes Quark special.

What is the difference between Gouda and Cheddar?

Gouda is a semi-firm cheese while Cheddar is a hard cheese.  Learn more about the differences here.

Isn't Cheddar supposed to be orange?

Cheddar is naturally white or a pale yellow, depending on the milk.  The Cheddar that you see in the grocery store is actually colored with annatto.  Learn more here.

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Farming


Frequently asked questions

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Farming


Frequently asked questions

What types of cows do you have?

We milk Jersey and Holstein cows.  Learn more here.

Do you give your cows growth hormones?

We do not give our cows growth hormones.  Learn more here.

Do cows need to have a calf in order to give milk?

Yes.  Learn more about cows and milk production here.

What do you do with the manure?

Manure is a wonderful, natural fertilizer.  Learn more here.

Do you live near the farm?

We live and work on the farm.  It's a 24/7 job!

Is your farm organic?

We have made the decision to not become certified organic.  Learn why here.

Do you give your cows antibiotics?

We do give our cows antibiotics when they are sick.  While the cow is being medicated, the milk is discarded so it never enters the cheese.  Learn more here.

Do you raise your own calves?

We are blessed with a wonderful father/daughter team who raise our calves for us.  Learn more about them here.