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Metz’s Hart-Land Creamery keeps cheese fresh and local


By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford All

Jeff and Mariann Metz showing their facility. Photo provided by Metz Hart-Land Creamery



For the Metz family, every month is dairy month. Jeff Metz has been dairy farming just outside of Hart, Minn. on 25909 County Rd. 102 for 30 years, and according to his wife, Mariann, has “always talked about cheese making”. That idea began to grow to fruition about seven years ago, when their children – daughters Alicia, Courtney, Brittany, her husband Nick Agrimson, and son Nathan – started expressing interest in working on the farm as well. Jeff and Mariann started thinking of ways to expand the business, and according to Mariann, sat down for a family meeting about five years ago to figure out how serious the kids were about staying on the farm, and to explore the idea of starting their own cheese making creamery. Everyone was on board, and this launched the Metzes into a 5-year process of researching cheese making and equipment, looking at the current market to see what gaps could be filled, and building their facility. They added a creamery onto their existing milkhouse so there could be a direct line from the dairy where their 200+ cows are milked to the creamery tank. It just doesn’t get fresher than that.

The creamery opened in July 2014, and today, Metz’s Hart-Land Creamery block cheeses and cheese curds in multiple flavors (including Plain, Garlic & Herb, 6 Pepper, Dill, Chipotle, and Ranch) can be found throughout Southeast Minn. in area grocery and convenience stores, including Rushford Foods, numerous HyVees in Rochester, Winona, Owatonna, and Faribault, Jesse Street Java, Norseland Lefse, Pam’s Corner, and the Severson Station. Metz’s also ships products straight off their farm.

The creamery building consists of the milk tank, vats for the cheesemaking, coolers, storage coolers, a “wrap room” for packaging, a viewing room so visitors can see the facility and equipment and watch the cheese making process, as well as an office. The farm is very supportive of community involvement, and often have couples, families, and groups such as 4-H and FFA come out and tour the farm and creamery. “It’s amazing,” says Metz, “how even in a rural community, how far removed people can be from farming.” She says it is incredible to see visitors’ eyes, especially the youngest ones, be opened to the entire story of dairy farming and cheese making. A comment she gets all the time from visitors is how important it is for them to know and see their food’s sourcing. She says, “People l .....
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday, April 17. The second event welcomed Root River Floral to its new location in Rushford, located at 303 S. Elm Street. Root River Floral is a full service florist a ..... 
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday, April 17. The first event welcomed Derek Berg and his new Farm Bureau Financial Services business in Rushford, located at 305 S. Elm Street. Farm Bureau Financial S ..... 
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The facts on the R-P school project Response to Stan Gudmundson letter regarding R-P Schools

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By John Linder More than six months ago, the voters of the R-P School District passed a building referendum helped by the generous support of the state. It is unfortunate that a small butvocal group that opposed the referendum are still making clai ..... 
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Rushford enacts moratorium for interconnection to electrical grid

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford City Council approved the recommendation of the Electric Utility Commission to initiate a moratorium, for up to one year, on the interconnection process for distributed generation systems with the Rushford municipal utility system. The ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson announces 2015 summer meal program

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

This summer, all children ages birth to 18, REGARDLESS of income level, will be able to eat FREE breakfasts and lunches at school Monday thru Friday beginning June 1-September 2 during designated serving times. Breakfast from 8-9 a.m. Lunch fr ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson hears caution from public, board members

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Monday, May 18 R-P School Board meeting was limited in agenda mainly to changes in staffing, end of year housekeeping, and approval of both district and Minnesota Department of Education policies. However, both public comment and board member co ..... 
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Rushford Village approves 2015 Pavement Management

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Village Council voted unanimously to approve the 2015 Pavement Management at the Tuesday, May 19 meeting. The council also approved a resolution for plans, specifications, and the advertising of bids for the road work. Bolton & Menk eng ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Disaster-free zone

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Journal Student Writing Project

Recently, Nepal has been hit with some severe and devastating earthquakes; a quake of magnitude 7.8 followed by a magnitude 7.3 less than three weeks later. The body count from the first earthquake has surpassed 8,000 people and is still rising. The ..... 
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