Meet Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese

Meet Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese

Virtual Farmers Market StaffAugust 18, 2021

Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese is a small artisan cheese plant nestled within the rolling hills of Gunn's Hill Rd., in Oxford County, Ontario. The cheeses produced at Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese are truly unique although you can taste the Swiss influence from techniques and recipes Shep learned while making cheese in the town of Handeck, in the Swiss Alps. Today, there are two full time cheese makers and a team of staff that work diligently to produce some of Canada's finest award winning cheeses. Owners Shep Ysselstein and Colleen Bator are proud of the little thriving business.

The cheese plant is located within the heart of the Dairy Capital of Canada and is only minutes away from downtown Woodstock. The milk used to create the cheeses comes from the neighbouring family dairy farm, Friesvale Farms, where the finest Canadian milk is produced. To ensure cheeses that are of top quality and taste Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheeses are handcrafted using traditional cheese-making methods.

The owner and operator of Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese is Shep Ysselstein. Shep's journey to becoming a skilled cheese maker began on the family dairy farm where he not only loved dairy farming, but all the delicious products that come from dairy. After he completed university, where he received a degree in business, Shep had numerous opportunities studying and making cheese in the United States, British Columbia and most recently Switzerland. It was during these ventures that he developed his passion and skill set for cheese making.  If you would like to learn about Shep’s full cheese making process at Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese, check out this video.

Gunn's Hill has several varieties of cheese on the Market this week, including Gunn's Hill Jalapeno, Brigid's Brie, and Norview Goat Gouda.