Marieke and Rolf Penterman both grew up on dairy farms in the Netherlands, however, when Rolf was at the age where he was ready to start his own business there was no good (or affordable!) farmland available for him to start his own operation. He decided to relocate to Thorp, Wisconsin, where he started a 350 cow dairy. Marieke, his wife, got her Bachelor's Degree in dairy science, and followed Rolf to the U.S. in 2003.
She soon missed the cheese from back home and decided to make her own Dutch Gouda in America. After getting her cheesemaker's license from the state of Wisconsin and completing an apprenticeship in Holland, she began producing her own Dutch-style Gouda cheese. Dozens of awards followed, including the 2013 United States Grand Champion Cheese, and the 2015 Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer Award for the state of Wisconsin - for which she was the first woman to ever win the accolade.