Established in 1924, Scray Cheese is a family owned, 4th generation artisan cheese factory. Located in De Pere, Wisconsin. Handcrafting Cheddar, Edam, Fontina, and Gouda.
We've got a view for you!
If you are in the Green Bay area, stop in for some Fresh Squeaky Cheese Curds and a cup of coffee while watching the art of cheese making through our viewing window! We are just miles from historic Lambeau Field, home of the Super Bowl Champions, the Green Bay Packers. Cheese is made on Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays. (Mornings are best to see the most action).
Handcrafted Wisconsin Cheese, shipped to your door!
What better way to please, than with cheese! We ship year round and nationwide. Wisconsin cheese makes a great gift or snack for your next party! Place your order online, via email, or call us at (920) 347-0303.
Scray's ship through the post office flat rate system.
We ship up to 15 items including a thermal liner and one ice pack. If you have a larger order, please call our store at (920)347-0303. If you are shipping somewhere warm or during summer months, please add an ice pack or two to your order.
All packages go out Monday-Wednesday to ensure a better quality product.
For orders with curds: The Post Office does not deliver on Sundays, so to avoid the added day in transit, we only ship out on Monday and Tuesday (the day they are made). Your order must be received by 12 pm on Tuesday, otherwise the order will go out the following Monday. If you want your package shipped on Wednesday anyway (with curds that are a day old) please add a note during checkout in the comment area.
Once the packages are picked up by the post office, Scray's hands off liability to the post office
Please call the United States Post Office with your tracking number (sent to the email address you provided) if there are any delays/problems with shipping.
Holiday weeks: Hours may vary
Immigrants from Belgium, the Scray family found their way to the midwest in 1849.
Two Generations later Edward Scray moved to De Pere, Wisconsin to purchase a cheese factory. The factory first opened in 1924 specializing in Gouda, Cheddar, and butter. The small factory brought in milk from local farmers by way of milk cans on horse and buggy. Edward created his own cultures and used an open fire underneath the vats to heat the milk. He used wooden hoops to press the cheese into shapes and hand salted each piece. Edward passed his knowledge and expertise on to his son, Edgar, in 1948.
During this time, there were hundreds of cheese factories in Brown County alone.
Edgar increased production and was able to take on more local farms. He became an expert on producing cultures, this allowed Scray Cheese to have a steady flow of quality product going out the door. During this time, the steam-generating industry allowed Edgar to heat his vats with something other than an open flame. In time, he was able to move the cooler above ground and create a space for packaging. Edgar takes pride in his multiple awards for Gouda, Cheddar, Colby and Butter. By the end of his ownership, there were only two cheese factories left in Brown County.
Edgar's son, James, decided to take over the factory in 1982.
When 14, Jim started helping his father after school and during the summer. With thoughts of taking over the family business, Jim worked on getting his cheese maker license in 1980. He decided to continue the family tradition of cheese making by taking over the factory in 1982. He continued on to receive his pasteurization license in 1989. .He was able to purchase his cultures from Holland, decreasing the risks involved with producing cheese. Jim continued to emphasize quality in his cheese making process, focusing on Gouda and Cheddar. Throughout the years, Jim is the first to arrive at the factory, preparing for the day. Jim oversees all operations, with an emphasis on the manufacturing of the cheese. Jim sets the pace and quality standards for Scray Cheese and continues to share his knowledge with his son, Ryan.
The factory is currently being passed to the fourth generation to Jim's children, Ryan and Kayla.
Like Jim, Ryan grew up watching his father and grand father hard at work in the factory. At the age of 15, Ryan entered the cheese making world by waxing and packaging cheese. After receiving his business degree at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Ryan worked toward his cheese maker and pasteurization license and came back to work full time with his father in 2009. Ryan is now the plant manager and oversees manufacturing and quality control. Similar to Ryan, Kayla started working at the factory at 15 years old. She also received a business degree at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Kayla took over the administrative and bookkeeping side of the business, guided by her grand father, Edgar. She then started a new venture for Scray Cheese and opened Scray Cheese Shoppe connected to the factory. The factory has gone through many changes to increase production since Ryan and Kayla have returned. A third vat was installed, a new milk silo added, as well an additions to the brine, cooler and packaging areas. Starting a new tradition, Scray Cheese began producing Fontina in 2012.
Scray Cheese is dedicated to help keep small, local businesses alive.
Their secret ingredient lies within the local farmers they buy their milk from. Their dedication to provide quality milk throughout the years has helped with the success and continuing growth of their factory. Happy cows really DO come from Wisconsin after all. Thank you for your support!
Scray Cheese Shoppe
When you think of Wisconsin, what comes to mind? Cheese!!
Scray Cheese Shoppe offers the Green Bay area and its visitors quality handcrafted Wisconsin Cheese.
Scray Cheese specializes in Gouda/Edam, Fontina, and Cheddar. Gouda and Edam are the same cheese here in America, they just have a different shape. (Similar to Colby and Longhorn Colby). Scray Cheese originally made their own cultures to make their cheese but they are now more controlled in a lab and sent to Scray Cheese from Holland. All milk brought into the plant is from local, family owned farms. Gouda is a semi-soft, creamy, full flavored, nutty, slightly sweet flavored cheese. Scray's Smoked Gouda is sent to a Wisconsin smoke house to be naturally smoked with oak wood chips. Gouda gets better as you let it age. Cheddar, also, gets better with age. Squeaky fresh cheese curds are made weekly. Cheese curds are cheddar that has not been pressed into a block and can be left on the counter for 3 days after they are made to "keep the squeak". Cheddar is a semi-hard, yet creamy cheese that gets stronger in flavor with age. Seasonings are added to the Cheddar to make the different flavors Scray's carries in store. In 2012, Scray Cheese started a new venture, making handcrafted Fontina cheese. Fontina is a semi-soft, mild, creamy, slightly sweet flavored cheese. Very similar to Gouda, Fontina is more creamy and is better when enjoyed within 6 months of the make date. Great for melting in a recipe, making fondue, for a cheese tray, or to give a sandwich a little more flavor than a provolone would. Scray Cheese Shoppe carries over 100 different types of cheese, all Wisconsin made. There are a few imported cheeses available from Holland that are dynamite. Scray's offers an array of spreads, specialty Wisconsin meats, local coffee, and premium ice cream. Stop in for a quick bag of curds, or stay awhile and enjoy a coffee or latte while you shop!.
Scray Cheese Shoppe first opened its doors in July of 2009.
With a viewing window in the shoppe, customers are able to see the craft of cheese making as well as the cheese makers hard at work! Fresh cheese is made Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, so if you are looking for delicious squeaky cheese curds, visit on one of these days. (These cheese making days may vary during Holiday weeks).
A drive-thru window is also available, not only for coffee and smoothies, but for cheese!
Want Wisconsin cheese delivered to your doorstep?
No problem! Scray Cheese Shoppe now offers online ordering. They still take phone orders, otherwise stop on by to personally choose the cheese needed to be shipped. (Great for Birthdays or "Thank You" gifts!).
Scray Cheese is a family owned Wisconsin cheese manufacture dedicated to keep small, local businesses alive. Their secret ingredient lies within the local farmers they buy their milk from. Their dedication to provide quality milk throughout the years has helped with the success and continuing growth of their factory. Happy cows DO come from Wisconsin after all.