sailed across the ocean in search of land and opportunity. Their formidable journey brought them to the rich lakeshore soils of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. On these fertile soils began the family legacy of dairy farming. Cattle grazing on lush spring, summer and autumn grasses produced more milk than the family needed. By 1870, they were making cheese to preserve and share their milk. Pride in tradition runs deep as we care for our land, family, and cattle.
Today Saxon Homestead Farm is a pasture based dairy farm owned and operated by fifth generation family members Karl & Liz Klessig, Robert & Kathy Block-Klessig, and Jerry & Elise Klessig Heimerl and their families. The farm consists of 850 acres of permanent pasture land and an additional 200 acres forage and corn silage cropland. There are about 450 Holstein-Jersey crossbred cows and their young stock in the dairy herd. Only the milk from our herd of diary cattle grazing on our family farm is used to make our family of American original Saxon Classic Cheeses. Enjoy!
–The Klessig and Heimerl Families