Top 6 Reasons WHY Organic Pastures' Raw Cheese is the REAL DEAL

Written by Aaron McAfee, President of Organic Pastures Dairy


The Value of RAW, Truly RAW

Value: (noun) the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. “Don’t just show people cows on green grass pastures, you have to explain the many studies of the health benefits. We believe Organic Pastures Raw Cheddar has the highest value on the market for consumers. ”
— Mark McAfee, Co-Founder of Organic Pastures Dairy


  1. Extraordinary Product and Benefits

    Organic Pastures Co-Founder Mark McAfee is absolutely right when he says, “Don’t just show people cows on green grass pastures, you have to explain the many studies of the health benefits.”  I agree with him completely and that’s why I make the tremendous health benefits the number one reason why Organic Pastures Raw Cheddar should be in everyone’s shopping cart. 

    • Organic Pastures Raw Cheddar has aged a minimum of 60 days and is truly a traditional artisan raw cheddar.

    • Made with 100% organic Whole Raw Milk from cows that grass-graze daily (365 days a year)

    • Packed with bioavailable vitamins, minerals, enzymes, beneficial bacteria, naturally occurring CLA and Omega-3 fatty acids.  Learn more HERE.

    • NO LACTOSE INTOLERANCE- The ease of digestibility of TRULY Raw Cheddar gives those that experience discomfort with processed cheese products a delicious and natural option. Organic Pastures Raw Cheddar is lactose intolerant friendly!

    • No coloring ever added. Organic Pastures Raw Cheddar’s yellow color comes naturally from year around grass-grazing. Its color will vary with the season; springtime brings the brightest color.

    • TRULY raw, which involves never heating above 102° F. Many other so-called “raw” cheese is actually heated to temperatures just under the legal pasteurized temperature of 161° F, which denatures proteins, enzymes, and kills beneficial bacteria that aids in the digestion of dairy.

    • 100% ORGANIC

    • Absolutely NO antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or GMO anything.

    • More details abut the health benefits for you and your family can be found HERE.

  2. Consistent and Safe

    Organic Pastures makes one kind of cheese: raw cheddar.  Our cheese is available in 4 different sizes and packages, but it’s consistently the same awesome cheese every time.  We are committed to raw, unpasteurized cheese at a different and higher quality level than any other producer.

    Organic Pastures Raw Cheddar ingredients are unmatched.  Organic Pastures is one of the few creameries that uses only Grade A, kosher, certified Humane, certified Validus, local, farmstead, grass grazed, raw for human consumption organic whole milk as its number one ingredient.  There are other cheese plants that use organic milk, maybe even certified humane raw milk, but no other cheese plant uses raw milk for human consumption.  Organic Pastures raw milk is produced knowing it will be consumed raw in California, making it the safest and highest quality raw milk on the market.  We take that same safe milk and make it into cheese.

  3. Superior Flavor and Texture

    If you have tried Organic Pastures Raw Cheddar you know about the delicious flavor and smooth texture and recognize the slight fluctuations in color that is a result of being crafted by traditional artisans. Organic Pastures Raw Cheddar is versatile and can be used for a multitude of breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes, a tasty after-school snack, or a flavor enhancer with a slice of apple or other fruit.  No other cheese in our price range can affordably meet your needs in such versatile ways.

  4. Natural Color

    Raw butter, cheese and milk from grass grazed cows all have a beautiful natural yellow color.  The more grass a cow consumes, the higher the Omega 3 CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) content, and the yellower the butterfat.  Therefore milk from grass grazed cows makes much yellower cheese than CAFO (? confined area farm?) milk does.  To produce the unnatural colors seen in the dairy case CAFO farmers and producers add annatto to their cheese for marketing reasons.  Organic Pastures is proud to provide "Vermont-style" raw organic cheddar cheese with its beautiful and natural color.

  5. Minimum Ingredients

    We are proud to have only 4 ingredients in Organic Pastures Raw Cheddar : raw organic milk, kosher sea salt (Washington), rennet (Wisconsin), and cultures (Wisconsin) .  This commitment to only natural ingredients is most noticeable with Organic Pastures Shredded Raw Cheddar .  The vast majority of other cheese producers add an anti-caking ingredient (cellulose) and a preservative (netamycin).  Organic Pastures doesn’t use either.  We believe the choice between slight clumping of the shredded pieces versus adding wood filler is an easy one.  100% of our ingredients and packaging are made in the USA.  Our labels are made in California, our shredded bags are from Utah, our milk is from our own dairy in Fresno, California, and our vacuum pouches and boxes are USA made.  We never compromise, never use low quality ingredients, never save a penny if it means a reduction in quality.

  6. Complete Compliance.

    The Organic Pastures production team recently completed training about the new FDA standards under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This provided the knowledge to make the necessary modifications and remain compliant with the new and increased federal requirements for Process Preventive Controls and to maintain our FDA legal status.


In 2017, Organic Pastures Raw Cheddar became available nationwide! We are so thankful to partner with Sprouts Farmers Market, Akin’s Natural Foods, Market Basket, Azure Standard, and select Safeway and Albertsons store locations across the USA to help our family owned business reach to new customers.