About the Founder


Jeanne Carpenter is a cheese geek, but she didn’t start out that way.

Raised on Velveeta on a family farm in Wisconsin, Jeanne’s worked as an award-winning journalist, served as spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, and worked as communications director of the Dairy Business Innovation Center, a non-profit widely credited for helping reinvigorate the Wisconsin dairy industry in the 2000’s.

Today, as one of a handful of American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professionals in Wisconsin, her mission is to grow recognition of Wisconsin artisan cheese through celebrating and coordinating the connection between cheesemakers, cheesemongers and cheese eaters. That’s why she founded Wisconsin Cheese Originals.

Jeanne also owns and manages Firefly Coffeehouse & Artisan Cheese in historic downtown Oregon, Wisconsin. Watch for an artisan cheese retail case to be added in time for June Dairy Month 2018!

When she’s not teaching classes, talking cheese or making espresso, Jeanne and her husband, Uriah, write and co-produce a blog and podcast called Cheese Underground. Be sure and take a listen on iTunes, or on your favorite podcast platform. Just search for Cheese Underground Radio.

Have fun. Do good. Eat cheese.

Jeanne Carpenter of Wisconsin Cheese Originals