It should not come as no surprise that the best cheese starts with the best milk available. The top cheesemakers pride themselves on the quality and freshness of their milk. Chalet Cheese Cooperative gets all their milk from the 21 family-owned dairy farms in the co-op, none of which are more that 20 miles away. Crave Brothers takes it one step further with its farmstead cheese by raising its own grain to feed to its own herd of cows. The cows are milked and the milk is pumped directly from their dairy farm to their cheesemaking plant across the street — it doesn’t get fresher than that.