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John Esh Shares Goot Essa’s Journey on “Seen Through a Glass”

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At Goot Essa, we’re always excited to share our story, passion, and commitment to producing the finest artisanal cheeses. Recently, our very own John Esh had the privilege of being featured on the “Seen Through a Glass” podcast hosted by Lew Bryson. The podcast, which celebrates the culinary delights of Central Pennsylvania, provided the perfect […]

Goot Essa Wins 2023 American Cheese Society Award!

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We are thrilled to announce that Goot Essa has been honored with a prestigious award at the 2023 American Cheese Society (ACS) competition. Our gourmet Emanuel Vom Tal Kase was awarded 3rd place in the “Soft-Ripened Cheeses” category. This recognition is a testament to our artisanal cheesemaking expertise, and reflects our rich Pennsylvania Dutch cheesemaking […]

At Goot Essa, Milk is our Mission

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Pennsylvania is rapidly losing its farms. A U.S. Department of Agriculture census showed that over the five-year period from 2012 to 2017, 6,000 farms closed down — a 10% decrease. This same census also showed a 6% drop in the amount of the state’s total farm acreage. These days, it is challenging to manage a […]

Goot Essa grows from humble beginnings

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In 2001, a handful of Goot Essa staff packed a truck with 100 gift assortment baskets and drove to Washington D.C. for their first ever event. They hoped to break into a big market and start putting their cheesemaking business on the map.  The staff set up tables in the lobby of an office building […]

Instead of chocolate this Easter, send an artisan cheese basket

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Retailers report that U.S. consumers spend nearly a billion dollars on chocolate during the Easter holiday season. When everyone else is gifting chocolate by the truckload, Goot Essa can help you send a gift basket with something different: European-style, artisan cheeses made with milk sourced from our Amish partner farms in Pennsylvania. Of course, we […]

Holiday shopping? Here are Goot Essa’s staff picks for gift giving

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Give the gift of delicious taste this Christmas season with Goot Essa’s cheese gift baskets. Choose from small, medium, and large baskets featuring our artisan cheeses, as well as jams, spreads, mustards, fudge, and meats. You can also buy individual products or customize a gift basket to make it the right fit for your needs. […]

Craig LaBan of the Philadelphia Inquirer Covers Goot Essa

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Amish cheesemaker Goot Essa preserves tradition with cave-aged specialties and online sales By Craig LaBan September 30, 2020 HOWARD, Pa. — A ride through the rolling country roads of lush green Centre County farmland can feel about as far from the urban bustle of Philly’s restaurant rows as Pennsylvania can get. And that was especially […]

Goot Essa Cheese Featured in the Centre Daily Times

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Centre County Amish-run business responds to COVID-19 with move into online retail By Holly Riddle September 06, 2020 08:00 AM Many Centre County businesses have adjusted their focuses to better meet community and customer demands during the COVID-19 pandemic. For Amish cheese producer Goot Essa, in Howard, this included a bold step into the world […]