About Us

Tulip Tree Creamery was founded in 2014 by Fons Smits and Laura Davenport (with the help of other advisors- click here to meet our team!


Owner Fons’ main focus is cheese making/production.

He is originally from the Netherlands and has traveled all over the world consulting with and developing dairy plants – focusing on small to medium scale facilities. Other recognized creameries in which he’s worked include: 

  • Cowgirl Creamery (CA)
  • Traders Point Creamery (IN)
  • Teton Valley Creamery (ID)
  • Ludwig Farmstead Creamery (IL)


Co-owner Laura’s main focus is sales, marketing, and education.

Her background is in public health and biology, where she worked as an adult educator in hospital settings and for a health-related software company before moving over into the dairy world in 2004.

Other creameries she's worked with include:

  • Traders Point Creamery (IN)
  • Ludwig Farmestead Creamery (IL)


All of our products are made by hand, using microbial rennet that is vegetarian-friendly. We use traditional European Recipes and add our own twist to them! Our products are being distributed across the US with heavier distribution in the mid-west, east and west coast. We are always developing new products and love feedback from our customers on which types of cheese we should make next.


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