About Us

Here's a little about us...

 

  • Tulip Tree Creamery was founded in 2014 by Fons Smits and Laura Davenport (with the help of other helpful advisors click here to meet our team)
    • Fons (orignally from the Netherlands) 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)
    • Fons' main focus is cheese making/production.
    • Laura has a background 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).
    • Laura's main focus is sales, marketing, and education.
  • We purchase our milk from Lot Hill Dairy Farm, Seymour, Indiana
    • The milking herd is owned by Jon Claycamp
    • He raises Holstein cows on this family farm – they currently milk about 35-40 cows – we purchase half of their milk and the rest, they process on their farm (starting Spring 2018).
    • They grow their hay and silage for their animals using only NON-GMO crops.
    • They do not use antibiotics or growth hormones on their milking herd.
    • The farm is Certified Humane.
  • Tulip Tree Creamery is located on the northwest side of Indianapolis, IN
    • Our production facility and classroom is located in a part of town called "Park 100" near 465 and 71st St. on the northwest side of town.
    • We have 5 full-time employees (including our owners) and about 5-part time staff who help us teach classes, sell our products at farmers markets, support sales and package up our products.
  • All of our products are made by hand
    • We use traditional European Recipes and add our own twist to them
    • A list of our current products can be found here:  http://www.tuliptreecreamery.com/products/
    • We are always developing new products and love feedback from our customers on which types of cheese we should make next.
    • We use rennet that is vegetarian-friendly.
  • Our products are being distributed across the US with heavier distribution in the mid-west, east and west coast.
  • We are members of the following:
    • Good Food Guild
    • Slow Food Indy
    • American Cheese Society
    • Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
    • Zionsville Chamber of Commerce
  • We have won the following awards:
    • American Cheese Society Winner - 2018 Trillium
    • Good Food Award - 2017 Trillium
    • American Cheese Society Winner - 2017 Trillium
    • American Cheese Society Winner - 2016 Nettle & Fromage Frais
    • Midwest Dairy Competition - 2016 Blue Ribbon Winner Trillium
    • Voted Best Cooking Class by Indianapolis Monthly - 2017
    • Voted Best Soft Cheese by Indianapolis Monthly - 2015

 

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