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Kramer Cheese

Kramer Dairy

1173 N. Fourth St


1929       ESTABLISHED



The legacy of the Kraemer business started in Watertown in the 1920s when Tony Kraemer, a farmer, decided to open a small dairy business on his property.  In 1949, Tony’s son Jim joined his father and opened the retail store in the early 1970s.  Now sons Mike and Richard along with their families still operate the business.


The store features fresh cheese curds, fudge, a variety of cheese and sausage, and 13 varieties of cheese spreads among other products.



  1971, New facility, 1173 N Fourth St, WHS_006_784R



Kraemer Wisconsin Cheese is putting the finishing touches on a new addition and other renovations at its Watertown facility located at 1173 N. Fourth St.  The additions include a new retail store and production area for the company to produce its cheese and fudge.  The cheese company is also renovating a 115-year-old barn to create a new tasting room.

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2020       FOURTH OF JULY





Kraemer Wisconsin Cheese was not always a cheese store. Rich and Mike’s (current owners) great grandfather started a small dairy business back in the 1920s on the farm dealing in the milk industry. In the early 1970’s Jim and Joanne Kraemer decided to find the finest cheeses the state has to offer. The store is still located on the original farm, and you can still shop in parts of the barn’s old hayloft. Three generations later his family would be carrying on the tradition for fine dairy products, and in 2020 they just opened their second location in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Today, the store is owned by Rich and Mike Kraemer (sons of Jim and Joanne) and Son-in-Law Dan Christian. Rich’s daughter, Megan, also manages the store. Grandpa Jim also comes in and Megan still puts him to work at 90. Something we hold close is all of our non-related employees become family to the point of they even call Jim Grandpa.


We make over 17 varieties of cheese spread on site as well as our Homemade Fudge. Our most popular flavor is our Apricot Honey which Jim came up with this secret recipe when we first started making spread. Personal favorites among our employees are the Asiago Jalapeno and the Smoked Gouda. Tuesdays and Thursdays are a very popular day here as we get our Fresh “Squeaky” Cheese curds in. Something else that has become very popular over the years is our Grilled Cheese and Shakes days, which we are bringing back again starting in February. This is something that the Watertown Community has really grabbed onto and has become a fun day(s) to incorporate in the spring and summer months.


Mike, Rich and Megan have also had a very close relationship with the Make A Wish Foundation and every year they do a golf outing to help a child close or in the Watertown Community. Along with working close with the food pantries in our area and other fundraisers through local organizations. We really pride ourselves in being community driven as Watertown has supported us to be around for all of these years.





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