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Artisan Cheese


David Phillips, ACS CCP

    Shopping for artisan cheese should be a wonderful experience, but without some guidance it can be confusing and expensive. At Potash you will find a cheese shop within your favorite grocery store that can help you explore the world of great cheeses in a way that is delightful and delicious.

    During peak shopping hours, samples are offered at our cut-to-order counter. Ask for a taste of any of the cheeses in the case, and our knowledgeable cheesemongers are happy to oblige. We will help you select from nearly 200 products, and guide you in determining the number of cheeses and the amounts that are appropriate for an everyday snack, or for a special occasion. The cheese squad will cut perfect portions from the wheel, or assist you with finding items from our grab-and-go case, stocked each day, and available whenever the store is open.

    With adequate preparation time, the cheese department can also offer custom cheese platters for a simple get-together, full catering packages with Potash Catering, and guided cheese, beer and wine tastings. Do you order from Mercado or through the Potash phone order service? We can offer a weekly cheesemonger's choice selection that will allow you to sample three different cheeses each week from our full variety of cheeses. We work with multiple vendors and buy direct from producers in order to stock more than 100 great cheeses in a rotating selection. Life is too short to live with mediocre cheese, so let us guide you on a cheese lover’s adventure, and you will become a cheese hero with your friends and family. 


    American consumers have long enjoyed traditional cheeses from France, Spain and Italy, and Potash Markets has plenty of those for you, but our selection also includes award-winning cheeses from Vermont, Wisconsin, Oregon, and even Illinois. In the past couple decades American cheese producers have proliferated in nearly every state, offering products that both reflect old-world traditions and take the cheese experience in exciting new directions. Our selection is curated by Head Cheesemonger David Phillips has more than 10-years experience with artisan cheese. In September 2019, after months of preparation and a grueling exam, he achieved Certified Cheese Professional status with the American Cheese Society.  

David loves all types of cheese, but especially Cheddars and blue cheeses. He has curated a collection of artisan Cheddars that rivals any other in the Midwest, with more than a dozen available at any given time and up to 30 in seasonal rotation. Each month he selects a new blue cheese as a featured guest  among the selection of 8-10 blues. As with the Cheddars, each is unique and most come from family-owned and farmstead operations.  


We also offer:

  • Brie and Camembert from France and the U.S.

  • European and American Alpine cheeses including, Comte, Gruyere, Tarentaise, and Pleasant Ridge Reserve.

  • A carefully curated selection of blue cheeses including selections from Rogue Creamery, Center Point, Oregon.

  • Several American originals from the outstanding Cellars of Jasper Hill in Vermont.

  • Cheeses made from goat's, sheep's, and cow's milk and mixed milk cheeses. Each of these milks are different and can be used in a wide spectrum of cheese types. 

  • A great assortment of Italian and Wisconsin-made cooking cheeses, including authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano, cut from quarter-wheels and grated fresh in the store several times each week.

  • Jamón Serrano, and other charcuterie including products from Red Bear in Mundelein IL, and Underground Meats in Wisconsin. 

  • Olives, cornichons, gigande beans, and other classic antipasti.

  • Potters crackers and crisps, from Wisconsin, and Brewer's Crackers. 

  • Treat Candied Nuts and B's Nuts cashews. 


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