Welcome to Thunder Oak Cheese Farm

Thunder Oak Cheese Farm is the first farm in Ontario that produces Gouda cheese. This creamy Dutch cheese has long been a favourite of cheese lovers around the world and the Schep Family has been making it in Thunder Bay since 1995. Our award winning Thunder Oak Gouda is a natural product made with fresh milk from the Schep’s own Holstein cows. There are no preservatives or added colouring in our cheese!

Located in the pristine countryside of Slate River Valley, we have been producing award-winning, all-natural Gouda cheese since 1995.

Founders Jacob and Margaret Schep both came from cheesemaking families in The Netherlands. In 1981, Jacob and Margaret immigrated to Canada with their children and began a dairy farm in Scoble Township, just south of Thunder Bay. In 1995, they began a small cheesemaking operation of their own.
Since then, their son Walter and his family have taken over. In 2013, Thunder Oak Cheese Farm expanded, moving to a new location down the road. They now operate in a larger processing plant where they are able to meet the growing demand for their locally-made cheese.

The Schep family warmly invites you to experience the tradition of Dutch cheesemaking.

Farm Store

Our farm store offers Gouda in any quantity – large or small and in 13 different flavours plus mild, medium old and extra old aged.

We also have a wide variety of Dutch import products: from cookies, candy, spices and licorice to ceramics and tea towels as well as a variety of local products.

Our gifts baskets are very popular and you can be sure you will brighten up somebody’s day with one of those. They start at $40 and up, and are extremely popular at Christmas time.

Not in the neighbourhood? No problem! Take our virtual tour or order some of our products using our order form.