Most people say that when they drive into the high mountain Heber Valley they a feel a unique sense of peace. The views are breathtaking. This beautiful green valley is surrounded by the majestic Wasatch Back mountain range on the West, and the thirteen thousand foot Uintah Wilderness on the East. Nestled at 5500 feet elevation, we're also home to many natural artesian springs, rich in minerals. Midway also boasts one of the top fly fishing rivers in America - the Provo River, which winds through the valley and is adjacent to our farm. The natural beauty is hard to beat, but we think it is matched and maybe exceeded by the wonderful residents.
This beautiful place has been home to the Canyon View Farm for more than 80 years. For four generations now we've been raising cows and working the farm. We're excited to establish Heber Valley Artisan Cheese.
Heber Valley Artisan Cheese is located on the Canyon View Farm in Midway, Utah.
The history of the Canyon View Farm in Midway actually begins in Switzerland in the 1800's.
It was then that Gottlieb Kohler made the decision to emigrate from his home in Switzerland to America, and the untamed high-mountain valleys that we now call the Wasatch Back.
He brought his tough Swiss work ethic - and some cheese making experience to the Heber Valley. After many years of pioneering and hard work in Midway, Gottlieb's son Albert acquired what is now the Canyon View Farm in 1929.
During the midst of the great depression, Albert and his wife struggled to build a successful dairy farm and raise a large family. They succeeded at both.
In 1929 that first farm house had no electricity, and water had to be carried from the cellar spring out back. During those lean depression years, the dairy's butter fat would only fetch fifteen cents a pound - down from forty cents just a year before. Through creativity and much hard work, the farm not only survived but prospered, and soon they were hauling their milk and cream to Salt Lake City. During this time, "Grandpa" Albert Kohler also worked at the old Midway Creamery, where he continued to learn and love cheese making.
Albert's son Roy and his wife Phyllis raised nine children on the farm, and worked it into the 1970's. One of Roy's sons Grant Kohler, and his wife Caralee work the farm today, and have realized a life-long dream in the organization of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese.