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Big turnout for the ribbon-cutting event; new creamery has some exciting plans for the future

At least 100 people got together on a warm, but smoky, Tuesday morning for the grand opening of the TMK Creamery.

Guests munched on cheese and were introduced to Amber the cow-lebrity and her granddaughter Abby while awaiting the ribbon cutting.

The Koch Family was out in force, grandmothers, children and in-laws. They were showing off their cows and offering tasty cheeses along with fruit and other goodies. Tessa Koch gave a short speech about how the creamery came about and how her sister-in-law Shauna Garza began studying making cheese and developing tasty cheese recipes to bolster the family's fortunes. Today they offer 10 different cheeses, in curds and wedges. There's also talk that soon Ice cream will join that list of products.

Local Congressman Kurt Schrader, current representative for the area, was there to speak about the importance of family farms, the quality control of TMK's offerings and the added value from their cheese, and possibly soon their ice cream.

He discussed a trip to China, where he noticed that families did not serve their children milk produced there but did provide them with milk and dairy products from the United States.

He also mentioned that too often people don't know how foods are grown and made, that in Washington D.C. so many are separated from farms, ranches and dairies they aren't aware of where and how it's grown.

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