Hans and Jolanda Weber – Founders and owners of Stonetown Artisan Cheese, and proud dairy farmers!
Even though Hans is the owner of Stonetown Artisan Cheese, he is still a dairy farmer at heart. He milks the cows in the morning and after breakfast either helps on the farm or the cheese plant wherever he is needed. He is the handyman who fixes almost everything in the cheese plant and helps out with the store, cutting cheese or getting orders ready. He is also responsible for marketing and sales calls. Of course he loves everything with cheese. In his spare time he likes to travel and spend time with his grandkids.
Jolanda grew up on a dairy farm and lived her whole life farming until she and Hans started Stonetown Artisan Cheese. Jolanda is working in her home office and is responsible for the books, administration, email inbox, social media, marketing as well as handling the website. Occasionally you see her at the cheese store. Jolanda likes spending time with her grandkids, doing pottery, painting, gardening and travel. Jolanda is the one looking after the flower garden in front of the cheese plant.
Ramon Eberle – Co-owner and cheese maker
Ramon hails from a long family tradition of Swiss cheese makers. He went through an extensive apprenticeship and further education to become a Master cheese maker.
Ramon is responsible for the production, quality control and food safety at Stonetown Artisan Cheese as well as the development of many of the new exciting dairy products.
Cheese making is his passion and if he is not working in the cheese plant Ramon keeps himself busy by spending time with his wife, 4 children and working in and around their house. Long walks with his two littlest ones through the beautiful town of St. Marys, which has become the young families new home, is how he recharges his batteries on a weekend.
Christine Stevens – Store manager
Born and raised on the outskirts of St. Marys is where Christine’s love of the country life and cows began. Though a town resident now with her daughters and husband, her country roots hold strong. You can often find her with dirty hands in the garden or relaxing listening to the sounds of the birds. Bruce County holds an extra special part in her heart, where her family trailer is homebase for summers full of great memories. Christine recently joined the Stonetown Cheese team, after 5 years with another local cheese business and is eager to help customers find the best cheese for their needs!
Ben Brant – Assistant Cheese Maker
Ben grew up on a hobby farm near Rostock, On. After stints in various Southwestern Ontario cities he spent close to 10 years as a public servant living with his wife and next door to his parents in Elliot Lake. He returned to Perth County (on the same road he grew up on) towing three young children and seeking a job in the cheese arena. Ben helps out in production but is mainly responsible for the daily care/washing of the cheese during the aging process. Being barefoot, coaching local youth teams, herb gardening, homesteading, plinking, and fermentation all keep Ben occupied when he finds some free time.