Riverview Dairy is owned by an Amish family- Sam and Susie Byler and their 7 children. The farm and dairy is located in Emlenton, PA on the Clarion River. They milk approximately 50 goats and make artisan goat milk cheese. They are fed a very natural diet of fresh grasses and locally grown grains. The goats have a happy stress free life as they are able to graze in the pastures and also have the protection of a barn. They make a variety of different fresh chevre and feta cheese. They have also make several varieties of aged tome style goat cheeses. The aged tome cheeses has been receiving critical acclaim by a variety of chefs in Pittsburgh.
A few years ago, the Bylers applied for a cheese makers scholarship sponsored by Slow Food Pittsburgh. Sam won the award based on an application to make sheep milk cheese. Sam hired renowned consultant Peter Dixon to teach him the “make” process and to help make the first batch. Of course the Bylers needed a herd of sheep, so he partnered with his neighbor Aaron Schwartz and his family. Aaron purchased a herd and began milking the sheep. Wheel and Wedge owner David Lagnese helped out by securing space in a limestone cave that is used to age the cheese. At David’s request, the style of cheese made with the sheep milk is Pecorino- his favorite Italian style of cheese. So we are all very proud of the sheep milk cheese which is the only cheese of its type being made in western Pennsylvania.
We typically carry the fresh chevre and feta. We also offer the aged goat milk tome cheese called Meadow Belle. And of course we cary the Sheep Milk Pecorino called Schof Kase.