Jisa's Farmstead Cheese
Interview by Christy Pooschke
A bit about our farm
Our dairy was started in 1946 by David’s parents, Lad and Helen Jisa. At that time, the dairy consisted of eight Holstein cows. The herd now has grown to 300 cows and a new milking facility. All of our cows are handled with care. The feeding comes from the crops that Dave has harvested, and the cows are not treated with rBST (growth hormones).
The Cheese Plant is located three miles south and two miles west of Brainard, Nebraska (2653 Q Road). The dairy is only 1/2 mile away from the plant, and we are available for tours by request.
David and his wife Bonnie took over the Dairy in 1989. They have 3 children, David, John, and Christine. Besides farming and milking cows, David is now into making specialty cheese. With much thought, David and Bonnie wanted to create a wholesome product that people would enjoy. They already had an insight into the cheese business since Bonnie’s parents had owned a cheese factory. Traveling around the U.S., the Jisas were able to purchase the stainless steel equipment that would be used in the new factory. Much of the work was done themselves to help defray costs.
A bit about our dairy products
In March of 2005 the first batch of cheese was made. All of the milk we use for the cheese is Wholesome Grade A pasteurized milk. We think we have a great product because we have no preservatives; it’s an all natural product made right here in Nebraska.
Where to find our food
You’ll find our cheese in the deli sections at all the Hyvee’s in Lincoln and Omaha; all the Russ’s and Super Savers, Open Harvest and Ideal grocery in Lincoln; Whole Foods and Tomāto Tomäto in Omaha; and a few of the area wineries, plus our local, independently-owned grocery stores. We will be selling our cheese at the upcoming Farmer Markets in The Old Market and Village Pointe in Omaha and the Haymarket farmers market in Lincoln, featuring specialty cheeses not sold in grocery stores.