When you think of cheese on the Oregon Coast you almost always immediately think of Tillamook. The company has been around since the early 1900s and their products are nationally distributed. But Tillamook is not the only coastal town to have a long history with cheese production. In Bandon, Oregon the Bandon Cheese Factory came into existence in 1936 after years of cheesemaking in that town and two fires. It, like Tillamook, consisted of a network of farmers and cheesemakers. Unfortunately, the Bandon Cheese Factory was purchased in 2000 and demolished shortly thereafter.
In 2013, cheddar cheese would return to Bandon. After erecting a new building, Face Rock Creamery came to occupy the space where the Bandon Cheese Factory once existed. On this episode of the podcast we hear from owner Greg Drobot about the history of Bandon and what the return of the cheese industry means for the town. He also tells a story a surprise homecoming that would greatly change the direction of Face Rock Creamery. The story and interview were recorded at KBOO Community Radio in Portland, OR.