What started out as a state of the art cheese factory in 1942 as The Ottawa Milk Products Company is now a delightful deli owned by the same family, The Cheese Shop. Where else would a collector go for lunch? Besides great eats, The Cheese Shop, located in the heart of John Deere country in Ottawa, Illinois, has many other curious fillings and items for the talented baker, which I am not, but strangely after our visit, I feel a little more motivated to give it a try. My trip, to a friend’s family farm, was heaven on earth as we often forget what quiet really sounds like. The day was such a special treat learning all about her family’s history on the 1800′s farm. Lunch as at The Cheese Shop was icing on the cake. The pictures above only capture a fraction of the milk and cheese collections on display, but notice I did concentrate on the ice cream paraphernalia. Well worth the stop if you are ever anywhere in the area. Fun!