Palmer said the 30,000-square-foot visitor center greets nearly a million visitors a year and most of them check out the ice cream counter. How could they not? With the smell of freshly-baked waffle cones drifting through the air inside the center. If you want to try more than just a double scoop, insulated bags are sold so you can take a sampling with you.
But the factory is more than just a way to satisfy your sweet tooth, it also can be a learning experience.
Taking a walking tour on the second floor of the facility gives you a bird’s eye view on how cheese is made. You can look down on the production floor through big windows where cheese is processed, inspected and packaged.
“A lot of people miss the two kiosks we have upstairs,” Palmer said. “They have touch screen televisions that give people lessons on how we make the cheese and the history of the cooperative. You can spend a lot of time up there if you are interested in what we do here.”
Palmer said that the information booths teach visitors how milk from cows throughout the Tillamook basin is used in their products and shows you things that you can see by just looking down at the vats.
“It’s a very cool feature if you have the time to spend learning about what we do here,” she said. “They are fairly new and we want to show people what we do here and how our products are made.” Read more