If you're a hard-core blue cheese enthusiast, you might find a pilgrimage to the home of Maytag Blue worthwhile. Located on the outskirts of Newton, Maytag Dairy Farms manufactures one of the country’s most famous blue cheeses. Disappointingly, there isn't much "farm" to tour. Although the actual historical Maytag dairy farm is within view of the main building, visitors don’t get more than a quick glimpse of it. The cheese is still made by hand in a building on-site; however, the tour only covers the office building and the shipping facility. You can watch a brief (and almost amusingly outdated) 1970s video and take a peek at the packaging room through large windows, but that’s about it.
On the upside, visitors do get to sample and purchase discounted Maytag Blue in sizes ranging from a full four-pound wheel ($35) to wedges. Other cheeses for sale include Edam, sharp cheddar and Muenster, though these are made elsewhere. Free recipe cards provide inspiration for ways to use the products in dips and other dishes.