1818 - Illinois becomes a state.

1837 - Innovator and manufacturer John Deere develops and manufactures first steel plow. Christian Ropp is inspired to acquire prairie lands for the purpose of farming.

1869 - Christian Ropp, Jr. devises and begins to publish the Ropp’s Commercial Calculator, a how-to guide that aids local farmers on the growth patterns, marketability, and sustainability of agricultural commodities.

1906 - The fourth generation of Ropps maintains a fully operational, self-sustaining family farm focused on traditional cropping with minimal commercial livestock interests.

1926 - Route 66 carves its way further from Chicago to St. Louis, enabling farmers in rural communities in Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas to transport grain and produce for redistribution.

1930 - Uncle Gordie buys the family’s first Jersey calf, planting the seed for what would one day become the bell-cow legacy of the family’s agrarian efforts.

1955/1964 - The fifth generation of Ropps graduates U of I School of Agriculture and apply their expanded knowledge to the family’s farming interests.

1967 - Ropp Farm now supports 110–125 head of dairy, with a focus on milk cows.

our cheeses



Cheese production is an art and a science. Taste the hand-crafted, artisan products created by Ropp Jersey Cheese.



Who would have guessed that striving to be conscientious farmers would lead us to a more tender pork, completely suffused with delicate taste?



We’re hands off in our beef production. That is, we use creature-friendly grazing and less obtrusive maintenance resulting in a healthier, tastier, leaner, yet still juicy burger.



At Ropp, we mean it when we say all-natural and free-range poultry. Those ideals marry perfectly with Ropp standards that have been growing for seven generations.
Ropp Jersey Cheese Store
2676 Ropp Road    Normal, IL 61761