Southwestern Ontario's premier artisanal cheese company. At Monforte, we're convinced the small things do indeed make a difference, that agriculture is best practiced on a human scale, and that our cheeses, each in its own way, reflect something a little deeper than the technology behind mass manufactured food - a little of the poetry and passion of life itself.


49 Griffith Rd Stratford, Ontario

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“It is such a delight to see the opportunities this funding has created for us and especially as we look to the summer and hopefully homegrown tourism. The protection for the business to serve a market and be able to grow and hopefully create some joy is appreciated.”

Ruth Klahsen, Owner

Project Summary

Monforte is expanding its business in hopes of recouping losses due to COVID-19. To that end, we are transforming our current storefront into an eatery that incorporates a charcuterie shop as well. In addition to serving food at the storefront, we will also produce more products to be sold at our regularly attended farmers' markets. To that end, we have installed restaurant-grade equipment, some of which we already own, and have re-structured of our current layout in order to cook and serve food.

Key Impacts

• New products

• Ability to maintain our employees and create jobs

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