Most cheese plants are in small towns, not in major metropolitan areas. That makes sense, because the plants need to be near the milk supply: dairy farms. But Kent, Ill., is really small. The sign at the edge of the town notes the population as “people 72, dogs 52.”
Kent is about 2 ½ hours by car northwest of Chicago and an hour from historic Galena, near the Iowa border. This is where Nuestro Queso, headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., (near O’Hare International Airport) makes cheese.