In the early 1900’s, Grandpa Yarman sold his only possession, a portable RCA radio, for his first wheel of Ohio Swiss, and started his own cheese house, “Yarman’s” in West Salem, Ohio.
And then the adventure began..........
Grandpa Yarman started to smoke his own country hams and bacon and soon his unique way of smoking meats and quality reputation spread throughout Ohio.Throughout the thirties, Grandpa Yarman became a source for high quality meat and cheese. Sadly, it was during this time that Grandpa Yarman took sick. With no one to help smoke the meets and bring in the cheese, Grandpas store fell on hard times. His daughter, Vera, now Grandma, met Grandpa and the two of them began to reconstruct Grandpa Yarman's dream.
Grandpa Baum followed the same trails as Grandpa Yarman to search out the best cheese makers in Ohio. He explored new areas in Ohio to obtain the best Colby, Swiss, Baby Swiss, and many other types of local cheeses.
In 1978 Grandpa & Grandma Baum with their daughter Ronda and her husband Dick, opened Grandpa’s Cheesebarn in Ashland, OH. In 1991 Grandpa Baum sold his store “Wonderland of Food” in West Salem and joined Ronda & Dick full time working at Grandpa’s Cheesebarn. In 2001, Ronda & Dick’s eldest son Pappy, left teaching and joined his wife Brice (who had been working at Grandpa’s Cheesebarn since she was 16) and made Grandpa’s Cheesebarn a third generation family business.
Under the watchful eye of the new Grandpa and Grandma and joined now by Pappy and Brice, Grandpa's Cheesebarn grew and quickly became a favorite among local and traveling customers alike.
As the years went on, the tradition of home smoked meats, superior Ohio cheeses, handmade chocolates and ice cream that can be found at Grandpa’s Cheesebarn began to draw bigger and bigger crowds to the little barn with the white silo off intersection I 71 & US Route 250 in Ashland, Ohio.