At Barinaga Ranch we are continuing the ancient shepherding and cheesemaking traditions of my Basque family and ancestors in Euskadi, the Basque region of Spain. Our small flock of dairy sheep graze year-round on nearly 100 acres of hilly, organically managed pastures on our ranch, located on the east shore of Tomales Bay in Marin County, California. The ewes have their lambs in March and from April through October we milk our ewes twice a day, and make their rich, delicious, raw milk into a Basque-style cheese.
Season: Year Round
Day & Time: One Saturday per month
How to Book: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (with "tour" in the subject line)
The tours focus on different aspects of our operation, depending on the time of year. In March, the focus is on lambing; in April through September there are lambs to visit in the pasture and tours include the opportunity to watch the afternoon milking. April and May are the best months to visit if you want to see baby lambs. By June the lambs are growing bigger. We still visit them and they still are adorable, but at 70+ pounds they are not what people always imagine when they think of "lambs." October through February are our quieter months, and also there is a chance of rain. Tours during those months will include discussion of all of our seasonal activities, a tour of our barns and milking parlor, a walk through the pastures to enjoy the views, and a chance to meet the ewes and older lambs up close. Tours always include a discussion of how the cheese is made, a cheese tasting and a chance to purchase cheese when it is available.
Tours are limited to 15 guests, reservations will be on a first-come-first-served basis, and your reservation is guaranteed when I receive your payment. The price is $25 each for adults and $20 for children under 17. I ask that each adult have no more than two childen accompanying them, and no more than one child under 13. The tours may not be appropriate for children under 10 or 11.
Tours will be held rain or shine.