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Cowgirl Creamery

Sue Conley and Peggy Smith took a hippie trip to San Francisco in 1976 after finishing degrees at the University of Tennessee. Both established careers in some of San Francisco’s most famous kitchens: Peggy spending 17 years at Chez Panisse, and Sue co-owning Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley.

In the early 1990s they launched Tomales Bay Foods, a marketing vehicle to help West Marin’s farms and dairies get their delicious products into the hands of the Bay Area’s finest chefs with their first location in a renovated barn in downtown Point Reyes and discovered they loved making cheese.  Today they make cheese in both Point Reyes and Petaluma as well as promote and sell cheese from other small cheesemakers.

Tours

Season: Year-Round

Day & Time: Fridays at 11:00am

How to Book: Online

Cost: $5

Visit the original creamery on Fridays for a 60-minute presentation on West Marin, Cowgirl's beginnings, and their cheese. You’ll get an up-close curd-making demonstration and a guided tasting of all of Cowgirl Creamery cheeses. The maximum group is 15 so spaces fill up fast (usually a month in advance). If you can't make a tour, you can still visit the creamery but avoiding tour times is recommended. 10am - 4pm Wednesday thru Friday are good times to view cheesemaking. Tastes can be gotten from the on-site shop.

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