Win a stay for you and 7 other friends at the Straus Home Ranch in Marin County on Tomales Bay, right in the heart of cheese country. The historic farmhouse (where I happened to have grown up) is on a 166-acre working organic farm. It’s surrounded by eucalyptus and cypress trees and is a 30-second walk from the beach.
While staying at the farm, you can take the Marin County Driving Tour, visiting Nicasio Valley Cheese, Marin French Cheese Company, and Cowgirl Creamery. Plan ahead, and you can take either a scheduled or private tour at Tomales Farmstead’s Toluma Farm or picnic with the water buffalo at Ramini Mozzarella.
All of these cheesemakers are within a short drive of the farm.
The raffle will be held on Sunday, October 30th. Tickets are limited, and cost $5 for one and $20 for five. As of now, whew, your chances of winning are really great!
Second prize is a basket of local artisanal food products (including cheese, of course).
The raffle supports the Cheese Trail – a nonprofit project that helps promote and support California cheesemakers, and by extension, small farms, and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, which has, to date, permanently protected nearly half the agricultural land in Marin County.
California is lucky to boast approximately 70 cheesemakers of all types. Most do not have a budget to promote themselves and count on the Cheese Trail project to send them visitors, and customers, while letting the world know about their spectacularly made cheeses.