More to Monterey Than Jack

December 19, 2016 | CheeseTrail

Guest Blog by Jenny Holt, Freelance Writer More to Monterey Than Jack When I was a child, my mom always told me not to eat any cheese before going to bed. She insisted that it would give me nightmares. But now that I am an adult and have eaten a lot of cheese, often with a glass […]

Long Dream Farm – City Folk Change the Model

December 5, 2016 | CheeseTrail

Not all farmers have always been farmers. Some of them have been “quants” (financial quantitative analysts) or corporate and immigrant attorneys. Well, that’s at least what Andrew and Krista did in their previous lives. Six years ago they took their four children and decided to chuck life in New York City for a farm filled with […]

Win a Stay at the Farm

October 12, 2016 | CheeseTrail

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 […]

Central Valley – Cheese Galore

October 6, 2016 | CheeseTrail

I head to Los Angeles from time to time and I always drive. The Central Valley is FULL of cheesemakers. And I’m not kidding.  It’s sprawling, flat farmland, remote and mysterious. As I headed back to the Bay Area on my latest trip, I decided to stop by three cheesemakers I hadn’t visited before. The first […]

Ramini – Where the Buffalo Roam

September 8, 2016 | CheeseTrail

Being profitable making cheese, let alone breaking even, is no easy task. Especially when you’re small. Audrey Hitchcock of Ramini Mozzarella has had even more to contend with. Following her degree in Architecture she designed houses in the Bay Area for nearly two decades.  But she’s a farming and cheesemaking newbie.  Her husband Craig Ramini, […]

Golden Goats

August 2, 2016 | CheeseTrail

“Want to take a picture of my ass?” Charley of Jollity Farm asked me. Sweet, reserved, Charley. I’m smiling, but I’m not getting it. Turns out Charley is pretty darn funny.  Because then he showed me his donkey, “Otie.”  Get it? Don Quixote. Donkey Otie.  Yeah. I’m slow. Charley bought 13 acres – his “Shangri-La” […]

Take Cheese Trail on the Road

July 20, 2016 | CheeseTrail

Yup. There’s a newly updated App for Cheese Trail. And if you’re into cheese, it’s a slam dunk way to get yourself off to visit cheesemakers.  The best thing about the app is the google map integration. You can pick the cheesemakers you want to visit and it will create a driving itinerary for you. Or […]

Hidden Cheesemakers

June 18, 2016 | CheeseTrail

I’m a sucker for visiting farms and cheesemakers. So, I jumped at a full day Central Coast cheese tour with FARMstead ED. First stop was Central Coast Creamery in Paso Robles, where Reggie Jones, owner and cheesemaker, took us for a tour.  He led us through his immaculately laid out new creamery and we sampled his full […]

Goats & Rustic Cheeses

February 19, 2016 | CheeseTrail

Lisa Gottreich’s goat cheeses at Bohemian Creamery have the rustic look that reminds you of a European back road discovery. Imperfect rinds and bold tastes. This is the newest stop on the Sonoma cheese trail. Here you’ll find a case full of rustic cheeses made from goats (which are sitting in the pasture just behind the shop), cows, […]