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Abroad: Toulouse, France

September 22, 2019 | Philip Jison

Next stop on my summer tour I ventured to the wonderful city of Toulouse. Just from word of mouth – I quickly discovered that if you are on the hunt for cheese, you must make an essential stop at Fromagerie Xavier. Located in the Victor Hugo district, it is easily accessible by foot. It is […]

Dairy Cows of California

September 3, 2019 | CheeseTrail

Ever wondered how many different diary cows there are? The California Milk Advisory Board helps explain the differences between them! What is the California Milk Advisory Board? It’s an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture with the main purpose of promoting the extraordinary dairy products made with Real California Milk! All info-graphics […]

Pedrozo Dairy & Creamery

August 22, 2019 | CheeseTrail

I love talking to Tim Pedrozo about the issues of small dairies. Because he’s a dairyman and I grew up on a dairy and manage a farm. We’re both looking for solutions. I’d been meaning to visit Tim’s farm for years. I finally made it. I didn’t know what to expect, but what I saw […]

Shooting Star Creamery Wins Big at ACS

August 7, 2019 | CheeseTrail

Yet again, California has a lot of winners at the American Cheese Society’s 36th Annual Competition! Let’s take a look at Avery Jones. Meet Avery Jones. She is the daughter of Reggie and Kellie Jones of Central Coast Creamery. She is 15 years old. Avery is the founder of her own brand called Shooting Star […]

Abroad: The Cotswolds

July 31, 2019 | Philip Jison

Welcome to our Abroad series, where we document our encounters with cheese and cheesemakers on our travels! Here at the California Cheese Trail, our heart and soul is California. We’re proud of our dairy farmers and cheese makers. That is why we created the Cheese Trail to support them. But once in awhile, travel takes […]

Orland Farmstead Creamery

July 23, 2019 | CheeseTrail

Paul Schmidt, a shy man of few words, heaves another log into the wood burning oven. It turns out that the water for washing the barn and pasteurization of milk is heated this way. No propane used here. It’s not a throw-back, as much as ingenuity. I made a trip to visit three cheesemakers in […]

San Francisco has never had cheese made in its city limits. Until now. Located within a wide-open industrial space, and just behind a large viewing window, cheese and butter from fresh Jersey milk, are being made. I had a blast watching golden-yellow butter being molded by hand. Daily Driver is a bagel shop (wood-fired bagels […]

Step Out to Stepladder

June 6, 2019 | CheeseTrail

I wind around a narrow, forested road, about six miles off Highway 1 near Cambria on the Central Coast, thinking I’ve gone too far, until the sky opens and – voila – there is the hidden gem of Stepladder Creamery. The farm, founded in 1871, with a central open field surround by barns and frolicking […]

Summer at Whole Foods

May 31, 2019 | Chrissy Dillard

As summer heats up, picnics and sunny afternoons with friends become more and more regular activities. And these types of summer activities require snacks to share. With a platter of delicious local cheeses and accoutrements, you can bring out the flavors of summer for everyone to enjoy — because, let’s be honest, it’s hard to […]