After I’m Dead, You’ll Have to Feed Everyone

A one-woman show about Ellen Straus, co-founder of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the first agricultural land trust in the nation. Written and Performed by Vivien Straus (founder of the Cheese Trail!).

The show is funny, personal, sad, and completely ridiculous. Vivien plays 10 humans and 1 cow. Performed in a barn at the Straus Home Ranch in West Marin. Come early to picnic at the ranch. Limited performances.

After I’m Dead, You’ll Have to Feed Everyone

A one-woman show about Ellen Straus, co-founder of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the first agricultural land trust in the nation. Written and Performed by Vivien Straus (founder of the Cheese Trail!).

The show is funny, personal, sad, and completely ridiculous. Vivien plays 10 humans and 1 cow. Performed in a barn at the Straus Home Ranch in West Marin. Come early to picnic at the ranch. Limited performances.

Fiscalini Cheese

An American original with Swiss roots.

The year is 1886, when Mateo Fiscalini emigrates from Switzerland with his family. First finding work on the railroad, he eventually settles all the way west in Cambria, California.

In 1912, Mateo’s son, John Baptiste Fiscalini, a graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, purchases 160 acres of land in Modesto. Two years later he starts a dairy farm with ten cows.

By 1995, two generations later, the Fiscalini farm has a large herd of Holstein cows. And in 2001, John Fiscalini, the grandson of John Baptiste, who has dreamt of making cheese, is introduced to Mariano Gonzalez, master cheddar-maker from Paraguay. Mariano develops a bandage-wrapped cheddar, sweeping up many awards, and giving British cheeses a run for their money.

Today, Fiscalini Cheese produces award-winning cheeses with the knowledge and spirit of four generations of family behind them. And, best of all, you can visit them.

Stop by their farm and creamery (yes, the cows are right there!) to pick up cheese in their front office. If you feel like making it a bigger cheese journey, Fiscalini can be just one of your stops on the Central Valley Cheese Loop #1.

This month you can find Fiscalini’s San Joaquin Gold on promotion at Whole Foods Market in Northern California. San Joaquin Gold is an Italian-style, semi-hard cheese made from raw cow’s milk. It is named after the beautiful San Joaquin valley where it is made.

The California Cheese Map is Out!

For the first time EVER, a map shows you every open cheesemaker in California. Address, hours and tour instructions included.

Traveling Highway 99 in the Central Valley? You’ve been passing some pretty great cheese.  

Gold Country? There are small, sweet farms waiting to show you around.  

Pick up fresh mozzarella and ricotta direct from a Los Angeles creamery.  

Travel the north coast and get a grilled cheese by the crashing waves.  

Pet a goat on the Central Coast.

The San Francisco Bay Area. Well, you knew it was all there, but maybe you didn’t know the specifics.  Now you do!

Download the map online, order a free copy to be sent to you, or if you’re a tourism office or business, pick up boxes of maps to hand out. 

The farms and cheese and cheesemakers are all waiting for you.