California: Petaluma Cowgirl Creamery

Petaluma California: Cowgirl Creamery

Any foodie, like me, who loves cheese (that’s gotta be the Midwesterner in me) will LOVE Cowgirl Creamery. ¬†Many Californians know Cowgirl Creamery as it’s sold in their San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace¬†Cowgirl Creamery location and their Point Reyes Station location. It’s also sold to over 500 stores, independent cheese shops, farmers markets and restaurants, and nationally through¬†Whole Food Markets. After experiencing Cowgirl Creamery for as long as I can remember, having bought it regularly in New York at Beechers Cheese I was thrilled to partake in their Petaluma Cowgirl Creamery Tour.¬†The Petaluma tour is the most in-depth,¬†letting the viewer watch the cheese making process as well as see their main warehouse where the majority of their cheeses are made and distributed from. ¬†This tour is $30 vs. the Point Reyes Station $5 tour. We were told the Point Reyes Station tour is much more brief since they only make one of the nine cheeses Cowgirl Creamery offers.

Petaluma Tour Highlights:

– History & overview of Cowgirl Creamery & The Cowgirl story

– Watching cheese be made (right in front of you) by tour guide Vivien

РLearning the 4 cheese ingredients: Milk, Cultures, Rennet & Salt

РMount Tam Triple Cream Tasting at 3 various stages of the cheese making process (after 1 day of aging, after 1 week of aging, after 1 month of aging)

– Observed packaging of best-selling Mount Tam Cheese by team

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Petaluma California Cowgirl CreameryThe team curding the cheese as it comes out of the cheese vats

IMG_0705Racks of the Mount Tam Cheese aging

IMG_0709Wrapping and packaging of the Cheese, ALL done by hand

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Petaluma California Cowgirl CreameryVivien Straus (of Straus Family Creamery), our fabulous Tour Guide

IMG_0724Vivien demonstrating how cheese is made

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IMG_0737Vivien sharing the Mt. Tam samples

IMG_0742The infamous Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam cheese (my favorite)

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IMG_0745A few (kidding, there are a TON) of the awards Cowgirl Creamery has received

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IMG_0748Marin County Agricultural Land Trust Map

Cowgirl CreameryOur amazing gift at the end of the tour. Cowgirl Cooler (perfect for future picnics) and Mt. Tam Cheese (YUM!)

1 Response
  • Chelsea Pearl
    August 4, 2014

    I have yet to take this tour, but your post has me totally sold! Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk is my all time favorite cheese.

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