The dairy business is a long-standing family tradition in Marin County. In the mid-19th century, Marin produced 25% of the butter in California with an average herd size of only 10-15 cows. Now, nearly 30 dairies (almost all of which are certified organic) rank the county 15th in state milk production. In fact, Marin’s own Straus Family Dairy was the first certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi!
Marin dairies keep the industry alive by transforming their rich milk into cheese, butter and yogurt that attract attention of consumers nationwide. You could say Marin dairy products are "the cream of the crop."
Watch this video about cheesemaking in Marin, featuring Cowgirl Creamery of Pt. Reyes.
Click here to learn more about Artisan & Farmstead Cheesemaking in Marin.
Marin Dairy Products
Pt. Reyes Station
Specializing in handcrafted cheese using local organic milk
Barinaga Ranch Farmstead Sheep Milk Cheese
Basque-style sheep milk cheese aged for 60 days
Sheep-milk cheese and yogurt
Raw sheep and sheep-jersey cow blend cheeses aged between 2-4 months
Marin French Cheese
Specializing in soft-ripening cheeses, sold under the brand name Rouge at Noir
Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
100% Organic, farmstead cows' milk cheese
Pt.Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company
All natural farmstead cheese from cows' milk aged at least 60 days
Sustainably made mozzarella from 100% water buffalo milk
Small-batch, organic yogurt
Straus Family Creamery
Family-owned yogurt, milk, ice cream and butter creamery
Organic goat dairy