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Dairy Products

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, and if you want to visit the creameries, check out the California Cheese Trail Map.

Marin Dairy Products

Clover Sonoma
Regional creamery using milk from local family dairies.  Yogurt, milk, kefir, butter, cheese

Cowgirl Creamery
Pt. Reyes Station
Specializing in handcrafted cheese using local organic milk

Bellwether Farms
Sheep-milk cheese and yogurt

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
Pt. Reyes
All natural farmstead cheese from cows' milk aged at least 60 days

Ramini Mozzarella
(Formerly) Tomales
Sustainably made mozzarella from 100% water buffalo milk

Straus Family Creamery
Family-owned yogurt, milk, ice cream and butter creamery

Toluma Farms
Organic goat dairy

Valley Ford Cheese Company
Valley Ford (with milk from Tomales)
Multi-generational family-operated creamery, Certified Humane