Family owned and operated by the Callahan family, Bellwether Farms is located in Sonoma County, California, about an hour north of San Francisco. Cindy Callahan founded Bellwether Farm in 1986 and was joined by her son Liam and his wife Diana. Located in the beautiful rolling hills of the Sonoma County coast, the farm is only a few miles from the ocean and well known areas like Tomales Bay and Bodega Bay. This region is known for mild temperatures and coastal fog. Heat stress adversely affects milk production and quality, so the mild temperatures are ideal for dairy production. Dairies in the area are renowned for producing the richest and sweetest milk in the land and no herbicides or artificial fertilizers are ever used on our pastures.
Bellwether Farms' sheep are a Northern European breed called East Friesian, among the best milk producing sheep in the world. Taller than ordinary sheep, they’re known for their relatively long and pointy ears. They are free to roam the pasture year round, but they’re also fed grain and alfalfa to keep them in top condition for milk production.
The cow’s milk comes from Jersey cows on a nearby dairy. Jersey cows are brown in color and much smaller and less common than the black and white Holstein cows. More importantly, their milk is much richer with higher fat and protein, which makes it far superior for cheese production.
The Callahans believe in letting nature do her thing as she sees fit, so the animals are never injected with hormones to increase production.
Our featured Bellwether Farms Cheese
This is a raw sheep milk cheese that has been aged for at least 60 days. You will find whole peppercorns scattered throughout this award-winning California cheese.
Pepato is based on an Italian Pecorino Toscano and is a great addition for a cheeseboard, or shaved on salad or pasta. It’s also quite scrumptious in ravioli or gnocchi. A good Pinot Noir brings out the best in Pepato.
Please note that wheels vary slightly in total weight, you will be charged for the actual weight of the wheel that you will receive.