Cowgirl Creamery Cheese

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Two friends, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith have earned their stars in some of San Francisco's most famous kitchens, like Chez Panisse, and Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley, but in the early 1990s, they were ready for a new challenge; a cheese making company. They found it in Pt. Reyes Station, a picturesque postage-stamp-of-a-town on the coast about an hour north of San Francisco. This first location, a renovated hay barn in downtown Point Reyes, featured a small cheesemaking room at the entrance to the building. It gave them ideas. Using milk from neighboring Straus Family Creamery, they began making delicious fresh cheeses.

Legend has it that when Peggy and Sue were exploring names for their budding cheese business, two women on horseback pulled up in front of the barn, hitched their horses to the bike rack and ran into the grocery store for supplies. Ellen Straus, who was visiting at the time, looked at Sue and Peggy and said: 'We’re living in the Wild West out here'. Peggy’s response: 'Then we must be cowgirls! and this must be the Cowgirl Creamery'.

At the start Cowgirl Creamery's goal was to make wonderful, fresh, organic cheeses – cottage cheese, creme fraiche, fromage blanc, and quark, later aged and soft-ripened cheese were developed.

Our featured Cowgirl Creamery Cheese
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Mt Tam is an organic triple-cream cheese from California's Cowgirl Creamery. Triple-cream cheeses are made by adding extra cream to whole milk, creating a milk base that's much richer than regular cow's milk. The result is a wheel of divinely decadent cheese. This treasure is named after Mount Tamalpais, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, California.

Mt Tam is one of our most popular triple-cream cheeses. It tastes like creme fraiche and cultured butter, with a soft rind reminiscent of white mushrooms. When young, it has a firm tangy core, gooey outer layer, and fluffy rind. When it's more ripe, the inside is thick and soft like buttercream frosting and tastes more salty and grassy. We like it somewhere in the middle - where the center is still firm but the outside has started to soften, forming a creamline just under the rind. Try this cheese to discover your ripeness preference.

Mt Tam has won countless awards for its sustainable sourcing, artisanal cheesemaking methods, and delicious cheese.

Mt. Tam is perfect with bubbles, sweet things like chocolate, jam, or fruit, and salty cured meats. Especially good on a sandwich, or stuffed with garlic and herbs and baked en croute. Endless possibilities await.

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Mt Tam is an organic triple-cream cheese from California's Cowgirl Creamery. Triple-cream cheeses are made by adding extra cream to whole milk, creating a milk base that's much richer than regular cow's milk. The result is a wheel of divinely... read more
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Red Hawk Cheese from Cowgirl Creamery is a triple-cream, washed-rind, fully-flavored cheese made from organic cow's milk. This small cheese is aged for 6 weeks and washed with a brine solution that promotes the growth of a bacteria that tints... read more