Working with cheese for the past few years has taught me so much and awakened a passion that I never really knew I had. These days, I find myself researching the origins of many of the cheeses we have available at Bottle King’s Vineyard Market. To me, a creamery that has an exceptional story and passion for what they do adds value to their cheese and gives it that much more than some generic, factory produced cheese you find at the supermarket. For our second featured creamery, we are bringing you the story, and cheese, of Cowgirl Creamery in California.
Long time friends Sue Conley and Peggy Smith both had established careers in the restaurant business, both working in some of San Francisco’s famous kitchens. When the early 1990s rolled around, both women were ready for a change. They established Tomales Bay Foods, a way for local farms and dairies to get their products to the area’s best chefs. Their first location was a renovated hay barn in Point Reyes. The building had a small cheesemaking room within it, which lead the ladies to begin tinkering in cheesemaking. Two decades and dozens of awards later, Cowgirl Creamery continues to churn out delicious, award-winning, organic cheeses.
How’d they come up with such a unique name, you ask? Well according to their website….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. A friend 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.”
You can now find some of Cowgirl Creamery’s cheeses in select Bottle King Vineyard Market locations. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more posts on Cowgirl Creamery cheeses from some of your trusted Vineyard Market Leads!