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VIVIEN STRAUS
CREATOR OF THE
CHEESE TRAIL
Visit a cheesemaker, and
you're joining a spirited
cheesemaking community. That's the goal
of Vivien Straus, who
created the California
Cheese Trail to highlight
cheesemakers across
the state, including her
home of Petaluma.
While working at her
brother's Straus Family
Creamery, Strauss created the Sonoma-Marin
Cheese Trail Map in
2010. A few years later,
she developed the
Cheese Trail app.
"Only a couple farms
were open in 2010," says
Straus. "Now, more keep
coming on board. Going
direct is fun for the
customer."

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1: The market at Green String Farm; 2: Find Bellwether
Farms cheeses at local markets.

The family-owned Lavender Bee Farm buzzes
with a collection of more than 5,000 lavender plants
and numerous beehives. The farm offers a variety
of aromatic products for the home, but the star is
the all-natural lavender honey. Prized by locals,
Lavender Bee's honey sells out fast.
SAY CHEESE!
Thanks to California's famous Cheese Trail,
it's easier than ever to visit cheesemakers at
their farmsteads. Pick up a California Cheese
Trail Map at the Visitors Center, or download
the California Cheese Trail app.

Sustainable Tourism:
Organic Eats

Whether you eat out or pack a picnic, you'll enjoy
the best of sustainable organic dining, thanks to
the wealth of hyperlocal ingredients available from
Petaluma's local farms.

SHUTTERSTOCK.COM (2); 1: COURTES OF GREEN STRING FARM; 2: COURTESY OF BELLWETHER FARMS

Meet a
Cheese
"Mapper"

A few blocks from downtown,
Petaluma Creamery produces a
variety of tasty dairy products in
an historic 1913 building. The
friendly Creamery Store serves
up espresso drinks, sandwiches,
and pastries alongside popular
cheeses such as the Spring Hill
Jersey Cheese and Petaluma
Gold, as well as some of the best
homemade ice cream around.
Founded in 1865 by cheese pioneer Jefferson Thompson, Marin
French Cheese is the oldest operating
cheese company in the U.S. Take
in the rolling pastures of Hicks
Valley as you enjoy free tastings
of Marin French's award-winning
French-style cheeses like Petite
Breakfast, Petite Crème, and Triple
Crème Brie with Truffles.
At Achadinha Cheese Company,
owners Jim and Donna Pacheco churn
up amazing blended goat- and
cow-milk cheeses, including the
nutty Capricious goat cheese and
the Broncha, a mild, Portuguesestyle cheese. For something more
hands-on, take a cheesemaking
class. You'll get a tour of the ranch,
sample cheeses, and work a vat of curds
and whey before sitting down for lunch
in the rustic family room.
No two farm tours at Two Rock Valley
Goat Cheese are alike. Owner Bonnie DeBernardi guides guests through the lovely
ranch, where you'll have a chance to visit
the lively herd of 40-plus Nubian goats.
You can also find plenty of Petalumamade cheeses in local markets, including
products from popular Bellwether Farms
and Clover Sonoma. Vegans can join in
the fun, too - Petaluma-based Miyoko's
Kitchen creates award-winning cheeses
with all of the taste and none of the lactose. ❖


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