Sonoma - Loop #1

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Plan a trip from Petaluma to the ocean. Starting in the town of Petaluma, stop by the Petaluma Creamery shop, located adjacent to their large creamery, where you can pick up cheese from Petaluma Creamery and Spring Hill Jersey farm. Then, if you plan ahead, you can take a five minute drive outside Petaluma (this must be scheduled through their website) to Achadinha Cheese, a family farm, to visit their goats, cows, see the creamery, taste and purchase cheese. Otherwise, from the Petaluma Creamery, drive out towards the coast, stopping by Valley Ford Cheese Company, in the tiny “town” of Valley Ford. See the cheese wheels through the window, pick up any one of their award-winning Swiss-Italian style cheese, stay for lunch or pick up picnic items and even try their own homemade soft serve ice cream. All products are made from son Jim’s nearby Jersey cow herd.

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01Petaluma Creamery & Cheese Shop

The Petaluma Creamery has served local dairy farmers and producers for over 100 years. It has played an integral role in ensuring the longevity & community of our family farms.

02Spring Hill Jersey Cheese

Rich, organic 100% Jersey Milk is the secret to Larry Peter’s cheese. Larry raises his Jerseys on a farm just on the outskirts of Petaluma. The Petaluma Creamery, where Spring Hill Cheese is made, is the largest creamery in the area. Taking a tour (appointments required) is fascinating. At the creamery, where the cheese is made, is also the Petaluma Creamery Cheese Shop, where you can pick up cheese, as well coffee, fresh baked goods, Panini’s and BBQ, gourmet homemade ice cream, custom gift baskets, and many other specialty items.

03Achadinha Cheese

The Achadinha (Osh-a-deen-a) Cheese Company is a family operated ranch lead by Jim and Donna Pacheco along with their four children William, Daniel, Elizabeth and David. This family tradition began 3 generations ago in Achadinha, Portugal and Vallejo, California with both of Jim's grandfathers milking cows. In 1955 Jim's parents branched out on their own and eventually in 1969 they ended up in Petaluma where the Pachecos are currently milking cows and goats to make their own Farmstead cheeses. They are also raising beef cows, pigs, sheep, horses, chickens, dogs, cats and ducks. discover what makes our cheeses special and why we are proud to bring them direct from the ranch to you.

04Valley Ford Cheese

Five generations of the Bianchi/Grossi family have raised dairy cows on this prime farmland in Sonoma County. Karen Bianchi-Moreda and her son Joe now make Swiss-Italian-style and blue cheese from the milk of their Jersey herd.