The Starter Course
With a beginning like this, who needs the rest of the meal?
Mt Tam Cowgirl Creamery • Petaluma, California As a respectful nod to the majestic beauty of Mt Tamalpais, located a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, Cowgirl Creamery named its signature cheese Mt Tam. Creamy and elegant, Mt Tam coats your tongue with a rich, buttery flavor that carries an earthy hint of white mushrooms. The triple-cream Mt Tam is made from unblended, organic, single-herd milk from Straus Family Dairy.
Estero Gold Reserve Valley Ford Cheese Company • Valley Ford, California Family-owned and operated since the land was purchased in the early 1900s, Valley Ford Cheese Company’s farm began producing cheese in 2008 with the goal of paying homage to the family’s Swiss-Italian roots while showcasing their fantastic Jersey milk. Estero Gold Reserve is made from raw milk and aged for about 16 months, giving the cheese a hard texture and sweet flavors of fruit that are reminiscent of Parmigiano.
Blackstone Bellwether Farms • Petaluma, California Blackstone is a blend of sheep and cow milk. Its paste is scattered with black peppercorns, giving it a mild boost of spice and its rind is rubbed with ground pepper, rosemary and vegetable ash. The paste offers the characteristic tang of sheep’s milk, while the cow’s milk offers a caramel sweetness and a rich mouthfeel.
Humboldt Fog Mini Cypress Grove • Aracata, CA Elegant and luscious, this three-week old cheese pays homage to classic French Morbier by running a thin line of grey vegetable ash through its creamy, white center. As Humboldt Fog ages, its subtle tanginess grows more pronounced and a runny edge of thick and delicious ooze begins to develop under the rind and drift to the center of the cheese.
Prosciutto Americano La Quercia • Norwalk, Iowa La Quercia was started to create premium-quality American prosciutto. All of their products are made with humanely raised, antibiotic-free pork, sea salt and organic spices. No sugar, nitrates, or nitrites.
Fruit Preserves WeLoveJam • Santa Clara, California Since 2002, the two men behind WeLoveJam have been producing their Blenheim apricot jam from one of the last remaining Blenheim orchards in California’s Santa Clara Valley. They now offer many other products —always made in small batches using the best ingredients they can find locally from small farmers or from the best international sources.
Roasted Almonds GL Alfieri Farms • Ripon, California Gary Alfieri’s grandfather Gasper began farming their 150-acre property in 1926, and planted an almond orchard soon after. Passed down through the generations, Gary has been running the farm for over 24 years and produces a variety of fruit and nut confections.
Tuscan Table Olives McEvoy Ranch • Petaluma, California Nan McEvoy fell in love with a sprawling 550 acres in Petaluma, California, where she choose to plant her 1000 olive tree seedlings from Tuscany. These table olives have a fresh taste and crisp texture.
Artisan Crisps Rustic Bakery • Petaluma, CA Rustic Bakery provides these sweet and crunchy crisps made with simple, high-quality ingredients--a fabulous accompaniment to artisan cheese.
Cowgirl Sea Salt and Olive Oil Crackers Rustic Bakery • Petaluma, CA These crispy organic flatbread crackers are baked locally especially for Cowgirl Creamery. They are the perfect edible platform for all cheese.
Shipping Policy & Rates
Due to the perishable nature of cheese and our standards for the quality of our cheese, we ship via FedEx Overnight Monday - Wednesday. Please note the selected ship date is an estimated ship date. All orders will arrive within the selected week on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Each cheese collection is boxed and shipped individually. Shipping charges are determined by the weight of the collection. We will ship this Starter Collection anywhere within the Continental United States for a flat rate of $30. There is an individual charge for each collection that you order.
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