This is an extensive feature on the founders of Cowgirl Creamery, a leading light in America’s artisan cheese movement. Cowgirl has been a constant inspiration for me.
Written by Amanda Gold.
“As the founders of Cowgirl Creamery, Conley and Smith have turned a small dairy business – a passion project, initially – into a multifaceted enterprise. Two cheese making facilities, three retail cheese shops spanning both coasts and a distribution arm mark the company’s exponential growth since the women opened in 1997.
Cowgirl produces seven aged cheeses, two fresh cheeses and creme fraiche, which together account for about a third of their retail offerings. The remaining two-thirds is made up of cheeses from other small producers.
With cheese makers and dairy farmers continuing to draw on their expertise, Conley and Smith’s original mission – to preserve local food and help sustain family farms – is going strong.
“We were always very sincere in our motive,” said Conley, who moved to Point Reyes in 1989.”
Full Story: Cowgirl Creamery’s founders blend traits – SFGate.