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Cowgirl Creamery’s founders blend traits – SFGate

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.

Photo: Sarah Rice, Special To The Chronicle / SF

“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.

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