Above: Nicasio Valley Cheese
Posted in Blogging Marin on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by MCVB Staff
Pastoral picnics at the Marin French Cheese Company
Tucked away in the grassy farmland of rural Marin, the Marin French Cheese Company, founded in 1865, is the oldest operating cheese company in America. Using fresh milk from six neighboring dairy farms, they produce an array of mouth-watering, soft-ripened artisan cheeses, from traditional Camembert to award-winning Triple Cream Brie. It’s delicious, creamy stuff, aged in small rounds and tucked into delicate wooden boxes—perfect for fall picnics in scenic West Marin.
The modest retail store and factory offers complimentary cheese samples with crackers and factory tours. Display cases are packed with rounds of fresh fromage. Add a loaf of fresh sourdough bread, marinated olives, and salami (also sold at the shop) for an idyllic alfresco picnic at tables scattered around the property and along a nearby, tree-lined pond.
The Marin French Cheese Company is open daily from 8:30am to 5pm. Factory tours are offered twice daily on weekdays. Nearby two other artisan cheese factories also offer tours and tastings: the Nicasio Valley Cheese Company in the tiny burg of Nicasio, and the Cowgirl Creamery in charming Point Reyes Station. Serious cheese lovers should follow the Marin-Sonoma Cheese Trail.
Please also view Ben's blog in the Examiner.
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