Bodega & Yerba Santa Goat Cheese

Tory Putnam

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Brothers, Javier and Daniel Salmon, with father, Jaime Salmon, and 2 seasonal workers.


20 acres in Lakeport, about 120 miles to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Farm History

Javier grew up in Peru working with his father Jaime at their family cheese plant. He moved to the United States in 1982 and his father and brother Daniel followed in 1985. Javier purchased goats in 1984, first grazing them on rented land in Martinez while they lived in Berkeley. In 1986, they acquired Bodega Goat Cheese so they could live on the land with the animals. The farm strives to be a model of sustainable agriculture.

Javier and Daniel recently expanded the business by purchasing Yerba Santa Dairy, where they are working towards organic certification. Here they will continue to produce Bodega Goat Cheese as well as Yerba Santa Cheese. Daniel started the Yerba Santa label in 2003 and sells French and Spanish style cheeses. Their next step towards sustainability is solarizing their cheese processing facilities.



Water Use

On-site well water and drip irrigation for the pasture and tree reforestation.

Fun Fact

The Salmons hire an herbalist to treat the goats with oils and tinctures when they are sick.


6850 Scotts Valley Road
Lakeport, California


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