Pt. Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

Courtesy of Pt. Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

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Contact

415.663.8880

People

25 full-time employees, including all 6 members of the Giacomini family, run the farm and business; Kuba Hemmerling is the Head Cheesemaker.

Farmland

700 acres in Point Reyes, about 65 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Farm History

The Giacomini commitment to producing superior farmstead dairy products began over 100 years ago in the mountains of Italy. Today Bob Giacomini and his family continue the family tradition with their Point Reyes Original Blue(TM).

Bob began milking cows on his Point Reyes dairy in 1959. Over the years, Bob, and his wife, Dean, together with their four daughters, Karen, Diana, Lynn, and Jill, developed a shared vision of bringing a value-added farmstead product directly from their ranch to the consumer’s table. This dream was realized in August 2000 when they founded Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company and produced the first vat of Original Blue™.

“Our family’s shared passion for great food and great cooking is what drives us to work as hard as we do (but don’t worry, we have plenty of fun along the way).  We make sure that not a single ounce of milk or wheel of cheese leaves the farm without our family’s hard-earned stamp of approval.” says Jill Giacomini Basch.

The Giacomini Dairy is protected from future development by the Marin Agricultural Land Trust.

Certificaton

Kosher; 100% of the land is certified organic, but their products are not certified

Animal Husbandry Practices

The Giacominis’ 250 Holstein cows are pasture-fed seasonally and silage-fed (comprised of local-grasses grown on the ranch) the remainder of the year. Whey is recycled as liquid feed for the cattle. Cows are given no hormones or antibiotics. The herd is a closed herd.

Soil

Raw and aged manure and compost are used to build the soil.

Water Use

Dam water, sprinkle irrigation; cow manure is recycled into irrigation of fields.

Weed Control

Hand and machine cultivation.

Fertilizer

Raw and aged manure and compost are used to build the soil.

Fun Fact

The Giacominis are a third-generation Marin ranching family.

Location


Point Reyes Station, California

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