Purchased in the early 1900s, the Valley Ford Cheese Co.’s farm has been family-owned and operated ever since. Throughout the 20th century, the family acquired land throughout Marin and Sonoma Counties, and now milks a herd of about 400 Jersey cows. In 2008 Karen Bianchi, the fourth generation on the farm, decided it was time to make cheese. Her goal was to produce cheeses that pay homage to the family's Swiss-Italian roots while showcasing their fantastic Jersey milk.
Highway 1 is the family’s take on an old-style Fontina. It is made from raw milk and aged for at least 80 days. It has a firm, creamy texture with flavors of fruit and nuts – use it for cooking or melting, or pair it with a robust Italian red wine.
Farm / Company: Valley Ford Cheese
Cheesemaker: Karen Bianchi-Moreda
Proprietor: Karen Bianchi-Moreda
Affineur: Karen Bianchi-Moreda & Joe Moreda Jr
City, State: Valley Ford, CA
Milk Type: Cow
Milk Treatment: Raw
Aging: 80 days
Size(s): 7 pound wheel