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Our Cheesemakers

 

Maureen Cunnie
Eric Patterson
Miguel Martinez

 

Maureen Cunnie

Lead Cheesemaker, Cowgirl Creamery
Maureen Cunnie spent five years as a chef at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco before being lured to Point Reyes to learn the art of cheesemaking. Once at Cowgirl, she found that she enjoyed the quiet, steady pace of the creamery and soon after became the manager of the operation.  Today, Maureen is considered one of the best cheesemakers in our country and is looked upon as a leader in the American artisan cheese movement. She is also the devoted mother of two young girls, Frances and Eleanor Rose.

 

Eric Patterson

Chief Affineur, Cowgirl Creamery
After finishing the AgroEcology program at U.C. Santa Cruz, Eric became an organic vegetable farmer in the Sierra foothills and Capay Valley. He got some dairy goats as a hobby, and when the herd kept growing and the milk kept flowing, he taught himself to make feta and chevre. Eventually, dairy trumped vegetables; he joined Cowgirl in 2002 to pursue his passion and expand his skills. He is constantly working to figure out new techniques and systems that make the creamery more efficient but retain the handmade qualities of Cowgirl’s cheeses.

 

Miguel Martinez

Cheesemaker, Cowgirl Creamery
Miguel came to Cowgirl when he learned that the Dairy where he lived and worked for seventeen years would be selling their land to the National Parks. His job had been a peaceful one – herding cows on that beautiful land – but now he’s fulfilling the cheesemaking dream that began when he was 13 in his native Guadalajara. He has five daughters and one son.  His wonderful wife, Augustina, works in the kitchen at the Cantina in our Point Reyes location and his daughter, Erica, can be found at the cheese counter guiding customers on cheese tasting and selection.