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Sue Conley

Co-Founder, Cowgirl Creamery

 

Food and community have followed Sue Conley just about everywhere. She caught the restaurant bug early, watching her grandfather hold court at Sholl’s Colonial, the popular Washington DC cafeteria he managed throughout her childhood. It wasn’t too long before she found herself fronting the house of a local campus joint during her time at University of Tennessee. When she moved to San Francisco in 1976, she made her way into the kitchen, first under Bambi McDonald at Hotel Obrero in Chinatown and later, 4th Street Grill in Berkeley under Paul Bertoli. That’s where she met Bette, the namesake of their joint business venture, Bette’s Oceanview Diner. After 11 remarkable years of serving delicious everyday meals to an eclectic mix of Berkeley students, workers and neighbors, she sought a quieter pace, migrating to Point Reyes Station with longtime companion and ex-park ranger, Nan Haynes.

It was here that Sue met Ellen Straus, matriarch of the Straus Family Creamery, her husband Bill, and their kids Albert and Vivien. Inspired by the Strauses, Sue decided to sell her shares in Bette's Diner and find herself a place in West Marin’s growing dairy and organic farm community. Having shared interests and kitchens throughout the years, Sue’s dear friend Peggy decided to join in these efforts. They’ve been making friends and cheese ever since.

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Where you’ll find her
Working on a deadline for a book about the business that will be coming out in Fall 2013.

Favorite cheese
The one that she learned to make first, Clabbered Cottage Cheese

Mentor
Bambi McDonald, owner of the Obrero Hotel and over 300 cookbooks

Local passion 
Hiking out to Arch Rock on the Bear Valley Trail in Point Reyes or heading up to Spud Point on Bodega Bay for a crab sandwich and a cup of chowder; serving on the board of directors at Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) and leading donors and members on tours of local farms and dairies

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One of Sue's Favorite Cheese Collections

Classic Cowgirl Collection

Show your love with this trio of award-winning certified organic classics, including our bestseller, the bold up-and-comer, and our get-it-before-it’s-gone seasonal selection...