A California native, Sarah Marcus worked in radio broadcasting and the music industry before discovering what she calls her “ultimate love,” cheesemaking. After working behind the counter at Cowgirl Creamery’s Ferry Building shop and apprenticing as a cheesemaker in our Point Reyes creamery, Sarah honed her skills at goat dairies in Great Britain and North Carolina. She launched Briar Rose Creamery with her husband, Jim, in 2010.

Callisto is made from organic Ayrshire cow's milk, sourced from Perrin Family Farms in Oregon. The unique square cheese has a rustic rind and a semi-firm paste that is dense and chewy with a crumbly center. Its flavors range from sour cream and buttered popcorn to roasted sunflower seeds, shiitake mushrooms, winter greens and brown mustard. The cheese is named for a nymph from Greek and Roman mythology, who was one of the closest hunting companions of the goddess Artemis/Diana. She was transformed into a bear, and later into the constellation of Ursa Major. 

Farm / Company: Briar Rose Creamery

Cheesemaker: Sarah Marcus

Proprietor: Sarah Marcus

Affineur: Briar Rose Creamery

City, State: Dundee, OR

Region: Pacific Northwest

Country: USA

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Washed

Texture: Semi-firm

Aging: 3 months

Size(s): 4 pound wheel