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 farmstead cheeses that pay homage to the family's Swiss-Italian roots while showcasing their fantastic Jersey milk.
Grazin’ Girl is a rustic Gorgonzola style cheese with a natural, basket weaved exterior. After the curds are set, the wheels are hand-salted, then pierced by hand. The needling inserts air into the paste, allowing the blue veins to advance throughout. Made with raw Jersey cow milk, the paste is buttery and creamy, and balanced beautifully by piquant bluing.
Farm / Company: Valley Ford Cheese
Cheesemaker: Joe Moreda Jr.
City, State: Valley Ford, CA
Milk Type: Cow
Milk Treatment: Raw
Aging: 90 days
Size(s): 5 pound wheel