Cindy Callahan, a nurse by training, was in her 50s when she first began raising sheep as a way to keep pasture grasses under control. She soon began milking her flock, and before long, her son Liam joined her as a cheesemaker. Today, Bellwether Farms makes an array of fresh and aged Italian-style sheep and cow's milk cheeses.

Studded with whole peppercorns, Pepato is a raw, semi-soft sheep milk cheese with a flaky yet creamy consistency. After being aged for two to three months, Pepato is salty with tangy citrus flavors that are nicely balanced by the heat of the peppercorns.

Farm / Company: Bellwether Farms

Cheesemaker: Liam Callahan

Proprietor: Cindy Callahan


City, State: Petaluma, CA

Region: West

Country: USA

Milk Type: Sheep

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Natural

Texture: Hard

Aging: 3-4 months

Size(s): 3.5 pounds