Inspired by her Basque sheep herding and cheesemaking heritage, Marcia Barinaga and her husband, Corey Goodman, purchased a farm in the rolling hills overlooking Tomales Bay in West Marin County. Their intention was to make Basque-style cheese with sheep milk from their own dairy. After attending a cheesemaking class in Vermont, Marcia and Corey accompanied Marcia's father on a trip to the Pyrenees to learn the secrets of cheesemaking from Basque masters. From here, the dream of making cheese in California began to unfold.

At Barinaga Ranch, the sheep graze on pasture all year long. Marcia has been crossbreeding their East Friesian sheep, which are known for their prolific milk production, with the hardy Katahdin, descendents of North African sheep.

Txiki, which is pronouced "cheeky" and means "little" in Basque, is a smaller version of Barinaga's original cheese, Baserri. Its shape is reminiscent of a Petit Basque, a classic Pyrenees sheep's milk cheese. Txiki has exquisite flavors of sweet milk with hints of salted, roasted walnuts.

Available seasonally.

Farm / Company: Barinaga Ranch

Cheesemaker: Marcia Barinaga

Proprietor: Marcia Barinaga

Affineur: Marcia Barinaga

City, State: Marshall, CA

Region: West

Country: USA

Milk Type: Sheep

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Natural

Texture: Firm

Aging: 3 months

Size(s): 1.5 pound wheel