“The California Cheese Trail: History and Future of Cheesemaking in Our State” by Sue Conley
Sue Conley and Peggy Smith started their company, Cowgirl Creamery and Tomales Bay Foods in 1997 with the goal of providing an important link between Marin County dairies, cheesemakers and urban consumers. Considered pioneers in the American artisan cheese movement, their certified organic cheeses have won numerous accolades. Sue and Peggy were among the first American cheesemakers to be inducted into France’s esteemed Guilde des Fromagers. They were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Cheese Society and also from The James Beard Foundation. Their book about their cheese journey, Cowgirl Creamery Cooks, was published by Chronicle Books in 2013.
Sue’s background is also in restaurants. She was co-founder of Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley. Sue has dedicated her career to not only producing award-winning cheeses but also promoting agricultural stewardship as evident in her 18 years as a board member for the Marin Agricultural Land Trust.
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