Bellwether Farms: Sheep's Milk Heaven
With visions of fluffy lambs jumping over wheels of golden cheese stacked on Sonoma's emerald hills, a friend and I drove with happy hearts to visit Bellwether Farms. Cheesemaker Liam Callahan doesn't normally give tours- his facilities aren't currently set up for handling visitors- so this was a very special ocassion. Plus, it was birthing season for the sheep and we were hoping to catch sight of the babies.
For whatever reason- my alarm clock not going off, highway 101 construction on the way to Petaluma, or us kind of getting "lost," we were late. The result? We missed the frolicking baby sheep but experienced one of the best cheese tours of our lives.
Thanks to Callahan, who took time out of his busy Friday to answer my 1,001 questions during cheese production, we were able to see (and understand) how they make their small batches of San Andreas and their coveted sheep's milk basket ricotta. Thank you so much for the tour Liam, and I hope "It's Not You it's Brie" readers enjoy the following photo tour of this traditional, family run creamery. Behind the scenes photos are taken by my cheesemaker tour photographer, Molly, who also captured the cuteness on the "Redwood Hill Kids, Come Home with Me" excursion.
What's the best cheese tour you've been on? Any favorite cheese places you like to visit in your area?