Tomales AssaTomales Farmstead Creamery
Assa, which is the Miwok word for "woman," is a goat's milk wheel with a semi-firm texture. The cheese is washed in local wine as it ripens, enabling naturally-occuring bacteria to populate rind and give the cheese a pungent aroma. Underneath the rind, the paste itself is mildly floral, with subtle sweet flavors of caramel and nuts and a balanced saltiness.
We are a Marin County dairy, organic farm and creamery. Just twenty minutes west of Petaluma, the town of Tomales is a unique coastal community nestled above Marshall and the Tomales Bay estuary and is the gateway to Dillon Beach and Bodega Bay.
The long awaited creamery, Tomales Farmstead Creamery, which is based on the farm, began producing artisanal goat and sheep cheeses in April, 2013. Many people are unaware that 65% of milk consumption world-wide is from goat's milk. Our goat's milk, like any good goat’s milk, has a delicious and slightly sweet taste. The goats are milked twice a day and produce a gallon of milk each day, which translates into one pound of cheese. We are proud to declare that we can identify every one of our 200 goats by name. Our goats are comprised of Saanens, Alpines, La Manchas, Oberhaslis, Tobbenbergs and Nubians.
Toluma Farms has over 100 East Friesian sheep. Sheep have been raised for milk for thousands of years and were in fact milked before cows. The world's commercial dairy sheep industry is concentrated in Europe. The dairy goat and sheep industry is still in its infancy in the United States. We are doing are part to move the industry forward and provide an amazing product for the San Francisco Bay Area.