FAQ

Questions About Our Yogurt

  • Why is sheep milk yogurt good for me? What is the difference between sheep, goat and cows milk?

    Our sheep milk is perfect just as it is. For our yogurt, we use only natural, whole milk with its abundance of nutrients intact. There is no need to add powdered milk and stabilizers or drain extra whey to make the yogurt thicker.  Our recipe is simple: Happy, healthy sheep plus meticulous production methods and selection of active cultures creates the most naturally healthful, lusciously thick, and delicious whole milk yogurt for you.

    Humans have been milking sheep and enjoying the unique benefits of their milk for thousands of years! The countries of the Mediterranean remain the world’s biggest producers—the extraordinarily long lives of Bulgarian shepherds is often attributed in part to the health-giving benefits of sheep milk. Sheep's milk is extremely high in nutrients compared to other kinds of commercially available milk. In many cases, it is more readily digestible to people who suffer from lactose intolerance. Gram for gram, the superiority of sheep milk lies in the comparison with cow and goat milk - especially in the differences between levels of critical nutritional substances like protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, Vitamins B6, B12 and D, the medium-chain amino acids, linoleic acids and all 10 of the essential amino acids.

    Sheep milk contains about one-third more energy than cow or goat milk. It has double the protein and much more of the right kinds of fats, vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc, while being lower in sodium. It has more than twice as much Vitamin C, and double or triple the other essential vitamins. Importantly, it also has more folic acid (folate).

    Sheep’s milk contains about twice the fat of cow’s milk, but this also means twice the ‘healthy’ fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, including Omega 3 & 6). The same goes for Goat’s milk. The body needs healthy fats for many bodily functions, like absorbing vitamins. Monounsaturated fats lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) while increasing HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol). Polyunsaturated fats also lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids belong to this group.

    Sheep milk is also rich in medium-chain fatty acids or triglycerides (MCTs) - about 25% of the fat content. MCTs can benefit weight control by promoting ‘fullness’, reducing fat deposits, increasing energy expenditure, and being more easily metabolized (turned into energy in the body).

    The fat globules in sheep milk are smaller than those in either cow or goat milk so the milk is more homogeneous. The smaller fat globules are often more easily digested and less likely to cause high cholesterol.

    In a nutshell:

    Ounce for Ounce Whole Sheep Milk is Superior! (Compared to cow and goat milk)

    Sheep milk has 60% more protein
    Sheep milk protein is complete because it has all 10 essential amino acids the body needs.
    Sheep milk does not contain A1 protein

    Sheep milk has more of the good fats!
    Mono- and poly-unsaturated, including Omega 3 & 6

    Sheep milk is higher in natural vitamins and minerals.
    A, B, B1, B6, B12, C, E, and calcium (also more magnesium, phosphorous, and zinc, which may help combat allergies and eczema)

    Sheep milk is easier to digest.
    Higher in medium- & short-chain fatty acids
    The fat globules are smaller and easier to digest

  • Does sheep milk taste like goat milk?

    We get this question all the time because the two animals are very similar in size.  However, the two kinds of milk taste nothing alike.  Sheep milk is noted for its incredibly clean flavor - with no funny aftertaste.  In fact, most people even prefer it to cow milk.

  • Is sheep milk yogurt more digestible?

    Yes, data shows that sheep milk yogurt is more digestible when compared to cows' milk. While sheep milk does contain lactose, people consistently report that they are able to eat sheep milk without discomfort. In Bellwether Farms' research, we found that over 50% of our customers, when surveyed, reported that they chose our yogurt specifically because of digestibility and other health concerns, such as allergies. In many cases, these customers were following the direction of a doctor.

    There are many scientific reasons for sheep milk's digestibility. Like goat’s milk, it is naturally homogenized and has smaller fat globules and more medium fatty chain acids. Sheep’s milk is also high in A2 protein, Vitamin B12, and folate. The high level of A2 protein specifically leads to greater digestibility. An intolerance to A1 protein in certain cow milk often presents as lactose intolerance.

    Of course, the thing that really stands out about Bellwether Farms yogurt is how great it tastes.

  • Can cow milk yogurt be made to be more digestible? What’s the deal with A2 protein?

    The answer is 'Yes.' Not all breeds of cows produce the same kind of milk. Bellwether Farms uses milk from Jersey cows that we source from neighboring farms here in Sonoma County, California. The California Dairy Research Foundation has documented that Jersey cow milk contains A2 beta-casein protein, not the A1 protein that many find difficult to digest. There are additional studies with small groups of human subjects who self-report intolerance. In these studies, people reported no issues with milk that contained only A2 protein.

    In addition to being more digestible, Jersey cow milk also has a richer, more full taste and texture.

  • Is your yogurt gluten free?

    Yes all varieties of our yogurt are naturally gluten free.

  • Why is there liquid sometime on the top of my yogurt?

    The liquid that is sometime found on the top of your yogurt is whey. It is normal for a bit of whey to separate from the yogurt once it has been packaged. Whey contains many important vitamins and nutrients and can be mixed back into the yogurt.

  • Why is there sugar in your yogurt and where does it come from?

    We do not add any sugar to our plain yogurt. The sugar in the plain yogurt is lactose (the natural sugar found in milk). The sugar found in our fruit flavors is about 3/4 naturally occurring due to the lactose and the fruit. The sugar in our vanilla is about 50% from the lactose and the rest from cane sugar.

Questions About Our Cheese

  • Is your cheese pasteurized?

    At this time the only raw milk products we make are our two aged sheep milk cheeses — San Andreas and Pepato. These are aged over 90 days, which is a month longer that the FDA requirements for raw milk cheeses.

  • Is your rennet vegetarian?

    Our cheeses are made with traditional rennet which is not vegetarian. We made a decision to use natural rennet because we feel it produces better flavors for our cheeses.

  • Can I freeze your cheese?

    No our cheese does not freeze well. If you cannot eat it all - take it to work, school or give it to your neighbor.

  • How should I store cheese?

    Cheese should be kept at temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees F. New wrapping should be used each time a cheese is rewrapped. Cheese should be stored in an airtight container to avoid picking up aromas from other foods. Ideally, wrap the cheese with waxed paper and then place in an airtight plastic container. In a pinch, any airtight plastic bag or container will do. Chilled cheeses should be allowed time to warm before serving. Half an hour to an hour should be sufficient. Mold on a cheese does not mean that it is spoiled. Just make a shallow cut from each moldy surface of the cheese so that no mold is visible.

Questions About Our Sheep and Farm

  • What breed of sheep do you have?

    Our flock is comprised of East Friesian and Lacaune. The East Friesian sheep are a breed of dairy sheep originating from northern Germany. The Lacaune is a breed of sheep originating from southern France. These are two of the best sheep breeds in terms of milk yield per ewe. Both breeds typically have twins or triplets so lambing time (typically in the Winter) can be a very busy time for us!

  • How much milk do you get from a ewe?

    On average we get about 1/2 gallon per day (milking twice a day) from each ewe. This amount is less than a goat and much less than a cow — some breeds can average over 12 gallons a day! This is the main reason sheep milk products are among the most expensive.

  • Do you shear your sheep and what do you do with the wool?

    Yes, we typically shear our sheep twice a year - usually a month before they lamb. We shear around our lambing schedule and therefore the length of the wool is never quite long enough for premium wool sales. We sell the wool to a wool cooperative that markets it for carpeting and other industrial purposes

  • What do your sheep eat? Is the feed organic and non-GMO?

    Our ewes have year-round access to pasture and open space. They love to graze and rest in the shade of our Eucalyptus trees. However, since California has more than half the year without rain the majority of our ewes diet is alfalfa with a small amount of corn. Currently, we cannot guarantee that our ewes feed is always GMO-free. We are actively working on sourcing as much organic and non-GMO as is economically possible.

  • Can we visit your farm or creamery?

    We are a working farm and creamery and do not offer tours at this time. To learn more about our farm be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter.

Our News

  • Bellwether Farms Introduces New Line of Fresh Sheep Cheese Logs

    Family-Owned Creamery Expands Lineup of Award-Winning Dairy Products 

    Petaluma, Calif. June 9, 2021 – Today, Bellwether Farms expands its award-winning sheep cheese lineup with a new Fresh Sheep Cheese available in five varieties, Original — with a bright, clean flavor with notes of lemon — as well as Strawberry Preserves, Orange Marmalade, Moroccan Spice, and Sonoma Herbs. These creamy fresh cheeses provide an effortless way to elevate a snack, appetizer, main dish, or cheeseboard and are delicious crumbled atop salad, spread on crackers or toast, and as a velvety smooth filling in homemade ravioli or quiche.

    Whole sheep milk, sourced from a small network of local sheep dairies, is the key to Bellwether Farms’ superior taste, texture, and nutritional value. These sheep have year-round access to open space, are raised without hormones, and are fed an all-natural diet including grass and alfalfa to ensure the highest-quality milk production. Because sheep milk’s protein is 100% A2 type, many people seek out sheep milk products since they tend to be gentler on digestion than cow’s milk cheese.

    “Our sheep milk products have been a huge hit with our customers,” says Liam Callahan, owner of Bellwether Farms. “They’ve been asking us to add a fresh sheep cheese to the mix and we’re delighted to oblige with this launch. Thanks to the clean taste of sheep milk and our traditional, small-batch production methods, we are confident that our Fresh Sheep Cheese will be a new favorite among cheese lovers.”

    Bellwether Farms’ Fresh Sheep Cheese Logs are available at grocery stores with a suggested retail price of $5.99 per 3 oz. package.

    Katie Cycan
    Crier Communications
    310-274-1072 x 207
    bellwetherfarms@crierpr.com

  • Bellwether Farms Launches New 24 oz Sheep Milk Yogurt in Whole Foods Market Nationwide

    Family-owned creamery increases size of popular sheep milk yogurt based on customer demand

    Petaluma, Calif. May 11, 2021 – Bellwether Farms today announces its Plain Sheep Milk Yogurt in a new, larger 24 oz container is now available at  Whole Foods Market nationwide.

    “We’ve been listening to people who love our Sheep Milk Yogurt, and they’ve expressed that a larger-size container would just make so much sense for enjoying at home with their families,” says Liam Callahan, owner of Bellwether Farms. “They simply couldn’t get enough of it until now. We’re so thrilled to be launching this new, larger size with a partner like Whole Foods. Our yogurt is such a versatile product that folks love it every day for breakfast with fruit and granola, as an ingredient in a variety of baking recipes, or swirled into soups and sauces. There are so many possibilities.”

    Bellwether Farms’ rich, thick, and creamy Plain Sheep Milk Yogurt has a clean, refreshing taste, with no added sugar or artificial ingredients. As with all its sheep’s milk products, Bellwether Farms only uses whole sheep milk completely free of added thickeners, antibiotics, or growth hormones. Naturally probiotic with active, beneficial cultures, sheep’s milk yogurt also is loaded with 100% A2 protein.  Bellwether Farms’ customers say it is much easier on their digestion — even for those who are lactose intolerant. And the new, larger size makes it much easier to share at home with family or accommodate larger-serving recipes such as Orange Sheep Yogurt Cake or Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kabobs.

    Look out for Bellwether Farms’ 24 oz Plain Sheep Milk Yogurt at Whole Foods nationwide, with an SRP of $9.99. For more information about Bellwether Farms and its award-winning products, please visit www.bellwetherfarms.com.  

    About Bellwether Farms

    Founded in 1986 in Sonoma County, family-owned and operated Bellwether Farms lovingly crafts dairy products using whole, full-fat sheep’s milk and cow’s milk. With a fervent commitment to traditional, artisanal techniques, Bellwether Farms' small-batch cheeses and yogurts are found in grocery stores nationwide and have won dozens of awards. One percent of Bellwether Farms’ sales go to organizations providing hunger relief or food-related education. Visit BellwetherFarms.com to learn more and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. #WholeIsBetter

    Press Contact:
    Katie Cycan
    Crier Communications
    310-274-1072 x 207
    bellwetherfarms@crierpr.com

  • Bellwether Farms’ Whole Milk Basket Ricotta will be Available at Wegmans Food Markets

    PETALUMA, Calif.March 16, 2021 -- Family-owned Bellwether Farms today announces that its hand-dipped Whole Milk Basket Ricotta will be available in the dairy aisle at Wegmans Food Markets starting March 25 in over 100 stores in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern regions of the U.S. including those in New YorkPennsylvaniaNew JerseyVirginiaMarylandMassachusetts, and North Carolina.

    Bellwether Farms' Whole Milk Basket Ricotta's smooth, creamy, pillowy-soft texture and delicate, slightly sweet flavor make for an indulgent snack, dessert, or the star in a variety of savory and sweet dishes — including Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, a perfect recipe for upcoming Easter brunch celebrations. Even so, as many fans of Bellwether Farms already know, delicious, authentic ricotta is one of life's simple pleasures and is arguably the most enjoyable by itself with a spoon.

    In accordance with Bellwether Farms' motto "whole is better," Bellwether Farms' hand-dipped Whole Milk Basket Ricotta is made from whole, full-fat Jersey cow milk straight from healthy, happy cows. The Whole Milk Basket Ricotta is even housed in its original draining basket, another touch that harkens back to the days of artisanal cheese-production and makes it truly unique.  

    "We are honored to expand distribution with Wegmans Food Markets especially with our Whole Milk Basket Ricotta," says Liam Callahan, owner of Bellwether Farms. "This is a product we're particularly proud of and has gained incredible momentum over the last year. As a family creamery, we can't think of a better way to head into our 35th anniversary year than to partner with one of the best supermarkets on the east coast and make our products even more easily accessible across the U.S."

  • Family Creamery Bellwether Farms Shows Just How Much “Whole is Better”

    Traditionally crafted, high-quality, delicious sheep’s milk and cow’s milk yogurts and cheeses stand out nationwide

    Petaluma, Calif. – Nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of the Sonoma County coast, Bellwether Farms lovingly crafts dairy products including yogurts and cheeses using full-fat sheep’s milk and cow’s milk and traditional, artisanal techniques. Whether you’re savoring a midday snack, recovering post-workout, or preparing a favorite recipe, Bellwether Farms’ versatile award-winning dairy essentials are delicious and packed with nutrition.

    Founded in 1986 and family-owned and operated, Bellwether Farms first received rave reviews for its sheep's milk cheese and yogurt from farmers' markets and chefs in the San Francisco Bay area. Since sheep's milk is extremely high in nutrients and in many cases more readily digestible to those with lactose intolerance, Bellwether Farms was able to carve a niche for the brand and make sheep's milk cheeses and yogurts more mainstream and accessible. Coming up on its 35th anniversary, Bellwether Farms now makes America’s number one sheep's milk yogurt, has loyal customers across the country and has secured distribution nationwide. But what still sets Bellwether Farms apart in the dairy case after all these years is a refreshingly simple approach that's been a commitment for the creamery since its inception.

    Bellwether Farms' devotion to simplicity and wholesome tradition is no more apparent than in its Sheep Milk Yogurt and Organic Cow Milk Yogurt. Most yogurt these days is created by first cobbling together a variety of low-fat milk and cream sources — and then adding colors, fillers, flavors and sugars to make up the difference lost in taste and texture. In contrast, Bellwether Farms makes yogurt in small batches from whole milk straight from healthy, happy sheep or cows. Thanks to this premium sourcing and also to using time-honored techniques perfected over thousands of years, the resulting yogurt is lusciously smooth, delicious, and nutrient-dense.

    The motto “whole is better” applies not only to Bellwether Farms' popular yogurt line but to all of its products including its exquisite, hand-dipped Whole Milk Basket Ricotta, made from pure Jersey cow milk. Cultured first and then slowly heated in small kettles until curds form, there’s nothing else quite like it. Another standout is Bellwether Farms’ Crème Fraiche, French cultured cream made from pure, local heavy cream. It's a favorite staple of professional chefs and home cooks alike and is widely renowned for its complex richness.

    “With ‘whole is better,’ everyone wins,” says Liam Callahan, owner of Bellwether Farms. “The sheep and cows live full, healthy lives; farmers are rewarded for taking care of these healthy animals; we get to follow our passion and craft exceptional products we’re proud of — and folks enjoy food that is deeply nutritious and remarkably flavorful.”

    And this holistic emphasis extends beyond farming and food production to giving back to the community. In 2016, Bellwether Farms established the nonprofit Bellwether Farms Foundation, pledging one percent of sales to organizations providing hunger relief or food-related education. In 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Bellwether Farms launched Project Spilled Milk and raised $50,000 to purchase excess milk from dairy farmers who had fewer open restaurants or schools to buy their dairy. Bellwether Farms dedicated one production shift each week to create yogurt from this milk and delivered 25,000 16 oz containers of yogurt to food banks in Northern California, which have been experiencing unprecedented demand this year.

    About Bellwether Farms

    Founded in 1986 in Sonoma County, family-owned and operated Bellwether Farms lovingly crafts dairy products using whole, full-fat sheep’s milk and cow’s milk. With a fervent commitment to traditional, artisanal techniques, Bellwether Farms' small-batch cheeses and yogurts are found in grocery stores nationwide and have won dozens of awards. One percent of Bellwether Farms’ sales go to organizations providing hunger relief or food-related education. Visit BellwetherFarms.com to learn more and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. #WholeIsBetter

    Press Contact:

    Katie Cycan
    Crier Communications
    310-274-1072 x 207
    bellwetherfarms@crierpr.com

  • From Lawn Mowers to Cheese Makers – California Dairy Magazine

    The Callahan Family brings the shepherd and dairyman together with their unique and tasty product line.

    California Dairy Magazine, December 2020 - A family-owned Northern California creamery that offers a unique line of products is continuing to find more customers while overcoming the unexpected challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown their way, and are helping to address hunger in their community. Read More

  • Bellwether Farms’ Whole Milk Basket Ricotta Sales Up 50%

    Family creamery expands grocery distribution and continues momentum into 2021

    Petaluma, Calif. February 23, 2021 – Family-owned Bellwether Farms today announces that sales of its hand-dipped Whole Milk Basket Ricotta increased by 50 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year. Thanks to this unprecedented demand, Bellwether Farms is working with its grocery partners to expand distribution of the Whole Milk Basket Ricotta, increasing availability in key regions.

    As many fans of Bellwether Farms already know, delicious, authentic ricotta is one of life’s simple pleasures and is arguably the most enjoyable by itself with a spoon. Whole Milk Basket Ricotta’s smooth, creamy, pillowy-soft texture and delicate, slightly sweet flavor make for an indulgent snack, dessert, a star in a variety of savory dishes — and everything in between.

    In accordance with Bellwether Farms’ motto “whole is better,” Bellwether Farms' hand-dipped Whole Milk Basket Ricotta is made from whole, full-fat Jersey cow milk straight from healthy, happy cows. The Whole Milk Basket Ricotta is even housed in its original draining basket, another touch that harkens back to the days of artisanal cheese-production and makes it truly unique.  

    "We are delighted that our Whole Milk Basket Ricotta is resonating because it's a product we are particularly proud of," says Liam Callahan, owner of Bellwether Farms. "We hear from folks all the time that they’ve never had ricotta as good as ours, and it makes sense. There’s nothing else quite like it on the market, and you can really taste the difference. We can't think of a better way to head into our 35th anniversary year than to continue this great momentum into 2021."


    About Bellwether Farms

    Founded in 1986 in Sonoma County, family-owned and operated Bellwether Farms lovingly crafts dairy products using whole, full-fat sheep’s milk and cow’s milk. With a fervent commitment to traditional, artisanal techniques, Bellwether Farms' small-batch cheeses and yogurts are found in grocery stores nationwide and have won dozens of awards. One percent of Bellwether Farms’ sales go to organizations providing hunger relief or food-related education. Visit BellwetherFarms.com to learn more and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. #WholeIsBetter

    Press Contact:

    Katie Cycan
    Crier Communications
    310-274-1072 x 207
    bellwetherfarms@crierpr.com

  • Bellwether Farms Wins 5 Awards at American Cheese Society Competition

    Petaluma’s Small Family Creamery Wins Big at National Cheese Conference in Richmond, Virginia 

    Sonoma County, CA August 16, 2019 -Bellwether Farms, returns from The American Cheese Society conference in Richmond, VA with 5 awards recognizing the superior flavor and texture of their handcrafted sheep and cow milk products. The American Cheese Society is the leader in promoting the American cheese industry; providing educational resources while encouraging the highest standards of cheesemaking, with a focus on sustainability.  The American Cheese Society’s Competition is the largest contest of its kind for American-made cheeses, celebrating and respecting the craft of cheesemakers. Present to accept the awards was Bellwether Farms owner and cheesemaker, Liam Callahan, who was also featured during the conference’s ‘Meet the Cheesemaker’ event.

    Bellwether Farms was recognized for the following cheeses:

    1st Place Gold Medal in Fresh Unripened Cheese made from Cow’s Milk Category:
    Bellwether Farms Fromage Blanc 

    2nd Place Silver Medal in Fresh Unripened Cheese made from Sheep’s Milk Category:
    Bellwether Farms Fresh Sheep Cheese

    2nd Place Silver Medal in Cultured Milk and Cream Products:
    Bellwether Farms Plain Organic Cow Yogurt

    2nd Place Silver Medal in Cultured Milk and Cream Products made from Sheep’s Milk Category:
    Bellwether Farms Plain Sheep Yogurt

    3rd Place Bronze Medal in Sheep Milk Cheeses Aged over 60 days:
    Bellwether Farms San Andreas

    Bellwether Farms adds these 5 medals to a collection of recent accolades, including the esteemed 2019 Good Food Award and the coveted Gold award at the 2019 sofi Awards, both for their Whole Milk Basket Ricotta. 

    Currently sold in hundreds of conventional grocery stores and independent retailers across the nation, including Costco, Bellwether Farms is known for its use of high-caliber ingredients and traditional techniques; resulting in products favored for their unique flavors and superior textures. 

    Bellwether Farm's lineup of fresh and cultured products include Organic Whole Milk Cow Yogurt, Sheep Milk Yogurt, Crème Fraiche, Fromage Blanc, Crescenza, and Whole Milk Basket Ricotta. The family-run creamery also offers a popular lineup of aged cheeses, such as Carmody, San Andreas and Pepato. 

    Located on 35 acres in Sonoma County, Bellwether Farms is dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices, ethical animal husbandry, and crafting the highest quality dairy products possible.  Passionate about supporting organizations that provide hunger relief or offer food-education to their communities, the family team established the nonprofit Bellwether Farms Foundation in 2016; pledging one percent of their sales to strengthen the food system and seek opportunities to invest in communities where their products are sold.

  • Bellwether Farms To Offer Organic Cow Milk Yogurt In Select Texas Costcos

    Bellwether Farms adds two-packs of 32 oz. plain Organic Cow Milk Yogurt to Texas and New Orleans Costcos on July 10th

    Petaluma, CA, July 22, 2019 - Starting on July 10th, Petaluma, CA creamery Bellwether Farms is set to add two-packs of their 32 oz. plain Organic Cow Milk Yogurt to select Costco locations in Texas, as well as one in New Orleans. Crafted with high-quality Jersey milk from a nearby farm, Bellwether Farms Organic Cow Milk Yogurt is rich and creamy without additional thickeners or cream. Currently sold in hundreds of conventional grocery stores and independent retailers across the nation, Bellwether Farms is known for their use of high-caliber ingredients and traditional techniques; resulting in products favored for their unique flavors and superior textures.

    Delivering beneficial probiotics and A2 protein, often easier to digest than other yogurts on the market, Bellwether Farms bulk Organic Cow Milk Yogurt will soon be found at:

    Costco warehouse 641 - [A, 4301 W William Cannon Dr #100, Austin, TX 78749]
    Costco warehouse 1049 - [1225 TX-276, Rockwall, TX 75032]
    Costco warehouse 1266 - [8055 Churchill Way, Dallas, TX 75251]
    Costco warehouse 680 - [1150 Bunker Hill Rd, Houston, TX 77055}
    Costco warehouse 1147 - [3900 Dublin St, New Orleans, LA 70118]

    Bellwether Farms' fresh and cultured products include Organic Whole Milk Cow Yogurt, Sheep Milk Yogurt, Crème Fraiche, Fromage Blanc, Crescenza, and an award-winning Whole Milk Basket Ricotta (2019 soft Award and 2019 Good Food Award). The family-run creamery also offers a popular lineup of aged cheeses, such as Carmody, San Andreas, and Pepato.

    Located on 35 acres in Sonoma County, Bellwether Farms is dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices, ethical animal husbandry, and crafting the highest quality dairy products possible. Passionate about supporting organizations that provide hunger relief or offer food-education to their communities, the family team established the nonprofit Bellwether Farms Foundation in 2016; pledging one percent of their sales to strengthen the food system and seek opportunities to invest in communities where their products are sold.

  • Bellwether Farms Received 2019 Gold sofi Award for Whole Milk Basket Ricotta

    Petaluma, CA, May 7, 2019 - Bellwether Farms’ Whole Milk Basket Ricotta earned the coveted Gold award in the competitive Cow Milk Cheese category at the 2019 sofi Awards. The Specialty Food Association’s sofi Awards have been recognizing excellence, creativity, and great taste in the specialty food industry since 1972. Sofi award winners were selected through a blind tasting process from 1,800 entries from around the country by a panel of industry experts.

    “It is an amazing honor to be awarded this sofi.” said Bellwether Farms owner and cheesemaker, Liam Callahan. “Our team takes many steps to ensure this is a special ricotta, and we are thrilled with the recognition that it is the best.”

    Bellwether Farms’ Whole Milk Basket Ricotta was also honored earlier this year with the esteemed Good Food Award at the 2019 Good Food Foundation awards ceremony. The distinguished flavor and texture of Bellwether Farms’ Whole Milk Basket Ricotta come from the high-caliber ingredients and traditional techniques. Using fresh, whole 100% Jersey cow milk from a neighboring farm, the whole milk is first cultured and then slowly heated in small kettles; developing the unique flavor and superior texture. The delicate curds are carefully hand-ladled into the draining baskets to preserve the quality of the product. The ricotta is then sold in the draining basket to protect the ricotta until it reaches the customer's table.

    In addition to their top-notch cheeses, Bellwether Farms is also America’s #1 producer of Sheep Milk Yogurt. The first sheep dairy west of the Mississippi, Bellwether Farms was founded by Cindy Callahan in 1986 with a flock of sheep needed to control the grass on their Sonoma land. Each cheese and yogurt is still made on the farm by Liam and his crew. Passionate about supporting organizations that provide hunger relief or offer food-education to their communities, the family team established the nonprofit Bellwether Farms Foundation in 2016; pledging one percent of their sales to strengthen the food system and seek opportunities to invest in communities where their products are sold.

    Bellwether Farms offers a popular lineup of aged cheeses, such as Carmody, San Andreas, and Pepato. The creamery’s fresh and cultured products include top-selling Sheep Milk Yogurt, Organic Whole Milk Cow Yogurt, Crème Fraiche, Fromage Blanc, Crescenza, and of course, Whole Milk Basket Ricotta. Located on 35 acres in Sonoma County, Bellwether Farms is dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices, ethical animal husbandry, and crafting the highest quality dairy products possible.

  • Bellwether Farms’ Whole Milk Ricotta Wins Sixth ‘Good Food Award’

    San Francisco, CA, January 15, 2019 - Dedicated to producing premium sheep milk and cow milk products, Bellwether Farms’ Whole Milk Basket Ricotta earned the esteemed Good Food Award at the Good Food Foundation’s 2019 awards ceremony on Friday, January 11, 2019. An honor bestowed only to brands who craft products of superior taste and implement socially and environmentally responsible practices, this is the sixth Good Food Award earned by Bellwether Farms’ Whole Milk Basket Ricotta. Bellwether’s proprietor and cheesemaker, Liam Callahan, and his wife, Diana Callahan, were both present on Friday to accept the award.

    The distinguished flavor and texture of Bellwether Farms’ award-winning Whole Milk Basket Ricotta comes from the high-caliber ingredients and traditional techniques. Using fresh whole 100% Jersey cow milk that is delivered daily from a neighboring farm, the whole milk is first cultured and then slowly heated in the kettles; developing the unique flavor and superior texture. The cheese is then carefully hand-ladled into the draining baskets to protect the tender curds and ensure the quality of the product.

    Renowned for crafting award-winning sheep milk and cow milk cheeses and yogurts, Bellwether Farms is a family business founded by Cindy Callahan in 1986 with a flock of sheep needed to control the grass on their Sonoma land. The first sheep dairy west of the Mississippi was built in 1990. Each cheese and yogurt is still made on the farm by Liam and his crew, while all business administration is handled by Liam’s wife, Diana. Passionate about supporting organizations that provide hunger relief or offer food-education to their communities, the family team established the nonprofit Bellwether Farms Foundation in 2016; pledging one percent of their sales to strengthen the food system and seek opportunities to invest in communities where their products are sold.

    Bellwether Farms offers a popular lineup of aged cheeses, such as Carmody, San Andreas, and Pepato. The creamery’s fresh and cultured products include top-selling Sheep Milk Yogurt, Crème Fraiche, Fromage Blanc, Crescenza, and of course, Whole Milk Basket Ricotta. Located on 35 acres in Sonoma County, Bellwether Farms is dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices, ethical animal husbandry, and crafting the highest quality dairy products possible.