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.