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  • Bellwether Farms wins Three Medals from the American Cheese Society 2022 Judging & Competition Awards

    Petaluma, Calif. August 16, 2022Bellwether Farms, a Sonoma-based family creamery, announces today it has won several awards from the American Cheese Society in its annual Judging & Competition Awards. The new Fresh Sheep Cheese Log — Original earned a Gold Medal in the fresh rindless sheep’s milk cheese aged 0 to 30 days category, and the Fresh Sheep Cheese Log — Sonoma Herb earned a Gold Medal in the sheep cheese with flavor added, 100% sheep’s milk category. Bellwether Farms’ Plain Sheep Milk Yogurt took a Silver Medal in the yogurts plain with no additional ingredients, made from sheep milks category. Bellwether Farms’ products were recognized by ACS's judges for excellence amongst 1,387 products from 196 entering companies.

    “We’re especially happy to be recognized for our newest product, the Fresh Sheep Cheese Logs,” says Liam Callahan, owner of Bellwether Farms. “To win two Gold Medals with such fierce competition is truly an honor. We’re also really proud of our Silver Medal for our Sheep Milk Yogurt, a product that has really taken off for us in the last year or so. We know we have something special here at Bellwether Farms but to get recognition from the American Cheese Society is very rewarding and worth celebrating.”

    Whole sheep milk, sourced from a small network of local sheep dairies, is the key to Bellwether Farms' superior taste, texture and nutritional value for its Fresh Sheep Cheese Logs and Sheep Milk Yogurt. With year-round access to open space, these sheep 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 prefer sheep milk products since they may find them gentler on digestion than cow's milk cheese or yogurt.

    For more information, please visit 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’ A2 Organic Cow Yogurt Selected as Winner in Good Housekeeping’s 2022 Healthy Snack Awards

    Renowned Team of Testers Chooses Bellwether Farms Two Years in a Row

    Petaluma, Calif. June 30, 2022 – Bellwether Farms , a family-owned creamery based in Sonoma County, is honored to announce that its A2 Organic Cow Yogurt has won a spot in the Good Housekeeping 2022 Healthy Snack Awards in the Unique Yogurts category. Bellwether Farms’ A2 Organic Whole Milk Yogurt is made with milk from healthy, grass-fed Jersey cows — the creamiest, most delicious cow milk available. These cows naturally produce milk containing only A2 protein, which is easier for many people to digest. The A2 organic, full-fat yogurt has a sweet-tart taste and lush, creamy texture. In using the highest quality milk from Jersey cows, the yogurt is richer and creamier, without straining, adding thickeners, or cream.

    “Good Housekeeping is extremely reputable in the healthy-eating realm, so to be recognized as a winner two years in a row is a huge honor,” says Liam Callahan, owner of Bellwether Farms. “Our emphasis has always been on creating the highest quality products with a unique, delicious taste, and it shows in our A2 Organic Cow Yogurt. Not only does our yogurt boast amazing flavor, it also stands out because of its nutritional and dietary benefits from the A2 protein. Making it on this esteemed list of snacks will certainly encourage people to add this to their shopping cart on their next trip to the grocery store.”

    Bellwether Farms A2 Organic Cow Yogurt is available in grocery stores nationwide and on Instacart. For more information, please visit BellwetherFarms.com.

    Press Contact:

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

     

  • Bellwether Farms to Showcase Line of Sheep and Cow Milk Yogurts at Natural Products Expo West 2022

    The family creamery brings delicious sheep and cow milk yogurt products to Anaheim

    PETALUMA, Calif.March 1, 2022 -- Bellwether Farms, a family-owned creamery based in Sonoma County, announces today it will be featuring its popular sheep and cow yogurts at the upcoming Natural Products Expo West in the Anaheim Convention Center. Samples will be available Wednesday, March 9 to Saturday, March 11 in Hall E, booth#4919.

    "Natural Products Expo West is not just a wonderful opportunity for others to try our yogurt," says Liam Callahan, owner of Bellwether Farms, "but it's also the perfect occasion for us to connect with the community, celebrating the dedication that goes into being part of the industry and fostering important relationships. We're delighted to be a part of the in-person event this year."

    Bellwether Farms' full-fat Sheep Milk Yogurt is probiotic and contains active, beneficial cultures. Made with whole sheep milk, the yogurt is packed with A2 protein, which makes it more easily digestible for many people who cannot typically tolerate cow milk. Free of antibiotics and growth hormones, the Sheep Milk Yogurt has a naturally thick, creamy texture, a clean, refreshing taste and comes in four varieties: Plain, Vanilla, Strawberry, and Blackberry.

    Bellwether Farms' A2 Organic Whole Milk Yogurt is made with milk from healthy, grass-fed Jersey cows — which provide the creamiest, most delicious cow milk available. These cows naturally produce milk containing only A2 protein. Bellwether Farms' A2 organic, full-fat yogurt has a sweet yet tart taste and lush creamy texture. The yogurt is available in six flavors: Plain, Vanilla, Strawberry, Spiced Apple, Blueberry, and Blackberry.

    This year, the Natural Products Expo West organizers foresee a strong turnout from industry leaders and retailers. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to discover natural and organic industry trends, reconnect with partners, and showcase their contributions to the $300 billion market. For more information, please visit BellwetherFarms.com.

     

  • Bellwether Farms to Showcase Line of Sheep Milk and Cow Milk Products at Winter Fancy Food Show 2022

    January 25, 2022Bellwether Farms, a Sonoma-based family creamery, announces today it will be sampling new Fresh Sheep Cheese Logs, Whole Milk Basket Ricotta, and Crème Fraîche at the upcoming Winter Fancy Food Show from February 6 through February 8. This year, the Specialty Food Association’s trade show brings together food brands in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center after a two-year hiatus.

    Fancy Food Show attendees will have the opportunity to try Bellwether Farms’ award-winning, French-style, cultured Crème Fraîche, which has a rich, nutty flavor with an appealing tart finish. Unlike sour cream, it won’t curdle in sauces or soups and brings complex richness to the simplest recipes. In its original draining basket, Bellwether Farms’ unique Whole Milk Basket Ricotta is known for its pillowy texture and will also be available to taste at the show. Whole sheep milk, sourced from a small network of local sheep dairies, is the key to the Bellwether Farms’ Fresh Sheep Cheese Logs’ exceptionally creamy texture, the perfect addition to any cheeseboard or fresh baguette.

    “We’re thrilled to finally be able to gather in person again and connect with retailers and other cheese producers,” says Liam Callahan, owner of Bellwether Farms. “This industry really does have its own sense of community, and we love being a part of the show and getting real-time feedback with our product sampling.”

    Bellwether Farms will be sampling at the Winter Fancy Food Show from Sunday, February 6 to Tuesday, February 8 at booth #2647 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, please visit BellwetherFarms.com.

     

    Press Contact:

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

  • Bellwether Farms Partners with Hungryroot to Deliver Whole Milk Basket Ricotta Nationwide

    Petaluma, Calif. January 20, 2022Bellwether Farms, a Sonoma-based family creamery, today announces its nationwide partnership with grocery delivery company Hungryroot. After a successful test limited to the West Coast, this newly expanded collaboration brings Bellwether Farms’ uniquely delicious Whole Milk Basket Ricotta to front doors and kitchens across the country.

    Hungryroot is a personalized grocery and delivery service company that curates a consumer experience keeping the modern lifestyle in mind. The Hungryroot platform proudly only offers nutritious foods made from whole, trusted ingredients, and Bellwether Farms’ products are a great fit. Sold in its original draining basket, Bellwether Farms’ delicious Whole Milk Basket Ricotta is known for its pillowy texture and rich flavor and only uses the finest quality milk from healthy, happy Jersey cows.

    “The way people order their groceries has changed dramatically over the last couple of years and Bellwether Farms is honored to team up with a respected leader in the category,” says Liam Callahan, owner of Bellwether Farms. “Our busy family especially understands the benefits of a convenient service like Hungryroot, and we’re eager to offer more folks across the country our special and versatile Whole Milk Basket Ricotta.”

    Whole Milk Basket Ricotta is available nationwide via the Hungryroot platform at this link: Hungryroot.com/products/whole-milk-ricotta. For more information, please visit BellwetherFarms.com.

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

  • Bellwether Farms’ Crème Fraîche Now Available at Costco Across California and Hawaii

    Family Creamery Expands Availability of Award-Winning Crème Fraîche for the holidays.

    Petaluma, Calif. October 26, 2021 – Bellwether Farms, a Sonoma-based family creamery, announces today that its best-selling Crème Fraîche has increased availability in Costco across California and Hawaii for the holidays. The expanded partnership offers the popular product in a Costco-exclusive tub size of 16 ounces.

    The award-winning, French-style cultured cream is truly a ‘chef’s secret ingredient’ and is the perfect way to elevate any dish. Its rich, nutty, and slightly tart flavor enhances sweet or savory dishes, and is perfect dolloped on fruit or stirred into soups and sauces. With the Costco-exclusive 16-ounce size, chefs and at-home cooks will be well supplied to produce all their family’s favorite holiday treats.

    “Additional Costco locations for the holidays is a huge win for us and our customers,” says Liam Callahan, owner of Bellwether Farms. “This time of year, there is a high demand for a larger size of the Crème Fraîche. With the holiday season approaching and the need to entertain, it’s the perfect finishing touch for shareable appetizers like smoked salmon or caviar. We’re thrilled to be meeting our customers’ needs with this expanded partnership.”

    As with all Bellwether Farms products, the Crème Fraîche is made in small batches using traditional methods. To learn more about Bellwether Farms’ Crème Fraîche and for a store locator, please visit 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 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 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.

  • 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 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’ Blackberry Sheep Milk Yogurt Selected as Winner in Good Housekeeping’s 2021 Healthy Snack Awards

    Awarded the Trusted Seal in the Smooth & Creamy Hits Category

    PETALUMA, Calif.Aug. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Bellwether Farms is honored to announce that its Blackberry Sheep Milk Yogurt has won a spot in the coveted Good Housekeeping 2021 Healthy Snack Awards under the Smooth & Creamy Hits category.

    As with all of Bellwether Farm's Sheep Milk Yogurts, the Blackberry Sheep Milk Yogurt is made with whole sheep milk, is probiotic, contains active/beneficial cultures, and is packed with A2 protein, making it better for people who don't tolerate cow milk. The naturally homogenized sheep's milk also has more calcium, protein, and better-for-you fats, resulting in a thicker consistency. Thanks to fruit selected from the Oregon Columbia River area, the Blackberry Yogurt has a touch of natural sweetness and serves as a healthy and delicious anytime snack.

    "Our Sheep's Milk Yogurt is unlike anything else in the dairy aisle today," says Liam Callahan, owner of Bellwether Farms. "This recognition from Good Housekeeping adds another element of assurance for consumers that Bellwether Farms is dedicated to making products with the highest quality ingredients, nutritional value, and flavor."

    Bellwether Farms' Blackberry Sheep Milk Yogurt is available at grocery stores nationwide for $2.99 per 6 oz. package. To learn more, please visit 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 InstagramFacebook and Twitter#WholeIsBetter

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  • 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

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