Here's a handy resource, the Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail Map.
Seems like lately whenever people talk about local cheese they use the overworked term "artisan" or "artisanal" - which seems to mean $20-30 per pound.
I guess I am happy that producers have found people to pay those prices, so that they can earn a living through cheese, but I tend to go to the older places where the prices are better: Vella and Matos.
Marin French Cheese has recently been acquired by a French cheese company, Tians. They promise no changes in the press release:
but any time I hear improvements I figure that means higher prices. I wonder if there will still be bargains at the factory? Tians also owns Laura Chenel, our chevre company before we had so many. The best prices on Sonoma chevre (Presumably Laura Chenel) are, curiously, at Trader Joe's.
Now that we have an official map, I wonder if it will be as much fun to put together cheese tours for my out of town guests?