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Marin Artisan Organic Cheese Tour


Bay Area Green Tours is very proud to announce our collaboration with The Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) by launching our flagship artisan cheese tour on

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Berkeley: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm

Larkspur: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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MALT is a non-profit that works to help preserve the 150 year old tradition of small family farms and natural resource treasures in West Marin.

You are invited on this uniquely crafted tour of the beautiful Marin county & south Sonoma:

~ Gain exciting insights into the craft of local cheese making
~ Visit goat, cow and sheep dairies surrounded by beautiful coastal agricultural countryside

~ Take in stunning views of Point Reyes, Tomales Bay, and beautiful spring time wildflowers
~ Taste local treasures and purchase cheese products directly from producers on site
~ Explore barns and milking parlors, glimpse cheese making facilities, & pet calves and baby goats
~ Engage in dialogue with cheesemakers & learn about the important work of The Marin Agricultural Land Trust

All farms use sustainable farming practices and sell their products to local markets and restaurants.

Cheese black lambs

Step aboard! Peruse the schedule below to learn more about this special upcoming tour in April 2011.

Marin Cheese Tour: From Field to Plate


The Farms


After Lunch

Registration Info

Participants can hop on the bus in Berkeley (9:00 am) or in Larkspur (10:00am).

BAGT Leaf Berkeley: Gathering at Gather
Gather Restaurant is designed to inspire the food world to new levels of sustainability. Gather serves seasonal food, carefully sourced and thoughtfully prepared to appeal equally to vegetarians and omnivores, as well as creative organic cocktails and biodynamic wines. The restaurant was created from beautiful reclaimed wood and natural materials. Gather sources from the cheese makers on this tour. We will return to Gather around 6:30 pm.

BAGT Leaf Larkspur: Meet at the Marin Country Mart
Marin Country Mart has attracted some of the finest West Coast retailers and hosts a farmers' market each Saturday from 9 am - 2 pm where you can purchase fresh locally and organically grown produce and artisan food. We will return to Marin Country Mart around 5:30 pm.

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in the buscow

The Farms and Farmers:

  • Toluma Farms Goat Dairy


    Toluma Farms has received Organic Certification and is the first and only Goat Dairy in Marin County certified as Animal Welfare Approved. We will enjoy a guided tour of the farm and barns, learn about sustainable goat dairy operations and get to know three different kinds of goats. Baby goats will have just arrived in February, and if we are lucky, we will be able to observe the milking process. Toluma Farms is in the process of starting their own creamery and currently supply Redwood Hill Farms of Sonoma County with their goat milk. Participants can purchase Redwood Hill Farms Cheese made from Toluma goat milk in the Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station.

  • Lafranchi Ranch and Nicasio Valley Cheese Company

    hooping cheese

    The Lafranchi Ranch is home to 400 cows, 75% of which produce organic milk. The Lafranchi family, three brothers and three sisters, founded the Nicasio Valley Cheese Company in 2010. They produce six different brands of cheese, all of them made from 100% organic farmstead cow's milk.

    We will take a guided tour of the ranch and see the cows, calves and organic cheese making at Nicasio Valley Cheese Company. We will enjoy a cheese tasting on site and then free time to explore the cheese as well as other other local treats (cheese crackers, jam, etc.) in their shop.

hooping cheese

Nicasio Farm

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Bring your own lunch
We will stop by a lovely picnic area where participants can enjoy their own lunch. 


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After Lunch

  • Barinaga Ranch
    Barinaga Ranch is an 800 acres organic sheep diary and creamery in Marshall, on the east shore of Tomales Bay. The creamery produces unique Basque style cheese, Baserri and Txiki, which is sold to the local Cowgirl Creamy in Point Reyes station. We will get a guided to tour explore the ranch. We will then learn about the sheep cheese making process and take in glimpse in the cheese making room. We will visit the newborn lambs and can observe the milking process. Barinaga Ranch lamb sausages can be purchased on site.


Please bring your lunch snack and water, and some cash if you would like to purchase cheese from the farmers. We recommend comfortable, closed shoes.


Berkeley: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm / Larkspur 10:00am - 5:30 pm

$85 per person
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Tour tickets are non-refundable, but can be transferred
We will depart rain or shine (We had a great time in the rain last October when we went to Capay Valley!).

flowers cheese shop
cheese goat

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