Friday, January 30, 2009
As I mentioned on Wednesday in the write up about the oyster journey, I found another local food product in case the oyster story didn't work out. Point Reyes Station was on the way home, and Tomales Bay Foods is a lovely spot to find more local deliciousness. Cowgirl Creamery made a home in this renovated barn in 1997 and there is a glassed in area where you can watch cheese being made.
There are lots of cheeses and accompaniments to buy, as well as sample towards the middle of the barn. I spied some creme fraiche, which brought me back to my student days in Paris where I first discovered this treat. I lived in a five story walk up pension where dinner was served on the top floor every evening. We were often served fresh berries with a cylindrical foil package of creme fraiche in a smaller bowl next to it, and a big pot of sugar for the table.
The creme fraiche in France I recall as being very thick. So I was rather surprised to find the Cowgirl Creamery version to be runny. However the taste was there and it still made a great strawberry topping, mixed with a bit of sugar. Marin is quite famous for its local dairies, and this cheese is very local despite its French twist.