Friday, January 30, 2009

Another local food product

Tomales Bay Foods

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.

Cowgirl Creamery

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.

Cowgirl Creamery Creme Fraiche

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.

1 comment:

Catherine said...

I love their Mt. Tam cheese! I must get out there one of these sunny days!

Thanks for sharing!