Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, Cambria

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Stepladder Ranch was founded in 1871 and has been family-owned and operated for three generations. In addition to our farmstead creamery, we raise old spot heritage pigs for pork and grow Haas avocados, a wide variety of citrus and rare subtropical fruits. Our creamery is simply an old idea reimagined. About 100 years ago, our ranch was a part of the Harmony Valley Creamery Association, a network of immigrant Swiss and Italian dairy farmers that grazed cattle on the lush coastal valleys of San Luis Obispo County. This Association was born out of a drought that forced ranchers to rethink how to make a living off of their land; a concept quite similar to the current situation we find ourselves in today.

Head Dairyman and Cheesemaker, Jack first discovered his love for goats after visiting a goat dairy in Northern California with his sister. Shortly thereafter, he began procuring fresh goat milk and making his own cheeses at home while working at a tech startup in Palo Alto. Quickly finding himself drawn to cheesemaking more than anything else, Jack decided to purchase his own goats and move to Stepladder Ranch to take over his grandfather’s ranch operations and build a creamery and dairy. Jack’s connection to his goats is greatly apparent, and the cheese he makes is a result of the strong relationship and bond he has built with his herd today.

To learn more about our creamery, purchase our cheese, or inquire about a creamery tour, visit www.stepladdercreamery.com.

All tours are booked online at: https://stepladdercreamery.tocktix.com/
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  • superb cheese of all kinds. GREAT place to visit on a farm that is really well done and fun. Highly recommend 
    superb cheese of all kinds. GREAT place to visit on a farm that is really well done and fun. Highly recommend  more »
  • A quick note to say the visit my wife and I had at Stepladder was outstanding. Their website was clear and user friendly. The directions to the ranch were easily understood. The tour showed a... 
    A quick note to say the visit my wife and I had at Stepladder was outstanding. Their website was clear and user friendly. The directions to the ranch were easily understood. The tour showed a...  more »
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  • Went to the Clement Street farmers market in San Francisco, I came across the Stepladder's booth, I'll be honest, I never heard of them before. But I'm always on the look out for good sausages. Be warn they are not cheap, for $15 dollars you get about three sausages, so for me - it will DEFINITELY have to be a treat - but my goodness the cheddar and jalepeno sausages were really tasty. It had a nice kick to it. I also learnt they only feed their pigs avocados and cheese curds. Which I found fascinating. If you're looking for a treat, support these local farmers. They have other ranges of sausages too. if you got on their website and punch in your zip code, hopefully you will be able to find a local grocery shop or farmers market near you!
  • Highly recommend stepladder ranch and creamery for their baby goats. We got a buckling here and he is absolutely the sweetest little guy we could have ever imagined. Since they bottle feed their babies, they are very friendly and great with kids! They take excellent care of all their goats. We will absolutely be buying more in the future.

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