Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, Cambria

#4 of 36 in Things to do in Cambria
Nature / Wildlife Tour · Hidden Gem · Private Tour
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.

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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  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...  more »
  • What a cool place! It was great seeing how the cheese is made and tasting all the varieties. I ended up buying honey, that is great! Playing with the baby goats was so fun! If you have little (or big) kids, they will love this!
  • Amazing tour at this amazing place in one of the most beautiful locations ever. We got to play and cuddle with baby goats and taste delicious cheese and locally made honey. #yummyfun

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