Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company Arrives in Petaluma
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company is one of the nation’s most celebrated creameries, and now, the family-owned, artisan cheese producer has set up shop in Petaluma.
It’s the first time Point Reyes Farmstead has expanded since its founders, the Giacomini family, established their original dairy farm in Marin County in 1959. The new facility operates as a second creamery and aging warehouse as well as the company’s distribution center for its pasteurized cheeses including fresh mozzarella, Toma semi-hard, Bay Blue, and Gouda.
After nearly six decades, the company remains family owned, run by founder Bob Giacomini and his daughters, COO Lynn Giacomini-Stray, CFO Diana Giacomini-Hagan, and co-owner Jill Giacomin-Basch.
The new facility is a bit of a coming home, noted Giacomini.
“My grandfather, Tobias Giacomini, came from Italy to this country more than 100 years ago and raised seven children on his chicken farm, not far from our new location,” he said. “Expanding our company to Petaluma brings our family story full circle, back to where it all started.”
Besides history and nostalgia, the Petaluma location appealed because of its convenient location along the Highway 101 corridor, added Giacomini-Hagan. It takes over the former Morris Beverage Distributing building, and following extensive renovations, is slated to be in full operation by the end of the year.
Securing the company is a coup for Petaluma, as well. Point Reyes Farmstead cheeses have won numerous awards, including top honors from Good Food Awards, American Cheese Society, California State Fair, World Cheese Awards, and Specialty Food Association.
All the cheeses are crafted with rBST-free cows’ milk, sourced from cows roaming the Giacomini’s own pastures.
Details: 454 Payran St., Petaluma, pointreyescheese.com