10 August 2015
'Rumiano' is California's oldest family-owned cheese company
Sitting in a small coastal town near Pacific Coast Highway 101 is Rumiano Cheese Company, the oldest family-owned cheese company in California. It has been "hand rolling" artisan cheese for four generations.
"The success Rumiano Cheese Company has acquired over nearly 90 years can be credited to two important factors," according to third generation owners Baird and John Rumiano--"a talented and hard-working staff" and "a high-quality supply of milk."
|Production area behind glass wall. (Julianne G. Crane)|
Rumiano’s cheese production takes place in Crescent City, located roughly 10 miles from the Oregon border in northern California.
The production facility also houses a small retail shop, showroom and a view of the production area through a glass wall.
In 2011, they launched their Rumiano Family Organic line, which is the first cheese in the U.S. market to receive Non-GMO Project Verification.
This is the "most wholesome cheese in the world," says John Rumiano. The organic cheese can be found in select Whole Food Markets and natural food stores nationwide.
|Rumiano Cheese Co. retail shop and showroom. (Julianne G. Crane)|
The company receives its milk supply from independent third, fourth and fifth generation dairy farms all from within a 90-mile radius. The area’s mild climate and abundant rainfall stimulates feed growth and allows for year-round grazing. All of the milk used by Rumiano's is free of artificial hormones (rBST) and the cows are grass-fed, according to the website.
"At Rumiano Cheese we focus on what is good for the earth, and its inhabitants. Sustainability not only saves on costs but benefits our community and world."
“We have some of the finest milk in the nation here,” Baird Rumiano says. “It all comes down to good people, good ingredients and good products.”
|Rumiano cheeses. (Julianne G. Crane)|