The Portuguese Community in the USA is embedded on both the East and West coastlines. One of the many examples is the Pedrozo family, a third generation of dairy farmers in California who have Portuguese roots in the Azorean Islands of Sao Jorge, and Flores. Their Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese farm produces Sacramento Valley California’s best Farmstead cheese made from 100% grass fed cow’s milk. The cheese is outstanding and I especially enjoyed the Black Butte Reserve which tastes similar to my favorite Portuguese Sao Jorge Cheese.
Their vision is to inspire a vision of premier, ecological, heritage farming through a sustainable, family-run grass-fed dairy and cheese operation. To achieve this vision, they produce high quality, traditional farmstead cheese, offer education, tours, they are a resource for the dairy industry and have a total commitment of respect for the cows and the land.
“In 1996 Tim Pedrozo, a third generation dairy farmer, and his wife Jill, bought a small herd of Holstein and Jersey Cows. Their hope was to allow their animals to graze outdoors on the variety of grasses that grew in their pastures. Over the next two years it became clear that sustaining a farm on fluid milk production was too great a burden. Packing up their family and herd of 50 cows, the Pedrozos bought a farm in the Sacramento Valley town of Orland and opened Pedrozo Dairy & Cheese Company.
Learning to make a old world style cheese from the former owner, they set out on their new endeavor. Throughout the years, the Pedrozos have developed their own style and their cheeses are true California originals. Their commitment to sustainable agriculture and responsible stewardship has remained as strong as ever. Their cows have year-round access to the outdoors and graze on natural grasses as long as the pastures are in bloom. The health of their cows and their natural diet come through in the robust flavors of their raw milk cheeses.” http://www.realfarmsteadcheese.com/
Pedrozo Dairy & Cheese Co
7713 County Road 24 Orland, CA 95963