Pastoral takes pride in carrying an array of various types of cheese to serve your gourmet needs. Whether it’s pillowy goat cheese, salty Manchego cheese or crumbly Cabot cheese wrapped in cloth, our carefully chosen selections showcase the bounty of artisans who produce hand-crafted types of cheese from around the world. Rustic and traditional French and Italian cheeses may garner the most love, and rightly so, but here at Pastoral we also believe in a sourcing a wide variety of sustainably produced local cheeses from right here in the USA.
$9.99**Festival Feature!** Stylistically this is a semi-firm Italian cow’s milk cheese traditionally made in the Aosta Valley & Piedmont regions, and closely related to the French Tomme. The origins of the name “toma” (and its derivation in the french “tomme”) are unknown. Some speculate that it comes from the word tomé, which means “fall” in the regional dialect. When curds separate from the whey, they fall to the bottom of the vat, thus giving credence to the name. This particular toma is the work of Bob Giacomini and his family at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. in Northern California. The milk comes from their own herd of Holstein cows, which graze on organic, pastured hills overlooking Tomales Bay on the Pacific shore. This cheese is at once buttery and grassy with a tangy finish. Learn More
$10.99**Festival Feature!** You can taste the salty ocean breeze in this American treasure made on a beautiful farm overlooking the Pacific. A collaboration of master cheesemaker Monte McIntyre and perhaps the world's most contented cows. Located in one of the country’s epicenters for natural, artisan food, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company utilizes their certified organic, San Francisco Bay area land as a pasture on which their cows graze. The raw milk is gathered each morning and turned into their original blue cheese within hours. The aging process, however, takes six months, with the initial three weeks dedicated to hand-salting, turning, and piercing the wheels. The result is a creamy, mild, yet full-flavored blue that’s easy to enjoy by itself or included in your own American Artisan recipe. Learn More