The Starter Course Cheese Collection

Sue Conley and Peggy Smith founded Cowgirl Creamery in the early 1990s, with the mission to help West Marin’s farms and dairies get their delicious products into the hands of the finest local chefs. Nearly 30 years later, Cowgirl Creamery is an icon in the industry. In 2010, Sue and Peggy were inducted into the prestigious Guilde des Fromagers. They have both also received James Beard Awards for "significant and lasting achievements and contributions to the food and beverage industry for ten or more years.

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Mt. Tam
Cowgirl Creamery • Petaluma, CA
As a respectful nod to the majestic beauty of Mt Tamalpais, located a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, Cowgirl Creamery named its signature cheese Mt Tam. Creamy and elegant, Mt Tam coats your tongue with a rich, buttery flavor that carries an earthy hint of white mushrooms. The triple-cream Mt Tam is made from unblended, organic, single-herd milk from Straus Family Creamery.

Humboldt Fog Mini
Cypress Grove • Arcata, CA
Buttermilk – Citrus – Slate
A stunning ash-ripened goat cheese from our sister company on California’s North Coast. Pasteurized Goat’s Milk

Estero Gold Reserve
Valley Ford Cheese Company • Valley Ford, CA
Roasted Garlic – Juicy Pineapple – Grass
Farmstead, Italian-inspired cheese extra-aged for 18 months and loaded with crystals. Raw Cow’s Milk

Bellwether Farms • Petaluma, CA
Cracked Pepper – Green Olive – Fresh Pasture
California-style Pecorino studded with peppercorns. Raw Sheep’s Milk

Prosciutto Americano
La Quercia Cured Meats • Norwalk, IA

Smoked Spanish Piménton Almonds
Clif Family • St Helena, CA

Fabrique Délices • Hayward, CA

Raspberry Rose Jam
Quince & Apple Preserves • Madison, WI

Cherry & Pistachio Crisps
Rustic Bakery • Petaluma, CA

Cowgirl Crackers
Rustic Bakery • Petaluma, CA

More Details

This package includes 4 of Cowgirl Creamery’s Signature Cheeses plus Charcuterie!

  • 8 oz. Mt. Tam – Cowgirl Creamery’s signature cheese that coats your tongue with a rich, buttery flavor that carries an earthy hint of white mushrooms
  • 16 oz. Humboldt Fog Mini – Buttermilk – Citrus – Slate, A stunning ash-ripened goat cheese from our sister company on California’s North Coast. Pasteurized Goat’s Milk
  • 8 oz. WM Cofield McKinley Cheddar – Pineapple – Toasted Hay – Roasted Nuts, Our friend Keith makes this English-style, clothbound cheddar in Sonoma County. Aged over 12 months.
  • 4 oz. Shooting Star Sagittarius – – Salted Caramel – Cream – Buttered Popcorn, ​Inspired by the stars, teenage cheesemaker Avery Jones, creates her newest Gouda-style cheese made from local sheep and cow’s milk.
  • 2 oz. Prosciutto Americano
  • 4 oz. Smoked Spanish Pimenton Almonds
  • 11 oz. Cornichons
  • 6 oz. Raspberry Rose Jam
  • 5 oz. Cherry Pistachio Crisps
  • 6 oz. Cowgirl Crackers


  • Mt. Tam – Organic Pasteurized Cow’s Milk, Organic Pasteurized Cream, Salt, Cultures, Enzymes.
  • Humboldt Fog – Pasteurized Cultured Goat Milk, Salt, Enzymes, Vegetable Ash.
  • Estero Gold Reserve – Raw Milk, Starter Culture, Rennet, Salt.
  • Pepato – Cultured Sheep Milk, Peppercorns, Salt, Enzymes.
  • * Prosciutto Americano* – Berkshire Pork, Sea Salt.
  • Smoked Almonds – Organic Almonds, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Brown Sugar, Organic Paprika, Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Cumin, Salt, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Cayenne Peppercitri Acid.
  • Shooting Star Sagittarius – Cow’s milk, Sheep’s milk, Salt, Cheese Cultures, Vegetarian Enzymes
  • Cofield McKinley Cheddar – Raw, Organic milk, salt, cultures and traditional rennet.
  • Cornichons – Gherkins, Water, Vinegar, Salt, Pearl Onions, Spices, Yellow Mustard Seeds, Brown Mustard Seeds, Calcium Chloride, Dehydrated Tarragon Leaves.
  • Raspberry Rose Jam – Raspberries, Cane Sugar, Lemon Juice, Water, Pectin, Rose Oil.
  • Cherry Pistachio Crisps – Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour, Cane Sugar, Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds, Cacao Nibs, Dried Cranberries, Sesame Seeds, Buttermilk, Baking Powder, Dried Cherries, Canola Oil, Sea Salt.
  • Cowgirl Crackers – Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour, Organic Sourdough Starter, Organic Cane Sugar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Sel Gris.

Contains: Pork, Dairy, & Gluten

Instructions / Storage

  • Cheeses ship with gel packs, gel packs may thaw in transit
  • Expect cheese to arrive at room temperature
  • Upon arrival please refrigerate
  • Cheese is stable at room temperature, however, it is best stored in the refrigerator
  • For optimum enjoyment, please enjoy your cheese within 1-2 weeks. Soft cheeses should be enjoyed sooner

To Serve

  • Remove your cheese from the refrigerator at least an hour before serving, unwrap it, and place it on a cheese board or butcher paper
  • Cover with an inverted bowl. This allows the cheese to breathe and protect it while it comes to room temperature.

There is Mold on My Cheese!

  • Traditional cheeses are often made with natural rinds that display a variety of colorful molds and bumpy textures. These rinds protect the cheese as it ages while contributing to its unique flavor profile
  • Bacteria and mold are essential components of cheese. When cut and wrapped, molds and surface oils can develop on the face of the cheese. Simply scrape the surface with a knife to remove before serving.
Download Storage and Prep Instructions

Shipping Details

  • Cowgirl Creamery ships Monday – Wednesday of each week
  • Orders cannot be shipped to P.O. Boxes
  • Orders shipped to Alaska and Hawaii via 2-day will incur an additional $20 charge or $35 for Overnight Shipping. Sorry guys!
  • Have more questions about Shipping? Read our Shipping FAQ page.

Corporate Gift Orders

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Ordered 3 cheeses that were delicious as a gift. arrived on schedule.
Susan S. - Palm Beach, FL
Ordered this as a birthday gift for my sister. I loved the selection that was offered and it was delivered on the promised day with no issues.
Eileen K. - Fenwick Island, DE
Sent out on time and the family loves the cheese!
Dave D. - Wayland, MA
I sent the cheese to my niece. She said they were delicious.
Hillary S. - Cascade, CO
Swift and on time delivery. Great wrapping and presentation. Excellent thank you! was even able to track journey!
Gordon G. - East Hampton, NY
Shipping, packaging and product were all spot on!
Kelly N. - Ward, CO
This is so amazing. There are so many restaurants and stores on here that have extreme meaning to my family and remind us of my passed father so this was such a beautiful gift to be able to take us back to these moments. All from family trips that we can’t just go back to every day. This makes it so much easier to feel connected to these places again. Thank you so much for this.
Emily B. - Anaheim, CA
My son loved the selection of cheeses from cowgirl creamery. I’ve ordered several times from Gold Valley and have been very happy with each delivery.
Jeremy Y. - Kensington, MD