Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, Nicasio

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At the age of 17, our grandfather, Fredolino Lafranchi immigrated to America from Maggia, Switzerland, with the dream to one day own and operate his own dairy. In 1919, that dream became reality when Fred and his wife Zelma Dolcini Lafranchi established the Lafranchi Dairy in the western Marin town of Nicasio, California.

Fred and Zelma raised their five children on this beautiful ranch. Their eldest son, Will, our father, continued in the family business, raising us, his 6 children here and living his entire 78 years on this very special land.

During his life, Will was able to visit his ancestral homeland a number of times, and developed a special bond with his numerous Swiss relatives. Will and his extended family enjoyed many wonderful meals together, which included a distinctive selection of cheeses handmade by local artisans.

The appreciation of these fabulous cheeses left him and us with a longing to enjoy these treats back home. Our family dairy afforded the perfect resource to pay homage to this part of our heritage. Establishing the Nicasio Valley Cheese Company in 2010 has given us the opportunity to bring to reality something our father had only dreamt of.

Swiss Master Cheesemaker, Maurizio Lorenzetti has mentored our family in the art of making the cheeses of Valle Maggia to ensure they are as magical here as they are in Switzerland.

Our entire Lafranchi family is extremely proud to share our Nicasio Valley Cheese with you! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
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  • I am so disappointed. After spending $55 on 4 pieces of cheese, a few cookies and granola I got home to find out that three out of the 4 cheeses were rotten. What a waste of $. Only the morning fog... 
    I am so disappointed. After spending $55 on 4 pieces of cheese, a few cookies and granola I got home to find out that three out of the 4 cheeses were rotten. What a waste of $. Only the morning fog...  more »
  • Beautiful drive out to Nicasio. The staff were helpful in suggesting cheeses and we bought several. All were delicious. Highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area - or if you are not in the.....  more
    Beautiful drive out to Nicasio. The staff were helpful in suggesting cheeses and we bought several. All were delicious. Highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area - or if you are not in the.....  more »
  • We bought the special of the day and were not disappointed. Thanks to the staffs recommendation we were very pleased 
    We bought the special of the day and were not disappointed. Thanks to the staffs recommendation we were very pleased  more »
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  • I am so disappointed. After spending $55 on 4 pieces of cheese, a few cookies and granola I got home to find out that three out of the 4 cheeses were rotten. What a waste of $. Only the morning fog cheese was good. The others were slimy and exceptionally strong smelling when I opened the package. I generally like strong bold flavored cheese such as Stilton, but these had gone bad.
  • We stopped in be for the New Year, we came away with Foggy Morning Cheese and so much more. You really cant go wrong in this store. Make sure to add this stop to road-trip. And locals, get a move on… day a day trip to west Marin, it’s full of hidden treasures!
  • charming store. We purchased eggs because we saw the happy chickens along the road. The issue we had was that we felt like getting info about the cheese was a bit like pulling teeth. Plus we learned that 2 for a price was only if you purchased 2 of the same and that was not clear at ALL. So enjoy the store, enjoy the wonderful products, but make sure that you check your receipt. Retail is tough. Building lifetime customers means having a good day every day. We will be back, but this time with a little bit more caution.
  • The cheese shop has lots of different varieties that you can't always find at local stores and markets. Ask them for any of the new cheeses they are working on and they will give you a sample. You can also pick up fixings for a picnic like crackers and jams (but there really isn't seating so you will need to take your picnic somewhere else).
  • Cute shop! Excellent, unique selection at very reasonable prices. The only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is that the shop is very small and only allows two people in at a time, which resulted in ~20 minutes of wait time at the door.

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