Bellwether Farms

American Made Since 1986

Liam Callahan & Cindy Callahan

Petaluma, California
Bellwether Farms makes cheese, yogurt and creme fraiche in Sonoma County, California. We feel traditional methods make a more delicious product.

Tell us about your business.

In 1986 Bellwether Farms was born when Cindy Callahan bought sheep to mow her pasture grasses. That innocent act triggered events that placed her family at the forefront of an American revival in artisan dairy. It also tapped into the best in each of us, resulting in work that feels more like a creative process than labor. In 1990 we were among the first in the US to milk a sheep. In the mid 90's we began producing cow's milk cheeses with the rich milk of our neighbor's Jersey cows. Today we continue to make award-winning cheeses, yogurt and creme fraiche on our Sonoma County, CA farm. We still find this work both challenging and satisfying and hope to continue spreading the word about our hand made products and artisan dairy in general for many years.

What makes your business stand out?

Bellwether Farms was among the first in the US to milk sheep and we continue to win awards for our products almost 25 years later. Liam and Cindy, the founders of the company, continue to lead production at the vat of everything we make.

What's the best business advice you've received?

This may sound silly, but my driving instructor said something to me back in high school that I have never forgotten. He said, "Keep you eyes focused on where you want to go. Don't be distracted by the things off to the side -- if you look at them you will be pulled towards them". While he was merely trying to keep me between the lines on the road this advice has often helped me deal with the day to day stress of running a business.

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