Toluma Farms, Tomales
160 ACRES MALT-PROTECTED SINCE 2010
Tamara Hicks and David Jablons met while living in San Francisco. The couple share a love of the outdoors and found themselves escaping, along with their daughters Josy and Emmy, to West Marin on weekends. They dreamed of buying farmland and learning to work the land and produce local food. In 2003 they purchased Toluma Farms and the first part of that dream came true. Ten years later they launched their own artisanal, farmstead cheese company, Tomales Farmstead Creamery, and brought the dream full circle.
The road to producing cheese was a long and arduous one, filled with many obstacles. But this professional couple, new to farming, persevered. Tamara is quick to credit many key players for being there at pivotal times to help: “We’ve been really blessed; so many people and organizations have helped us along the way.”
One helping hand has been MALT board member Sue Conley. She was instrumental in connecting them with the local agricultural community and telling them about MALT. Tamara and David worked with MALT to permanently protect Toluma Farms in 2010. A portion of the funds was used to expand and modernize the “old barn,” which now houses 200 goats. All the milk from the farm's goats and 100-plus East Friesian sheep goes into their cheeses, produced just steps away on the farm.
"MALT made it possible for a first time family farm such as ours to take root,” says Tamara. “Due to financial support through an easement, networking and a shared vision for the future of farming, MALT has been our invaluable partner in the sustainable artisan cheese movement in Marin County."
In addition to making cheese, Toluma Farms offers farm tours, cheese-making classes and other educational offerings. Tamara and David are committed to educating urban youth who might not otherwise have an opportunity to learn where their food comes from. You can visit Toluma Farms through one of their monthly tours, or one conducted by MALT as part of our popular Hikes, Tours & Tastings program.
HOW TO VIST TOLUMA FARMS
Toluma Farms hosts guided tours the first Sunday of each month. To purchase tickets please visit their website at www.tolumafarms.com
Tomales Farmstead Creamery cheeses are available for purchase at Bay Area farmers markets, grocery stores, cheese shops and restaurants. Visit their website for a complete list.
Photos and More
Toluma Farms hosted a sold-out crowd for MALT's 2014 For the Love of Cheese event. View photos »