Coronavirus hits Bay Area’s artisan cheese industry hard

April 15, 2020

Bay Area artisan cheese makers are making tough decisions right now. Some are laying off staff. Others are switching up the cheeses they produce, hoping to wait out the coronavirus in the aging room. That’s because just about all of California’s boutique cheese makers have seen their sales drop since state and local shelter-in-place orders went into effect, forcing restaurants to close their dining rooms and suspend their typical cheese orders.