Loleta Cheese Company
It's the cheese that counts at
Loleta Cheese Company. You'll find our
cheesemaking factory in the small town of Loleta,
a quaint dairy farming community just across the Eel
River from the Victorian Village of Ferndale, on the
North Coast of California in Humboldt County.
The North Coast of California is famous for its beautiful
coastline and giant Redwood trees, but its greatest secret
just may lie in the lush clover and tall grass pastures
of the Eel River Valley. The bountiful pastures of Humboldt
County play a very important role in the quality, flavor,
and natural goodness of our cheese. These pastures boast
many of the same characteristics of the finest cheese-producing
regions of Europe.
Bob and Carol Laffranchi founded Loleta Cheese
Company in 1982. The idea started with Bob
when he was teaching agriculture education at Eureka
High School. He began to lead his dairy class students
through the maze of cheesemaking, and the rest, as
they say, is history. more
about our history »
Cheese is made in small batches using traditional
recipes to ensure old-fashioned flavor. The small size
of our factory affords the flexibility to work at the
pace of the cheese, which is critical in the production
of premium cheese. Each vat of cheese is worked by
hand and carefully monitored by the cheese-maker to
bring out the natural quality found in our Pasture-Based
In 1995, Loleta Cheese
became the first cheese factory in California to make
organic cheese. Today we produce a variety
of 4 different flavorful organic cheeses.
The Loleta Cheese Factory has developed a very loyal following because of its varieties of flavored Cheddar and Jack cheeses. Favorites include Jalapeno Cheddar, Garlic Jalapeno Jack, Havarti with herbs and spice, Garden Jack, Hickory Smoked Jack, to name just a few.
Visitors to the Loleta Cheese Factory take
part in the fun with watching the actual process
of cheesemaking and sampling a little taste of all of our delectable cheeses.
As an added attraction, our colorful
gardens offer visitors a beautiful retreat while enjoying a relaxing picnic of cheese, and crackers, and tantalizing goodies from our store.
Browse through our ONLINE STORE
Did You Know?
California has 2,107 dairy farms with 1.7 million dairy cows that are supplying milk to 139 dairy plants in the state producing cheese, fluid milk, ice cream, butter and other dairy products.
- California Milk