Garden Variety Cheese
1481 San Miguel Canyon Rd.
Royal Oaks CA 95076
Owner and Cheesemaker: Rebecca King
Cheeses: Beau’s Blend, Black-Eyed Susan, Cosmos, Hollyhock, Moonflower, Sheep Milk Yogurt
Famer’s Markets: Downtown Santa Cruz–Wednesdays 1:30-6:30, Palo Alto–Saturdays 8:00 to 12:00, Aptos–Saturdays 8:00-12:00, Mt. View–Sundays 9:00 to 1:00, Campbell–Sundays 9:00 to 1:00, Temescal–Sundays 9:00 to 1:00
Retail: New Leaf Community Markets–multiple locations, Staff of Life–Santa Cruz, Star Market–Salinas, 24th Street Cheese–San Francisco, Rainbow Grocery–San Francisco, Mission Cheese–San Francisco, Little Vine–San Francisco, Salumeria–San Francisco, Sacred Wheel–Oakland, The Cheese Shop–Healdsburg
Visitors Welcome: Yes
At their annual open house only.
Garden Variety Cheese is a small farmstead cheese business based out of Northern Monterey County on 40 acre Monkeyflower Ranch. We began commercial milking and cheese production in March 2009.
Our sheep produce lovely, rich sweet milk that makes fabulous cheese. To ensure the health and well-being of the animals and the high quality of the milk and cheese from Garden Variety Cheese, the 100 milking ewes here at Monkeyflower Ranch are fed on organically raised, irrigated pasture and organic brewer’s grain from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing.
Each ewe is named after a garden flower and treated with love and respect. Our dairy sheep only produce milk from January to June every year, and spend the dry season pregnant, fattening up for the milking season.
Our sheep milk cheeses are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers.