Stepladder Ranch was founded in 1871 and has been family-owned and operated for three generations. In addition to our farmstead creamery, we raise old spot heritage pigs for pork and grow Hass avocados, a wide variety of citrus and rare subtropical fruits. Our creamery is simply an old idea reimagined. About 100 years ago, our ranch was a part of the Harmony Valley Creamery Association, a network of immigrant Swiss and Italian dairy farmers that grazed cattle on the lush coastal valleys of San Luis Obispo County. This Association was born out of a drought that forced ranchers to rethink how to make a living off of their land; a concept quite similar to the current situation we find ourselves in today.
Cheesemaker: Jack Rudolph
Rioly Run: Rioly Run is a washed-rind cow’s milk cheese that expresses all of the fruit and funk of the beer it is washed in.
Rocky Butte: Rocky Butte is a washed curd cheese aged at least four months made from 100% farmstead goat milk.
Chèvre: Our delicious, mild and creamy fresh Chèvre is the ultimate representation of spring cheesemaking.
Ragged Point: Is a small format bloomy rind triple cream cow’s milk cheese
Cambria Clothbound: A medium format natural-rind bandaged cow’s milk cheddar with a crumbly but creamy texture.
Cabrillo: A Spanish style cheese created from a blend of goat’s and cow’s milk named for the iconic HW1 that runs along the rugged California coastline minutes from our farmstead.