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Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, Nicasio

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At the age of 17, our grandfather, Fredolino Lafranchi immigrated to America from Maggia, Switzerland, with the dream to one day own and operate his own dairy. In 1919, that dream became reality when Fred and his wife Zelma Dolcini Lafranchi established the Lafranchi Dairy in the western Marin town of Nicasio, California.

Fred and Zelma raised their five children on this beautiful ranch. Their eldest son, Will, our father, continued in the family business, raising us, his 6 children here and living his entire 78 years on this very special land.

During his life, Will was able to visit his ancestral homeland a number of times, and developed a special bond with his numerous Swiss relatives. Will and his extended family enjoyed many wonderful meals together, which included a distinctive selection of cheeses handmade by local artisans.

The appreciation of these fabulous cheeses left him and us with a longing to enjoy these treats back home. Our family dairy afforded the perfect resource to pay homage to this part of our heritage. Establishing the Nicasio Valley Cheese Company in 2010 has given us the opportunity to bring to reality something our father had only dreamt of.

Swiss Master Cheesemaker, Maurizio Lorenzetti has mentored our family in the art of making the cheeses of Valle Maggia to ensure they are as magical here as they are in Switzerland.

Our entire Lafranchi family is extremely proud to share our Nicasio Valley Cheese with you! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
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  • I am so disappointed. After spending $55 on 4 pieces of cheese, a few cookies and granola I got home to find out that three out of the 4 cheeses were rotten. What a waste of $. Only the morning fog... 
    I am so disappointed. After spending $55 on 4 pieces of cheese, a few cookies and granola I got home to find out that three out of the 4 cheeses were rotten. What a waste of $. Only the morning fog...  more »
  • Beautiful drive out to Nicasio. The staff were helpful in suggesting cheeses and we bought several. All were delicious. Highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area - or if you are not in the.....  more
    Beautiful drive out to Nicasio. The staff were helpful in suggesting cheeses and we bought several. All were delicious. Highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area - or if you are not in the.....  more »
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  • We stopped in be for the New Year, we came away with Foggy Morning Cheese and so much more. You really cant go wrong in this store. Make sure to add this stop to road-trip. And locals, get a move on… day a day trip to west Marin, it’s full of hidden treasures!
  • People from all over pop into this tiny little cheese shop. You can taste a variety of cheeses and some jams/chutneys. We loved the Nicasio Reserve. Also picked up some lavender sugar and other snacks. We also thought the bri-style was yummy.

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