Big Sur

Big Sur is a small format bloomy rind, ash coated, triple crème made with a blend of goat's and cow's milk. It's named for the iconic coastline where we are located. The paste is smooth, lactic, light, and stays firm as the cheese matures. 

Ingredients:

  • Blend of goat’s & cow’s Milk
  • Animal rennet
  • Vegetable ash coating on rind (tasteless, adds visual distinction from Ragged Point)
  • Note: triple crème rinds contain Penicillium candidum

    Tasting Notes:

    • Smooth and creamy texture
    • Tangy, lactic and earthy flavors

        Serving Suggestions:

        • Slice into pie-shaped wedges or slices for spreading on bread or crackers
        • It's also good baked in pastry dough or added to a burger
        • We suggest eating the fungal rind with the inside paste; some prefer to only eat the inside but both parts of different flavors that go better together
        • The tanginess from the cheese pairs nicely with lighter/refreshing wines and crisp beers
        • Fun Fact: This is Jack's dad's favorite cheese
        • For storage, re-wrap tightly in its original packaging in the fridge

          Availability:

          • Seasonal; Spring-Fall
          • ~3.5 oz size
            Big Sur
            $11.00 USD

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            All Natural Practices

            We want you to know where your food comes from and that it is 100% healthy.

            Sustainable Farming

            The farm embraces solar power, circular waste reduction & water catchments.

            Meet the Creamery
            Owners

            MICHELLE & JACK RUDOLPH

            Stepladder Creamery isn't simply another cheese company—it represents the heartfelt journey of Jack and Michelle Rudolph, who took a huge risk to transition from careers in tech and event planning to pursue a love of cheesemaking that began in the confines of Jack’s apartment.


            Their shared enthusiasm for cheesemaking and sustainable agriculture has revitalized Jack's grandfather's 150-year-old historic ranch, turning it into a stronghold for handcrafted quality and environmentally responsible farming.

            Jack and Michelle stand for embracing a narrative of love, commitment, and innovation. By treating their goats like family and enhancing the land through increased biodiversity, Jack and Michelle invite you to join a movement where artisanal craftmanship prevails.


            More than just cheesemakers, the Rudolphs are profoundly committed to the well-being of their team, their animals, and the support of similar small businesses and makers. Each piece of Stepladder cheese embodies the Rudolphs' unwavering dedication to perfecting their craft.

            Meet the Creamery Owners

            Michelle & Jack Rudolph

            Jack and Michelle stand for embracing a narrative of love, commitment, and innovation. By treating their goats like family and enhancing the land through increased biodiversity, Jack and Michelle invite you to join a movement where artisanal craftmanship prevails.


            More than just cheesemakers, the Rudolphs are profoundly committed to the well-being of their team, their animals, and the support of similar small businesses and makers. Each piece of Stepladder cheese embodies the Rudolphs' unwavering dedication to perfecting their craft.

            Stepladder Creamery isn't simply another cheese company—it represents the heartfelt journey of Jack and Michelle Rudolph, who took a huge risk to transition from careers in tech and event planning to pursue a love of cheesemaking that began in the confines of Jack’s apartment.


            Their shared enthusiasm for cheesemaking and sustainable agriculture has revitalized Jack's grandfather's 150-year-old historic ranch, turning it into a stronghold for handcrafted quality and environmentally responsible farming.

            Sustainable from Start to End

            STEPLADDER CREAMERY

            Being a sustainable ranch and creamery is non-negotiable for us. We love where we live and work, and want to keep it just as beautiful as when we got here.

            How do we stay sustainable?

            Solar-Power

            A 50KW solar array on the farm produces roughly 90 percent of the energy we use

            Water Catchments

            We rely on spring water and a large rain catchment refreshed by the annual rain as our main source

            Circular Waste-Reduction

            We utilize the manure from the goats to fertilize our orchards, and free-roaming Stepladder piggies receive the spent whey from the creamery and get to eat any unsellable harvested fruit and vegetable.

            The Happiest Goats in the USA

            As a farmstead creamery, we raise our goats on the farm and make cheese from their milk, which allows us to manage every aspect of the Stepladder cheese production.

            With every passing season, our herd has grown, as has the variety of both goat and cow’s milk cheeses we now produce in our creamery.


            Our herd of 40 goats consists of registered LaManchas (the only breed of goats developed in the United States), and they happily graze on three acres of open pasture!

            Experience award winning small batch cheese from farmstead goats and local cow milk

            Every bite is a testament to our cared-for animals and state-of-the-art techniques that delivers exceptional quality and freshness to your palate.

            Small batch cheese from
            farmstead goat and local cow milk

            Every bite is a testament to our cared-for animals and state-of-the-art techniques that delivers exceptional quality and freshness to your palate.