Arriving in the high desert of California in the summer of 2006, award-winning cheese producers Julian and Carol Pearce of Soledad Goats sought refuge from the cold, cloud covered skies of England where they had previously spent 10 years gaining knowledge and experience in the cheese-making business.
Bringing years of experience to their new California home, a variety of goat breeds are now thriving in their desert home in Mojave which is located at the base of the prominent local butte called Soledad Mountain. The goats include La Manchas (goats with attitude), Nubians (the talkers of the bunch), and Alpines (the sweet natured ones). It is this combination of milks and personalities from the diversity of breeds that gives the cheese it's unique flavor.
Raw milk-based cheddar and jack aged cheeses and pasteurized fresh cream cheeses, or chevres, are available year-round. Seasonal fresh cheese flavors provide something new to try and feature locally grown herbs and ingredients whenever possible. Take an opportunity to sample the cheeses at any of the markets listed below.
A customer favorite is the Lavender and Lemon flavored fresh cheese produced with locally harvested lavender. This unique cheese won a gold medal at the World Cheese Awards in London out of 1,800 cheeses.
Hollywood Farmer's Market, Sundays 8am-1pm
Atwater Farmer's Market, Sundays 9am-2pm
Studio City Farmer's Market, Sundays 8am-1pm
Montrose Harvest Farmer's Market, Sundays 9am-2pm
Eagle Rock Farmer's Market, Fridays 5:30pm-8:30pm
Sherman Oaks Farmer's Market, Tuesdays
Tehachapi Farmer's Market, Thursdays 4pm-7pm
Newhall Farmer's Market, Thursdays 3pm-7pm
Echo Park Farmer's Market, Fridays 3pm-7pm
Pasadena Farmer's Market, Saturdays 8:30am-1pm
Irvine Center Farmer's Market, Saturdays 8am-12pm
Moorpark Farmer's Market
Antelope Valley Winery, Saturdays, 9am-noon
Not only are they some of the nicest people, but the cheese is incredible. Right now, we get their chevres at the Hollywood market and we're happy to know that they service the Irvine market as we're moving down that way soon and don't want to be without our amazing goat cheese! Seriously, take advantage of the yummy samples.... [more]
I've often wondered why no one in CA was making goat or sheep cheese (given our climate.) I personally prefer goat and sheep cheese to cow's cheese and was SO excited to find Soledad Goats at my local farmer's market (Shermans Oaks at the Fashion Square Tuesday afternoons.... [more]
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I had the pleasure of trying this phenomenal cheese at the Farmers Market in Irvine. It is truly magnificent. I purchased the Lavender and Lemon as well as the plain and served them both at a dinner party that evening.... [more]