It has been just nine years since Sue Conley and Peggy Smith launched Tomales Bay Foods in a renovated barn in Point Reyes Station, California. After successful careers as Bay Area chefs (Sue owned the popular Bette's Oceanview Diner in Berkeley; Peggy ran the kitchen at the renowned Chez Panisse), the women shifted their focus to Tomales Bay. Their new market would carry the region's finest natural foods and other products, from prepared dishes, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, wines and cheeses. Sue and Peggy began to make cheese from the pure, natural, organic milk produced by Straus Family Dairy, and Cowgirl Creamery was born. All Cowgirl Creamery cheeses are still made at the barn in Point Reyes Station.
A second Cowgirl Creamery would open in 2003 at Ferry Plaza in San Francisco. In June 2006, Cowgirl Creamery would 'go east' when a Cowgirl Creamery would open at 919 F Street in the Chinatown/Penn Quarter area of Washington DC.
The above photo was takeen on Tuesday evening, 26 September 2006, while in the process of my ongoing Downtown F Street Project which I have been documenting for several years.