California cheese

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2006/01/05 09:59:01 (permalink)

California cheese

There have been some cute ads touting Ca cheese on national TV recently, but I have not seen the product on the shelf here in New England. I realize that the Ca product has to be shipped past some tough competition in Wisc and upstate NY to get here, and then compete with our own Cabot at every supermarket in New England. How far IS the distribution reach of Ca cheese. Do you think that the ads pay off for Ca farmers?
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    LindaW
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/05 10:03:28 (permalink)
    I live in the Albany, NY area and have seen the ads too...but haven't seen anything in Price Chopper or Hannaford that would make me think that there are some California Cheeses new to the stores....there were some pretty interesting Adirondack and french cheeses in PC, but I would think that with the money being spent on the advertising...there would be signs up in the cheese or dairy displays for the Californina Cheese...and coupons or discounts to get people to try them...I'll keep looking..
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/07 02:57:49 (permalink)
    Wellll, being a Calif. native and living in Fresno county which is 2nd in milk production to neighboring #1 Tulare county, I find these commercials very funny.

    Personally I prefer Cabot.

    Oh well,

    MikeS.
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/08 14:00:03 (permalink)
    Those ads have been on TV in CA for years. They have even got the CA Milk Board or whoever produces them sued by PETA which claims the cows aren't as happy as advertised. Probably they are right about the ones living in Fresno, but the ones I have seen grazing on green hillsides in Marin look very happy indeed.

    Since the type of cheese isn't specified, I suggest you look carefully at the labels of cheeses in your neighborhood grocery. There may weell be some from CA. Certainly here in CA, locally made cheeses of all varieties are common--and not only ones from cow's milk: Chanel goat cheeses are de riguer as well. Not only are there CA cheese producers making huge quantities for the mass market, there are plenty of extremely good artisanal producers like Chanel and, here in the Bay Area, Cow Girl Creamery: http://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/ .
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/08 21:32:00 (permalink)
    PETA is about being political correct. I don't think it's right that the female cows taunt the males across the fence. What's PETA got to say about that? How can those boy cows be happy....?
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/09 01:16:52 (permalink)
    BT may be able to answer this, but for anyone else in the Bay area, feel free to jump in...
    What is the brand name of those delicious cheeses that come from Sonoma (in various flavors, jack, garlic, havarti..)? There is a wonderful retail outlet right off the public square in the Sonoma County seat, and those cheeses have made their way here to the East Coast. They are well worth seeking.
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/09 01:48:08 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by tacchino

    BT may be able to answer this, but for anyone else in the Bay area, feel free to jump in...
    What is the brand name of those delicious cheeses that come from Sonoma (in various flavors, jack, garlic, havarti..)? There is a wonderful retail outlet right off the public square in the Sonoma County seat, and those cheeses have made their way here to the East Coast. They are well worth seeking.

    I am not in the Bay area, but here is the website for the Sonoma Cheese Factory:

    http://www.sonomajack.com/
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/09 14:23:26 (permalink)
    Being a New England native who now is a Californian with deep Wisconsin ties, What cow in there right mind wouldn't be happy to get out of those Really Cold Long Winters? These Ca Cows do not have that Mad Cow Disease, they are a little More liberal and zanier than the cows from the rest of the country. But thats to be expected.

    I have inlaws with 500 head up in Wis. and man it is sometimes 20 degrees below for days at a time. Not makeing a "happy Holstien".

    Out here in California we call
    The Happy Cows, Left Coast Cows not Jerseys.

    At Trader Joe's in Northern California you can get good Cabot Chedder and also Smoked Mozerella from Schnectady. That smoked cheese is fantastic for Pizza, which sadly you must make yourself for excellent pizza, not like the East Coast, where there are still very good pizza places. So basically we have the fun cows, but the East has the Fun Pizza....
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/09 15:48:59 (permalink)
    I always thought the "Happy Cow" ads were funny and I enjoy them. But I don't think of California as a cheese haven. We have too much good cheese right here in NY or from Wisconsin. In fact, one of the first things I associate with cheese is the Green Bay Packers cheesehead fans.

    Speaking of funny commercials, has anyone seen the Guiness commercial where the founders don linburger cheese heads and the crowd draws back.
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/09 15:51:34 (permalink)
    One thing that I noticed in the California area that I think is interesting. A lot of the dairy farms had a device that sprayed water over the cows while they were relaxing thus cooling them. I do not know if that improved the quality of cheese but it had to make the animals much more happy.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/09 16:35:03 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by BT

    the ones I have seen grazing on green hillsides in Marin look very happy indeed.


    I'm gonna have to agree here.
    I have some great shots of cows on the hills in Marin and sonoma/napa area. They look happy to me.

    I really enjoyed the commercial where the cows ran from the one cloud in the sky. Hilarious.

    It's a good ad campaign, but being a native upstate NYer, I'm sticking with my Upstate Ny, vermont/NE and Wisc. cheeses.
    Maybe it's the cold weather that makes it taste fresher.


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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/10 03:18:30 (permalink)
    Tillamook cheddar is better than any California cheese.
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/10 04:11:06 (permalink)
    Native Californian that I am, and one who likes to keep his money here whenever possible, I have to agree with Chips. My butter and Cheddar have to be Tillamook.
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/10 07:26:32 (permalink)
    I don't know whether Tennessee cows are happy, but I'm happy when I buy Bedford County cheeses.
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/10 08:52:04 (permalink)
    Our little Blue Cheese Place-Rogue Creamery-is expanding production. It's won awards from around the world, and was a twin Company to Vella Cheese in Sonoma til the owner sold it to these two guys a few years ago.
    http://www.mailtribune.com/archive/2006/0107/biz/stories/01biz.htm
    http://www.roguecreamery.com/
    You may actually be able to find it in stores soon outside the NW.
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/10 18:25:50 (permalink)
    Those are some of the best commercials that have been showing lately.
    Good ad campaign, I think!
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/11 04:56:45 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by enginecapt

    Native Californian that I am, and one who likes to keep his money here whenever possible, I have to agree with Chips. My butter and Cheddar have to be Tillamook.


    As long as your goat cheese is from Sonoma, not France . . . .
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    RE: California cheese 2006/01/11 05:04:46 (permalink)
    I believe it's from Bulgaria. Bulgarian feta.
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