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Cheese Icons to Celebrate this Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month—the perfect excuse to buy more cheese that’s made and sold by women! This month (and every month) we’re celebrating the women in cheese who produce, sell, serve, and educate about the wedges and wheels we love. Show your support for women in cheese all March long and beyond by learning about them, buying from them, and sharing their stories with your family and friends. 

Women Cheesemakers To Know

Allison Hooper, co-founder of Vermont Creamery

Peggy Smith and Sue Conley, co-founders of Cowgirl Creamery

The Giacomini sisters, co-owners of Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

Judy Schad, founder of Capriole Goat Cheese

Laura Chenel, founder of Laura Chenel

Mary Keehn, founder of Cypress Grove

Molly Semler, cheesemaker and co-owner of Von Trapp Farmstead 

Veronica Pedraza, general manager and head cheesemaker at Blakesville Creamery

Jean Mackenzie, founder of Mackenzie Creamery 

Marieke Penterman, founder of Marieke Gouda

Allison Lakin, founder of Lakin’s Gorges Cheese

Sarah Hoffman and Eliza Spertus, founder and farm manager of Green Dirt Farm (1)

Amy Rowbottom, founder of Crooked Face Creamery (3)

Rachel Fritz Schaal, co-owner of Parish Hill Creamery

Virginie Dubois-Dhorne, co-owner of La Finarde and winner of the 2021 Mondial du Fromage

Avery Jones, founder of Shooting Star Creamery

Sue Miller, co-owner of Birchrun Hills Farm

Anna Landmark and Anna Thomas Bates, co-founders of Landmark Creamery

Katie Fuhrmann, head cheesemaker at LaClare Family Creamery

Donna Pacheco, co-founder of Achadina Cheese Company

Amy and Beth Marcoot, cheesemakers and co-owners, Marcoot Jersey Creamery 

Amelia Sweethardt, cheesemaker and owner, Pure Luck Farm and Dairy (2)

Rynn Caputo, co-owner of Caputo Brothers Creamery

Anna Prado, manager of Formatges Muntanyola

Alise Sjostrom, President and CEO of Redhead Creamery

Charuth Van Beuzekom, owner of Dutch Girl Creamery

Samantha Genke, co-founder of Boxcarr Handmade Cheese

Jodi Ohlsen Read, co-founder of Shepherd’s Way Farms

Sarah Appleby, co-owner Appleby’s Dairy Farm

Mary Quicke, managing director Quicke’s

Helen Feete, co-owner of Meadow Creek Dairy

Ricki Carroll, co-founder New England Cheese Making Supply Co.

Susan Rigg, founder River Whey Creamery

Audrey Hitchcock, owner Ramini Mozzarella

Jessica Little, co-owner Sweet Grass Dairy

Lucille Giroux, cheesemaker Fromagerie La Moutonniere

Jenna and Emma Davison, co-owners Golden Ears Cheesecrafters

Olga Dutra, co-founder Woolwich Goat Dairy

Margaret Peters Morris, owner and cheesemaker Glengarry Fine Cheese 

Diana Murphy, co-owner and cheesemaker Dreamfarm 

Luisa Villegas, CEO of The Cheese Institute

Paula Lambert, founder of the Mozzarella Company

Birgit Halbreiter, co-founder and President of MouCo Cheese Company

Portia McKnight and Florence Hawley, co-owners of Chapel Hill Creamery

Soyoung Scanlan, owner and solo-cheesemaker at Andante Dairy

Sheila Flanagan and Lorraine Lambiase, co-owners and founders of Nettle Meadow

Sarah Marcus, co-owner and head cheesemaker of Briar Rose Creamery (OR)

Pat & Astrea Morford (mother and daughter), owner and cheesemakers, Rivers Edge Chevre (OR)

Kathryn Spahn, founder of Prodigal Farm (NC)

Louella Hill, owner and head cheesemaker of Ballerino Creamery (VA)

Emily Davidson (CEO) and Niki Drumwrite (cheesemaker) at Portland Creamery (OR)

Aubrey Thomason, managing owner and cheesemaker, ZIngerman’s Creamery (MI)

Anne Jones, owner & cheesemaker at Latte Da Dairy (TX)

Leslie Cooperband, founder, owner, and head cheesemaker at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery (IL)

Ruth Klahsen, owner and operator of Monforte Dairy (ON)

Women Cheesemongers We Admire

Sarah and Boo Simms of Lady and Larder (CA)

Collette deRoma, recently deceased, Oliver’s Markets (CA)

Juliana Uruburu, Retail Director & cheesemonger, Market Hall Foods (CA)

Marnie & Lydia Clarke, co-owners of Claremont Cheese Cave and DTLA Cheese (CA)

Leah Park Fierro, owner, cheesemonger, and pastry chef at Milkfarm (CA)

Lindsey Schechter, owner & cheesemonger, Houston Dairymaids (TX)

Kathleen Cotter, owner & cheesemonger, The Bloomy Rind (TN)

Kia Parks, co-owner & cheesemonger, Cheesemongers of Sherman Oaks (CA)

Sarah Arabian, owner of The Rind (CA)

Jessica Fernandez (5)

Julia Gross

Kendall Antonelli

Alisha Norris Jones

Sarah Munly

Anne Saxelby

Whitney Roberts

Kyra James (4)

Jill Zenoff

Emilia D’Albero

Maura Rice

Linni Kral

Emily Acosta

Hilary Green

Tina Mooney

Women Cheese Bloggers We Love

Tenaya Darlington (AKA @mmefromage)

Alisha Norris Jones (AKA @immortalmilk)

Mackenzie Smith (AKA @Grilledcheesesocial)

Marissa Mullen (AKA @thatcheeseplate)

Erika Kubick (AKA @cheesesexdeath)

Emily Delaney (AKA @cheeseboardqueen)

Meg Quinn (AKA @ainttooproudtomeg)

Amber Connole (AKA @grazinthroughlife)

Kristine Jannuzzi (AKA @nyccheesechick)

Agela Abdullah (AKA @cheesewench)

Emma Young (AKA @thecheeseexplorer)

Izzie Ocampo (AKA @cheesebruja)

Ashley Noëlle (AKA @thecheesemaven)

Monica Petrucci

Monica is Culture's former Social Media Editor. Coming from a formaggio-obsessed Italian family, she was very excited to combine her passions for cheese and writing at Culture. She loves experimenting in the kitchen and pairing wine and cheese in her spare time.

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