Mary Keehn got started on the goat cheese trail in the 1970s when she began raising Alpine goats as a source of milk for her children. Soon after, Mary started receiving awards for her herd and became recognized as an expert in the field. Blessed with an excess of milk from fifty goats, Mary started making cheese in 1983, making her a true pioneer in the world of American artisan cheese.
Situated where the giant redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean in the rugged northernmost reaches of Humboldt County, California, Cypress Grove gets unique inspiration from the voluminous fog that rolls in nearly every day. Humboldt Fog is Cypress Grove’s signature cheese. Elegant and luscious, this three-week old goat cheese pays homage to classic French Morbier with a thin line of grey vegetable ash through its creamy, white center. As Humboldt Fog ages, its subtle tanginess grows more pronounced and a runny edge of thick and delicious cream begins to develop under the rind and drift to the center of the cheese. Its similarity to Humboldt County’s morning fog is unmistakable and lovely to behold.