History

 

Marin French Cheese Timeline

Marin French Cheese has a rich history that we are proud to share. Our company began in 1865, which makes us the longest continually operating cheese company in the United States. We are proud to use the same cheesemaking techniques of our founders, and carry on their traditions at our beautiful creamery in West Marin.

1865

1865 – Breakfast Cheese is Born Because of a widespread poultry disease in San Francisco, there was an egg…

1865

Jefferson Thompson purchased a 700 acre “dairy ranch” for rumored $5,000, one of the “rancho grandes.” He visited ranches…

1897

Thompson’s two sons, Jefferson “Jeff” and his brother, Rudolph, took over management.…

1901

Schloss was born.…

1904

Jefferson Thompson went to the University of Connecticut at Storrs to study cheesemaking.…

1906

Fellow Petaluma Elks Club members ribbed Jefferson Jr. (Jeff) and Rudolph about their Yellow Buck label on boxes of Camembert.…

1919-1933

Prohibition dried up saloons, their free lunches, and cheese sales were halted to the saloons,…

1926

Largely because of Marin French Cheese (Rouge et Noir), Marin County became the largest producer of cheese in California.

1942

Pierce (son of Jeff Thompson) and cousin Ed Thompson (both grandsons of founder, Jefferson Thompson) took over…

1945

Soldiers came back from Europe after World War II having tasted Brie, Camembert, and other soft cheeses there,…

1969-1979

The plant was enlarged three times to accommodate the growing demand of soft-ripened cheeses.

1972

Pierce and Ed Thompson turned management over to Ed’s adopted son and nephew,…

1979

Marin County named the creamery the #3 tourist attraction behind Muir Woods and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin Civic…

1995

Marin French Cheese Company was named Novato Business of the Year.

1998

The Thompsons sold Marin French Cheese to Jim Boyce…

2000

Jim Boyce played a strong role in the rebirth of cheesemaking in Northern California,…

2005

Triple Crème Brie won gold medal and Best of Show…

2011

Marin French Cheese was acquired by the French dairy family, H. Triballat (Rians Group)…

2015

Marin French Cheese celebrated their 150th Anniversary.

Present

Today, Marin French Cheese is proud to carry on the traditions of our founders, by handcrafting French…