Stepladder Ranch was founded in 1871 as a working farmstead, which has remained a family owned and operated business for the past 3 generations. The most recent addition to the business is Stepladder Creamery, led by Head Dairyman and Cheesemaker Jack Rudolph.
Jack’s love for goat’s was first discovered after a trip to a Northern California goat dairy with his sister. Shortly their after, he began sourcing goat milk, making cheese at his home. Quickly finding himself drawn to cheese making, Jack left his job working for a Palo Alto startup, purchased some goats and moved to Stepladder Ranch where he took over his grandfather’s operation. A creamy was built on the farmstead and the newest venture was born.
Stepladder Creamery is an old idea reimagined. Over 100 years ago, Stepladder Ranch was a part of the Harmony Valley Creamery Association. The HVCA was comprised of a network of Swiss and Italian dairy farmers who grazed their cattle on the lush pasture lands of San Luis Obispo. At that time, California was in a drought, which forced the farmers to re-think how they could make a living off of their lands. Similar to the current situation we find ourselves in today. In addition to cheese, Stepladder raises spotted old spot heritage pigs for pork and grows Haas Avocados.
For more information about Stepladder: http://stepladdercreamery.com/