We are pleased to serve Straus ice cream and whipped heavy cream with our pie. Straus Family Creamery is a small, family-owned, organic creamery which produces milk, ice cream, yogurt and butter with milk sourced from theirr own dairy and from three other local, family farms. Bill Straus began farming in 1941 with just 23 cows here on the beautiful shores of Tomales Bay and the Point Reyes National Seashore, 60 miles north of San Francisco. Ellen Straus, his wife, read the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson in the early 1960s and began our family’s strong commitment to environmental sustainability. Ellen was one of the founder of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust in the 1970’s, a unique and critical alliance of Marin ranchers and environmentalists who developed model policy and legal and economic infrastructure to protect the landscape of West Marin and Tomales Bay from development. The family still considers their most important responsibility to be stewardship of the land.
Son, Albert Straus, began the conversion to a certified organic dairy in 1993. It takes a dairy herd one year to become fully certified to produce organic milk. In 1994 the Straus farm became the first certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi River. In February 1994, Albert forged ahead and opened Straus Family Creamery to produce organic milk, yogurt, butter and ice cream under the family name.
They also get some of our milk from other neighboring certified-organic family farms, the Hughes and Tresch families. They are all deeply committed to producing milk and dairy products that are organic and healthful for everyone; and developing sustainable, environmentally sound practices in farming and food processing and in rural community planning.
To achieve these goals, they raise all our cows according to National Organic Standards and their land is certified organic. The Straus family continues to be active in farmland protection and other environmental issues.