I was born and raised in Switzerland on goats' milk, goat cheese, and lots of vegetables. In 1963, I immigrated to the United States, met my husband Bob, and raised three children.
In 1978, we moved to Silicon Valley where I enjoyed a successful real estate career. In 2002, we moved to Grass Valley, California to follow my dream of raising animals. We purchased a 60-acre ranch and bought a few Nubian goats because I liked their floppy ears. One thing led to another and I fell in love with the East Friesian Dairy Sheep.
With these two breeds of dairy animals, I began milking. When I realized how much milk I had, I dreamed about my father's cheese and started making my own. From there, we added Katahdin sheep and American Aberdeens (Lowline Cattle). It was quite a learning experience, but after thirteen years of being connected to my animals and getting to know their needs, I think I've got it!
I love variety in my life and my cheese, so I had to add a Jersey Cow. Her name is Bessie. I use Bessie's milk to make my favorite Gruyere cheese. I can now choose from a variety of different milks to make my farmstead cheeses.
My beautiful American Aberdeen cattle are grass-fed and therefore produce the tastiest beef you'll ever experience! My animals are raised with love and quality care while they are with us! They are very friendly and happy. Come out and visit the ranch to experience true farmstead living!
In 1996 we met Jesus and Rafael two brothers. Over the years we have worked on many projects together. They have become a part of our family. Thanks to them and their interest, love for the animals and hard work our farmstead is what it is today.
Many of you know my husband Bob passed away some time ago.
As of 2018 I have a new husband "Lee" who loves the farm as much as I do. I can't wait for you to come by and meet him.
~ Ruth Bleau