The photo on the cover of their brochure indicates that it’s 2,011 miles to Wisconsin. But in reality you don’t have to travel that far to find world class cheeses. Golden Glen Creamery has been operating out of Bow, Washington since 2004 and has been a steady presence at the Everett Farmers Market for the past seven years.
I recently spoke with Norma Ruiz from Golden Glen Creamery and asked her a few questions.
What is the history behind the creamery’s name, Golden Glen Creamery?
The name was chosen by the Jensen family, the original founders of Golden Glen Creamery in 2004. Victor Jensen registered his Guernsey dairy cattle as “Golden Glen Guernseys” back in 1967. So, in 2004 when they opened the creamery he decided to name it “Golden Glen Creamery” after the name of his herd.
How many different types of cheeses do you produce?
We create 13 different types of cheeses, including cheddars, goudas, mozzarella and feta. Within those categories some will be flavored with such ingredients as jalapeno, basil and sun dried tomato. This all adds up 22 different offerings.
What is the most popular cheese at Everett Farmers Market?
Our squeaky cheese (cheddar cheese curds) flavored with dill and garlic is the product customers rave about the most.
Your cheeses are described as “farmstead”. What does that mean?
Farmstead means that we make our products using milk from our cows that live right here at the farm.
Other than cheese, what products can be found at the creamery?
We also offer butter, Crème Fraiche, and Fromage Blanc which is a soft, mild cheese that can be used in place of yogurt and cream cheese.
Thanks, Norma. I’ll be looking forward to stopping by at the Farmers Market. It’s way easier to get to than Wisconsin and the cheese is every bit as good.
More information, including a list of all of Golden Glen Creamery’s dairy products can be found at: http://www.goldenglencreamery.com
Joe Clark is a retired Boeing Project Manager. He enjoys volunteering, writing, exercise, discovering new things in Snohomish County, and trying to grow the perfect jalapeno peppers at his Bayside P-Patch plot.