Photo courtesy of the Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History, JackMasonMuseum.org
‘TIL THE COWS COME HOME
Marin’s Rich History of Dairying
BY DEWEY LIVINGSTON • PHOTOGRAPHS BY M.B. BOISSEVAIN
These days, food-lovers flock to the northern San Francisco Bay Area to sample the best in restaurants and local produce, and to appreciate the fine rural scenery and ambiance. Leading attractions are our prize-winning local cheeses and other fine dairy products. We are seeing a renaissance in dairying, but Marin County is not new to the gourmet market: In fact, it is the pioneer in quality dairy food in the West.
Marin County is such a desirable place today because of its prosperity, good schools, proximity to San Francisco and—most significantly—natural beauty and vast open spaces. This has been the case for over a century. Recent decades of intense planning and activism have helped to preserve Marin’s sense of place, but the foundation of the county’s magic was laid in its earliest days by the plain and hardworking people, mostly immigrants, who worked the land and passed it on, sometimes stubbornly, through the generations.
Agriculture, specifically dairying, has dominated Marin County commerce and economics since the beginning, and still … Read More