Straus Home & Dairy Ranches, Marshall
660 ACRES MALT-PROTECTED SINCE 1992
The story of the Straus Family Creamery began when Bill Straus started farming here on the beautiful shores of Tomales Bay in 1941 with a herd of just 23 cows. In 1950, Bill was joined on the ranch by his newlywed, Ellen.
In 1980, Ellen Straus co-founded MALT, which was the United States' first agricultural land trust. In 1992, the Straus family sold a conservation easement to MALT, and those funds helped Ellen and Bill's son Albert turn the dairy into the first certified organic dairy and creamery west of the Mississippi River.
The milk used to make their organic dairy products is from cows that are born and raised on their farm and from three neighboring certified organic farms. The glass bottles, which Ellen Straus helped design, still bear the image of her hand-drawn calf licking the raindrops from a drought-breaking winter storm.
Straus Family Creamery has a long history of being active in farmland protection and environmental issues. Ellen Straus read the book “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson in the early 1960s and began the family’s strong commitment to environmental sustainability. When the phone rang in their Straus ranch house, Bill would proclaim to Ellen, “It’s the environment calling.” Today, the Straus family continues to consider stewardship of the land one of their most important responsibilities, and Albert Straus has taken a bold step in reducing the impact on the environment by installing a methane digester to produce the dairy’s own electricity.
Where to find straus family creamery products
Today, Straus Family Creamery products include organic milk, yogurt, butter, ice cream, and frozen yogurt which are primarily sold in California and are also available in other western states. To learn more about Straus Family Creamery and where you can find their products, please visit www.strausfamilycreamery.com.