Thursday, June 1, 2023


‘Rumiano’ is California’s oldest family-owned cheese company

RVers coming out of Rumiano Cheese Co. in Crescent City. (Julianne G. Crane)

Sitting in a small coastal town near Pacific Coast Highway 101 is Rumiano Cheese Company, the oldest family-owned cheese company in California. It has been “hand rolling” artisan cheese for four generations.

“The success Rumiano Cheese Company has acquired over nearly 90 years
can be credited to two important factors,” according to third generation owners Baird and John Rumiano–“a talented and
hard-working staff” and “a high-quality supply of milk.”

  Production area behind glass wall. (Julianne G. Crane)

Rumiano’s cheese production takes place in Crescent City, located roughly 10 miles from the Oregon border in northern California.

The production facility also houses a small retail shop, showroom and a view of the production area through a glass wall.

In 2011, they launched their Rumiano Family Organic line, which is the first cheese in
the U.S. market to receive Non-GMO Project Verification.

This is the “most wholesome cheese in the world,” says  John Rumiano. The organic cheese can be found in select Whole Food Markets and natural food stores nationwide.

Rumiano Cheese Co. retail shop and showroom. (Julianne G. Crane)

The company receives its milk supply from independent third, fourth and fifth generation dairy
farms all from within a 90-mile radius. The area’s mild climate and abundant rainfall stimulates feed
growth and allows for year-round grazing. All of the milk used by Rumiano’s is free of
artificial hormones (rBST) and the cows are grass-fed, according to the website.

“At Rumiano Cheese we focus on what is good for the earth, and its inhabitants. Sustainability not only saves on costs but benefits our community and world.”

“We have some of the finest milk in the nation here,”
Baird Rumiano says. “It all comes down to good people, good ingredients and good products.”

Rumiano cheeses. (Julianne G. Crane)

If you go

Rumiano Cheese Company
511 9th St.
Crescent City, CA 95531

Julianne G. Crane

To learn more about the Florence Keller County Campground in Crescent City, where we dry-camped in our truck/camper for four days, click here.

To read more articles about the RV lifestyle by Julianne G Crane, go to

Photos: Taken at Rumiano Cheese Company in Crescent City, Calif.  (Top) RVers Jimmy Smith of Oregon and Jane and Kevin Justis of Susanville, Calif., visited the Rumiano Cheese Shop. (Julianne G. Crane)

Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”


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