The Labor Day Change-Up

Labor Day celebrations are a mixed bag–on one hand, it’s an excuse to eat and drink and party with friends, but on the other, it means that summer is officially ending. Want to know how to bridge the gap between seasons? We’ve got a guide to cheeses and gourmet snacks that are perfect for crafting a tasty transition from warm days to cool nights.

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An Interview with Cowgirl Creamery

Cowgirl Creamery’s San Francisco Ferry Building Location (source: cowgirlcreamery.com)

Conducted by Elizabeth Chubbuck, SVP Sales and Marketing

Co-founders Sue Conley and Peggy Smith opened Northern California’s Cowgirl Creamery after decades of individual success in the Bay Area’s food scene. After launching Tomales Bay Foods, a wholesale marketing venture, they began making cheese on-site at their headquarters, a renovated barn. Since the late 90s, they’ve been producing award-winning cheeses like Mt. Tam and Wagon Wheel.

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Call to Action: Urgent Cheese News

To Our Dear, Cheese-loving Customers:

For over two decades, Murray’s has traveled the world to discover and import delicious cheeses from Europe.  We take pride in giving our customers access to the classics, well as our more unique finds.

Today, however, a recently proposed tariff  on numerous imported foods and cheeses could drastically impact your access to and enjoyment of some of our favorite cheeses.  Murray’s, along with countless others in the cheese and food business, is working diligently to protect our most beloved cheeses, and I am writing you with the opportunity to add your voices to the fight. 

The tariff itself is centered on a decades-old dispute between the World Trade Organization and aircraft companies.  Besides the impact these tariffs would have on the specialty food business, and the farmers who support it, the subsequent price increases would negatively impact you – our customers.  Cheeses like Roquefort, Stilton, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Pecorino Romano are on the docket, among many others.

Should you feel compelled to help us fight for our beloved cheeses, you can do so by contacting your local representative, explaining the situation, and asking for their support.  Simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USTR-2019-0003-0616 and click on the “Comment Now!” button on the top-right hand corner.
  2. Copy & Paste the following message in the comment section.  Feel free to add any additional comments you have.

I am a consumer who is in opposition of the proposed tariff countermeasures in response to the airbus dispute. I feel that the increased duties on the products listed below would have an adverse effect upon U.S. stakeholders, including small businesses and consumers:

These products include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Fresh and aged Edams and Goudas
  • Romano
  • Reggiano
  • Parmesan
  • Provolone
  • Sprinz
  • Gruyere
  • Blue-veined cheese
  • Italian-type cheeses made from cow’s milk

I feel strongly that these cheeses have no domestic equivalent.

The deadline for submissions is August 12th, 2019 – so please click through and comment today…Murray’s and your favorite European cheeses will thank you for years to come!

Sincerely yours,

Elizabeth Chubbuck, SVP Sales and Marketing at Murray’s Cheese