Humbolt Creamery in Northern California
Year Round Grazing
Cows are ruminants, designed to eat grass, so they’re happiest when they’re walking and foraging. Their temperate climate, frequent fog, and low water table keep their pastures lush and green year-round, which means great grazing and outdoor exercise for their cows 12 months out of the year.
Soil is Where it Starts
Their farmers support the rich, fertile soil through careful pasture management, working with the biology of the soil and adding organic compost to replace nutrients that are taken out. Pastures aren’t tilled, so the grass can develop long roots and deliver nutrients from deep within the soil. This respect for the natural environment contributes to super-nutritious pastures, healthy cows, and quality you can taste.
Cows are meant to graze - an open pasture is their favorite place to be, and their smaller-than-average herd sizes give our cows lots of room to roam — about four cows per acre! This environment, and the care of their dairy families, create an idyllic lifestyle for their cows that enables them to produce great-tasting milk.
A History of Excellence
Settlers in the 19th century recognized Humboldt County’s unique suitability for dairy farming. The home of Humboldt Creamery, Ferndale was so well-known for its quality butter that it was called “Cream City.” Dairies in the area produced many innovations that revolutionized the industry, including the first butter-wrapping and cutting machines, the first milk tank truck, the first cooperative creameries, and the development of the Gray-Jensen dry milk process. That heritage of quality and innovation is alive in everything we do today.
We are committed to using the highest quality ingredients in our chocolate
When formulating recipes for milk chocolate, we searched for a producer who could supply wholesome, organic milk. Humboldt Creamery, an 85-year old family farm in Northern California, perfectly fits our needs and values.
With their rich history of sustainable farming, Humboldt makes premium dairy products from pasture-raised cows. Run-off from coastal mountains enriches the soil with minerals, and farmers carefully manage pastures to protect the health of the land. Humboldt’s respect for the natural environment carries through all their work, creating milk that is nutritious, delicious, and sustainably produced.
Stewardship of the earth is at the center of our work at Chequessett Chocolate. We feel confident that Humboldt shares this value, taking care of their cows and their pastures. Cows roam with ample space—approximately four cows per acre, and Northern California’s mild weather keeps the animals happy and healthy year round.
We make chocolate with the finest cacao possible. Finding other ingredients that meet this caliber ensures that everything we produce is delicious and sustainable. Humboltd’s long-standing reputation for honest husbandry yields creamy, wholesome milk that enriches all our confections with integrity and unbeatable flavor.