Nevada County’s first creamery store to open in late spring

Wheyward Girl Creamery plans to open in late spring, making it the first creamery to open as a store in Nevada County in recent memory.

Artisan cheese is a big trend. Examples include Shaft’s Cheese in Roseville, Cowgirl Creamery at Point Reyes Station and stalwarts such as Vella Cheese in Sonoma. In Nevada County, Tess’ Kitchen Store is now carrying artisan cheeses from Dedrick’s, and the Back Porch Market on “The Avenue” is carrying first-rate cheese.

Now we’ve learned that Wheyward Girl Creamery is planning to open next door to Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. on lower Commercial St. in Nevada City. This will further bolster this neighborhood, which also is home to the Nevada City Farmers Market, the Boardwalk parklet, and a new, energetic “vibe.” In short, lower Commercial has become a food, wine, beer and art “destination.”

The creamery’s owners are Roberta Des Bouillons, an accomplished in-house chef at Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley and longtime Bay Area chef, and Barbara Jenness, a master cheese maker from the Midwest who also teaches classes at Tess’.

Barbara recently moved to Grass Valley from Michigan. Barbara retired after selling her Goat Creamery that she founded. She is a Master Certified Cheese maker and she has taught classes at Tess’ on how to make fresh cream or goat cheese, feta cheese and a Mozzarella.

As a result, we expect the cheese is going to be first-rate. The creamery plans a Kickstarter campaign to complete funding.

“We’re thrilled,” Roberta told our magazine. And as for the location next to Three Forks, she added: “It’s a match made in heaven.”Wheyward Girl Cremery plans to make Camembert-style soft cheeses and hard-aged cheeses, from goat, cow and sheep’s milk. It will sell the cheese both wholesale and retail. An opening is planned in May or June.

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