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Bi-Rite’s Cheese Department


We are passionate about cheese produced in small batches using old-world methods; our personal relationships with cheesemakers, affineurs and importers allow us to sell cheeses not available in most other stores. Ask us for a taste of any cheese you see!

Led by Jon and a band of talented cheesemongers, our cheese department features a carefully-selected array of cheeses from California and beyond. Most of our cheeses are either organic, from small farmhouse cheesemakers, or from producers that focus on sustainability (and sometimes all three).

Some of the cheesemakers & affineurs we work with:

Andante Dairy

Cowgirl Creamery

Neal’s Yard Dairy

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

Rogue Creamery


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Jon Fancey

Cheese Trek Travelogue: Bleu Mont Cheddar from Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

 The second stop on the Bi-Rite Cheese Trek is a man-made earth sheltered cellar in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin.  This ‘cave’ was constructed by Willi Lehner, one of America’s most interesting and inspiring cheesemakers.  I had the chance to visit Willi a few years ago when I was on a cheese-fueled … Continue Reading


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Introducing the Bi-Rite Cheese Trek!

Welcome to the Bi-Rite Cheese Trek, a new way to taste cheese and explore the world. I’m your guide, Jon Fancey, the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses Cheese Buyer. I’m responsible for curating the cheese selection at our Markets; to do so, I spend some time every year traveling to discover … Continue Reading


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