Achadinha Cheese Company

Photo courtesy of David Gartner

Location: Petaluma, CA

Achadinha (pronounced osh-a-deen-a) Goat Cheese Company is owned by Jim and Donna Pacheco of the Pacheco Family Dairy. The dairy was established in 1955 in Bodega Bay and relocated to Petaluma in 1969 by Jim’s father. Jim and Donna reside on the ranch with their four children to carry on his family legacy.

In 1997, Jim and Donna sold their cows and bought dairy goats. They now have close to 1600 goats. The girls are able to eat pasture all year long on 290 acres and eat all of the brewer’s grain from the local breweries they want. When it rains and they refuse to go out, then they are supplemented with alfalfa hay. Along with the goats, Jim and Donna have dogs, horses, beef cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens.

All of Achadinha’s cheeses are handmade by Donna Pacheco. They are known for their Capricious cheese which won “Best in Show” at the American Cheese Society competition in 2002. Capricious is an aged cheese hand-rolled in an old european style. They also produce a delicious table cheese called Broncha as well as Feta and fresh cheese curds.

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