To help sustain family farms in Marin and Sonoma Counties by providing high quality, minimally processed organic dairy products.
To support family farming and revitalize rural communities everywhere through advocacy and education.
Bill Straus started the family dairy farm in 1941, with a commitment to being responsible stewards of the land. When Albert converted the dairy to organic in 1994, it was the first certified organic dairy farm west of the Mississippi River. At the same time, he founded the Creamery — the first 100% certified organic creamery in the United States.
For nearly 30 years, the Straus Family Creamery name has been synonymous with premium organic dairy and a commitment to sustainable practices.
Straus Family Creamery Founder/CEO and Organic Dairy Farmer Albert Straus is the oldest son of Bill and Ellen Straus. Bill began his dairy farm in the early 1940s in Marshall, on the beautiful shores of Tomales Bay, and Ellen joined him in 1950. They started out small, with only 23 Jersey cows, which they named after family and friends.
Albert Straus and his three siblings were greatly influenced by their parents Bill and Ellen Straus, who were very early environmentalists with a steadfast commitment to be stewards of the land. They saw farmland as a part of a much bigger, natural world that needed to be respected and preserved on its own terms.
The Creamery began in 1994 when Albert Straus made a choice that had a lasting impact on the entire landscape of dairy farming in the United States.
People are our most valuable resource. They are the heart and soul of Straus Family Creamery and make everything we believe in happen.
We support organizations that work in the areas of sustainability, food and organic agriculture through donations, sponsorships, and community activities.