It’s good to call these dairies in advance, even if they are scheduled to be open, as farm life is often unpredictable. You can also do the tour in reverse order. For more local cheesemakers, see washingtonartisan
WILLAPA HILLS CREAMERY
Cheese: Local cow and sheep milk; cream cheese spreads, mature, blue
Who: Stephen Huffued and Amy Turnbull
Where: 4680 state Route 6, Chehalis (Doty)
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Contact: 360-291-3937, willapahillscheese.com.
Cheese: Cow milk; plain and flavored swiss
Who: Gary and Sharon McCool
Where: 439 Spooner Road, Chehalis (Adna)
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturdays
Contact: 360-740-8988, rosecrestfarms.org.
What: Coffee Outfitters espresso stand does terrific coffee with a friendly welcome. It has a long swing under the giant oak tree outside, with plenty of running-around room for kids. There’s also a mini-patio and indoor seating in its tiny Swiss chalet.
Where: Opposite the gas station in Adna, just after you turn onto Bunker Road from Highway 12.
Also: There are bathrooms at the gas station.
BLACK SHEEP CREAMERY
Cheese: Sheep milk; feta, mature, plus fresh, ricotta, mizithra and yogurt in season
Who: Brad and Meg Gregory
Where: 345 Bunker Creek Road, Chehalis (Adna)
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment
Contact: 360-520-3397, blacksheepcreamery.com.
What: Market Street Bakery and Café, 492 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis. Note: They are only open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Load up on cheeses (remember to bring your cooler and picnic set) at the dairies, then pass through historic downtown Chehalis for some bakery-made sourdough-semolina bread at the Market Street café. If the weather holds, you can eat al fresco on benches by the fountain outside the library, one block south. Otherwise, the café offers homemade soups, fresh panini sandwiches, yummy baked goods (try the cannoli), and coffee.
Cheese: Cow milk; mature, blue, fresh, butter
Who: Lisa Jacobs
Where: 235 Macomber Road, Chehalis
When: 3-6 p.m. Fridays or by appointment
Contact: 503-621-7910, jacobscreamery.com.
What: Domina Dairy and Creamery
Who: John Ammerman
Where: 265 Romerman Road, Chehalis
When: There’s no shop — visit by appointment only.