Mandy Johnston is
a Journalist turned cheese maker. Out of college she landed a job
as an editor with a lifestyle Magazine. She traded living an urban,
hipster life, interviewing rock stars and celebrities for making
cheese on her family farm. It didn't take much for Mandy to make
that decision, when she heard her family's dairy, Pedrozo’s Dairy,
may be put up for sale she knew it was her calling.
John, her cheese partner and boyfriend, also quit
his job in the tile industry to pursue cheese making, alongside
Mandy. The dairy is now called, Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese Co. These
young cheese makers wouldn't give up their new lives for anything.
It’s a small company which consists of Mandy and John making cheese,
and her (step) dad who owns the dairy and milks the cows.
Mandy's decision became even clearer, when Mandy's
dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer (now fully recovered), which
pushed her to learn about the milking process as well, so she now
milks the cows when needed! They sell their homemade, unpasteurized
cheese at Chico and Sacramento Farmers markets and many markets
and small shops around the Chico and Sacramento area.
Mandy's favorite thing about her new career choice
is selling at the farmers markets. She says the close knit community
of local farmers and friends that exists at the market is something
that fills her with joy. Check it out yourself on her cheese
Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese Co.
rest of Episode 908