Thursday, August 6, 2015

'Rumiano' is California's oldest family-owned cheese company

RVers coming out of Rumiano Cheese Co. in Crescent City. (Julianne G. Crane)
Sitting in a small coastal town near Pacific Coast Highway 101 is Rumiano Cheese Company, the oldest family-owned cheese company in California. It has been "hand rolling" artisan cheese for four generations.

"The success Rumiano Cheese Company has acquired over nearly 90 years can be credited to two important factors," according to third generation owners Baird and John Rumiano--"a talented and hard-working staff" and "a high-quality supply of milk."

  Production area behind glass wall. (Julianne G. Crane)
Rumiano’s cheese production takes place in Crescent City, located roughly 10 miles from the Oregon border in northern California.

The production facility also houses a small retail shop, showroom and a view of the production area through a glass wall.

In 2011, they launched their Rumiano Family Organic line, which is the first cheese in the U.S. market to receive Non-GMO Project Verification.

This is the "most wholesome cheese in the world," says  John Rumiano. The organic cheese can be found in select Whole Food Markets and natural food stores nationwide.

Rumiano Cheese Co. retail shop and showroom. (Julianne G. Crane)
The company receives its milk supply from independent third, fourth and fifth generation dairy farms all from within a 90-mile radius. The area’s mild climate and abundant rainfall stimulates feed growth and allows for year-round grazing. All of the milk used by Rumiano's is free of artificial hormones (rBST) and the cows are grass-fed, according to the website.

"At Rumiano Cheese we focus on what is good for the earth, and its inhabitants. Sustainability not only saves on costs but benefits our community and world."

“We have some of the finest milk in the nation here,” Baird Rumiano says. “It all comes down to good people, good ingredients and good products.”

Rumiano cheeses. (Julianne G. Crane)
If you go

Rumiano Cheese Company
511 9th St.
Crescent City, CA 95531

-- Julianne G. Crane

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Photos: Taken at Rumiano Cheese Company in Crescent City, Calif.  (Top) RVers Jimmy Smith of Oregon and Jane and Kevin Justis of Susanville, Calif., visited the Rumiano Cheese Shop. (Julianne G. Crane)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Camp 18 in northern Oregon includes a logging museum, good eats

Northern Lite camper at Camp 18 (Julianne G. Crane)
Traveling along Oregon Highway 26, west of Portland, you'll spot a huge rustic log-cabin restaurant and loggers' memorial at milepost 18.

There are hundreds of logging-related historic artifacts, tons of antique logging equipment, a logging museum, and generous servings of pretty darn good food--it is called Camp 18.

Camp 18 has ample RV parking. (Julianne G. Crane)
The restaurant-museum complex is near the small rural community of Elsie and was a dream of Gordon and Roberta Smith.

Construction began in the early '70s with Gordon's friends joining him in the project.

Expansive interior of restaurant. (Julianne G. Crane)
The expansive architecture is authentic in materials and construction techniques.

It features an 85-foot ridgepole (see ceiling) that’s the largest such piece in the United States. It weighs approximately 25 tons and if cut would have 5,600 board feet of lumber in it.

Authentic logging equipment  (Julianne G. Crane)
History buffs interested in the evolution of logging in the northwest will find plenty of outdoor displays including "multiple steam donkeys such as a Dolbeer single spool, a very early first-generation model, to a high-tech late-model Willamette compound geared yarder that was the height of technology for its day.

Logging Memorial (Julianne G. Crane)
"Other displays on site include a large bandsaw from a sawmill, a self-propelled Ohio steam crane, Caterpillar-style tracked vehicles that worked in the woods, a railroad skeleton log car and other heavy equipment plus a wide variety of large and small hardware," according to Camp 18's webpage.

Jimmy Smith in Loggers Memorial. (Julianne G. Crane)
The most recent addition to the complex is the Loggers Memorial located "in a beautiful setting befitting those whose dedication to our forests ... will forever be enshrined. This is an opportunity for families and friends to memorialize individuals ... who’ve made logging their work, their passion or their life."

For complete information about the Loggers' Memorial project, click here.

 If you go:

Camp 18 Restaurant & Loggers Memorial
42362 Highway 26
Elsie, Oregon 97138
Hours of operation are:
Sunday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

There is plenty of large RV-size parking in the lot.

-- Julianne G. Crane

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Photos: (Chick on images to enlarge.) External and interior photos of Camp 18 Restaurant. Some of the authentic logging equipment on display. Jimmy Smith reading through brief bios of dozens of loggers, many of whom died working in the woods. (Julianne G. Crane)