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Yes, you read that correctly. We're reopening for tours.

We've missed you, especially Frank, our Border Collie and honorary tour guide. The farm hasn't been the same without the on-site support of our tour guests and supporters. We're excited to announce Stepladder Ranch & Creamery is reopening, but things will look a little different from previous years...

We plan to host tours 4 times per year with 2 groups per day. Remaining tours for 2022 including Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 5) and Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day (Monday, Oct. 10).

Tour guests can visit various stations set up around the property to meet the goats, learn more about what happens inside the creamery, taste the cheese and more. Tours are by reservation only. No walk-ins.

Cheese Club members, Goat Sponsors and active bundle subscription holders will get priority in tour reservations (please note this will not guarantee a tour but, give you access to priority booking). We expect these tours to sell out. Additional tour dates for 2023 will be announced later this year.

Read below for additional details and FAQs.

We're Reopening!

Get all the details from Stepladder Creamery owners, Michelle and Jack Rudolph.

Remaining 2022 Tour Dates

Join us Monday, Sept. 5 and Monday, Oct. 10 for remaining 2022 tours. We will open up the afternoon session time when the morning session has filled to capacity. As a reminder, tours are by reservation only. No walk-ins accepted.

Creamery Tours FAQs

Why did tours stop?

We stopped hosting tours during the pandemic due to constantly changing state regulations and the safety of our team and farm residents. We understand that tours are a huge part of our brand and history and decided now was a safe time to reopen.

How are tours different from before?

Tours are now a less formal event instead of a structured tour of the property. Visitors will still be able to enjoy behind-the-scenes access to our goats, an inside look at cheesemaking and taste 3-4 of our cheeses available. We also will have a shop on site for cheese, membership and merch purchases. Tours remain by reservation only and walk-ins are not accepted.

What’s included in the tour?

Ticket price includes access to the Stepladder Ranch and Creamery property; interactions with the goats/viewing of the goat herd’s various pastures; Q&A/history to learn more about how we make the cheese; tasting of 3-4 goat’s and cow’s milk cheeses and endless selfie and photo opps.

How do you book a tour?

Tours can be purchased on our website using a valid credit card. If tours are sold out, you can be added to a waitlist via Tock and be notified about openings and future releases.

Tours are not open to the public without a reservation. We do not accept walk-ins.  

What Covid-19 precautions are you taking?

Our entire staff is fully vaccinated and the entire tour experience will happen outdoors in a well-ventilated area where you will be able to distance yourselves from others as you wish. There are also outdoor areas for handwashing and we will provide hand sanitizer. We also ask that anyone who is feeling sick for any reason or has a known exposure to Covid-19, or any other illness, to please stay home.

What do I bring on the tour?

This is a working farm/ranch - clothes and shoes have the possibility of getting dirty. We require wearing closed toe shoes for lots of walking. Depending on the time of year it can be really hot in the summer (70-80+ degrees) and cold in the winter (45-65 degrees). Wear/bring layers including jackets, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottles, etc. 

How are your tours for people with limited mobility?

Our farm is mostly on uneven terrain, so it can be a bit challenging to accommodate guests with limited mobility, though we will do our best to create a special experience for all guests on our farm.  Please get in touch for more details on navigating the tour with any special needs or accommodations.

Are animals, including service animals, allowed?

NO DOGS ALLOWED - NO EXCEPTIONS. Pets of any kind are not permitted on property. Lily and Gus, our herd protector dogs are trained to ward off intruding critters, which includes unfamiliar domesticated pets. If you bring a pet with you we will ask you to leave.

Refunds & cancellations

No refunds or cancellations. Reservations can be transferred, but we need at least 24 hours notice.

Tour start times are at exactly 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Guests can come and leave within your 2-hour tour window. If you show up late for your tour, we will not extend your time. 

All questions/changes to your tour must be handled at least 24 hours prior to your tour. Our property doesn’t have great cell service from Cambria to the farm, so everything must be handled in advance. 

Cost

Tours are $50 per person and $40 per person for Cheese Club members, Goat Sponsors and active subscription holders. Kids pay full price if they can walk or eat cheese. 

Other questions? 

If you have further questions about tours please email us at info@stepladdercreamery.com.  

Terms and conditions 

All tour guests are required to sign a liability waiver.

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