Craig Ramini, owner of Ramini Mozzarella, died last week. Photo courtesy of Audrey Hitchcock

Craig Ramini, owner of Ramini Mozzarella, died last week. Photo courtesy of Audrey Hitchcock

The local food industry was rocked by the recent news that Craig Ramini, the founder of Ramini Mozzarella, died last week from a short battle with cancer.

News of his sickness filtered through the community when wife Audrey Hitchcock set up a fundraiser for his medical bills and announced she was suspending operations at the creamery — at least temporarily.

As the news sinks in, friends are working to help maintain the Tomales ranch and hope to garner enough support to keep Ramini’s dream alive. So far, nearly $16,000 has been raised, but much more is needed.

Donate online at gofundme.com/j9b7jc.

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