S U P P O R T F A R M E R S .
D R I N K M O R E M I L K.
B U Y R E A L D A I R Y.
The dairy industry is struggling right now, BIG time. With milk prices as low as they were in the 80's and feed prices as high as ever, it is terribly hard for us dairy farmers to make ends meet.
Now days consumers are pushing for "milk" substitutes without fully understanding the nutritional componets (or lack there of). Milk is nature's most perfect food. Milk’s ingredients and nutrients differ from popular non-dairy options like almond milk, cashew milk, or soy milk. Not all non-dairy options have the same nutrients as the nutrients in milk. For example, an eight-ounce glass of dairy milk provides eight times more naturally occurring protein than the same size serving of almond milk.
This country's rural landscapes are changing, with small dairies dropping like flys, and farms going out of business left and right, you the consumer can make a difference. You can choose to buy real dairy. You can choose to buy more dairy. Your choices impact us all.
We appreciate all of you who support our small dairy and creamery and we appreciate all of you who support the dairy industry!
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Glass or plastic?
When we began conceplating the idea of bottling milk, we had a divided house about whether to use glass or plastic containers. A few were adamant we use glass because it's perceived by consumers to be a superior product. The plastic side were worried about expenses relayed to our customers.
As we researched and researched and researched, we found glass bottles weren't a crystal-clear choice for Edgewood Creamery. The more we dove into glass, the more negative aspects kept shining through to us.
Below are our top reasons for not choosing glass:
• Reason No. 1 - Price-point for our customers. We produce very high-quality, grass-fed milk which is a premium product, and we felt charging for glass wouldn't be budget-friendly.
• Reason No. 2 - Reusability. Typically, glass bottles can only be reused an average of 5 times before they become etched, pitted or broken. We found this to be significantly less environmentally-friendly than recycling plastic containers.
• Reason 3 - Chemical use. The chemicals involved to clean and sanitize glass bottles are extremely corrosive dangerous.
• Reason 4 - Oxidation of milk. By using glass bottles, milk is at risk for light oxidation. This reaction between light and nutrients in the milk causes essential amino acids to break down. We want to maintain the high-quality milk we work so hard to produce for you!
• Reason 5 - Energy usage. It takes more energy to produce glass than plastic and transportation and handling of glass is much more difficult.
Thank you for taking the time to read! We understand each business has their own goals and standards, we chose the material we thought would best fit us and our customers!
As a side note: plastic from milk bottles is usually recycled into toothbrushes, flowerpots, toys, and consumer products packaging such as, liquid laundry products, household cleaners, shampoos, conditioners and skin care products.
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Who else is ready for spring?! 🙋♂️
As an intensive rotational grazing dairy, grass is the number one source of nutrition for our cows. During the winter months grass growth is pretty much non existent, so what do we do?
Well, we feed our cows grass and alfalfa hay. Our cows never get silage, due to the negative effects it has on milk taste and the cheesemaking process. The cows also receive specially formulated grain to keep their diet balanced. Don't you wish you had a personal chef to provide you with the best nutrition possible?
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Christmas and cookies go together perfectly, and you can’t eat a cookie without a cold glass of milk to wash it down. Each year the women in our family come together to make batches and batches of cookies for Christmas. We enjoy spending the quality time together and giving platters of cookies and goodies to our friends and neighbors makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside. Giving our homemade treats lets us share our Christmas cheer with others.
This year, we baked several batches of cookies well before our norm in preparation of our open house event at the creamery. We hosted Christmas at the Creamery for our second time and it was a huge success. We held farm tours, handed out a lot of hot chocolate and even had a milk and cookies booth. Anytime we have an event on the farm, its takes many days of groundwork, but the reward is well worth it. We enjoy being hospitable and helping to educate our guests about the dairy industry.
As a farm family and operators of our own creamery, we work hard all year long, and at times it feels like its all for not. However, each time we host an event we are reminded, that so many people enjoy coming to the farm where they get to experience the farm life for an afternoon. I have had countless people express their appreciation to our family for opening up our farm. They learn so much and greatly enjoy our family’s farm story. Hearing their praise and gratitude and seeing their cheerful smiles as they wave good-bye makes all our effort worthwhile.
So next time you sit-down and eat a cookie (or two) with a glass of milk, remember the farmers who work hard all year long to bring them to your table.
Wishing you all many thanks and a very Merry Christmas!
*** Chewy Ginger Snap Cookie recipe can be found here: ultimate-chewy-ginger-snaps
A cow's tongue is an amazing body part.
A cow only has front teeth on the bottom of their mouth - the top is a hard pad, but no teeth. So in order to eat grass, a cow can't bite it off like a horse, but they must rip it off with their tongue.
A cow's tongue is very rough-nearly like sandpaper. When a cow has an itch, she will use her tongue to scratch it.
Cows use their tongues for other things too -like licking their calves dry at birth or cleaning out their nose.
Edgewood Creamery's Ozark Mountain Blue is a natural rind blue cheese made from our grassfed cow's milk. It is cave aged for 3 months, resulting in a mold covered rind and an interior speckled with blue. The aging of the blue gives the cheese a sweet buttery, cream-like texture, with hints of nuttiness and a savory composition.
(Pictured: new blue, just added to the cave).
For traditional cloth-bound cheddars lard is applied to
the outside of the cloth. The cloth and lard allow the cheese
to breathe and protect it from damage and excessive
weight loss due to evaporation (drying) during aging,
as a natural rind forms on the cheese under the cloth.
During the course of maturation the lard itself is eaten
away by molds, leaving a dry, canvas-like surface in its wake.
Great tips to continue for the new year from Dairy Farmers of Washington, by: Chelsi Riordan.
If you’ve already Googled New Year’s Resolution Ideas, this is what you probably saw: eat less, sit less, spend less, read more, play more, meditate more, pick up a new hobby. For so many, New Year’s Resolutions conjure up the overwhelming idea of a complete lifestyle overhaul. Truth be told, it’s likely that many of your current habits can simply be reinforced to get you to a healthier you.
Our New Year’s Resolution Idea? Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt.
Give the gift of cheese this Christmas! Stop by our on-farm retail store or check out our online cheese shop!
10 Reasons to Shop Local This Christmas
1. Shopping Local supports our local economy. For every $100 spent in a locally owned store, $45 stays within the local economy and circulates through other local businesses creating jobs and positive economic development.
2. Small local businesses have access to unique local products that make great gifts for that special someone in your life. Supporting local businesses helps diversify our local economy by encouraging more entrepreneurs and more unique businesses.
3. Shopping local supports local charities. Local businesses support local organizations and charities that you depend on through their donations. Without your support, local businesses can’t help all the local philanthropic agencies that come calling. With your support, local businesses give back and help local causes.
4. Shopping local creates jobs. Small businesses are the nation’s largest employer, and according to the US Census Bureau, they create over 90% of all net new jobs. By supporting local small businesses, you create and retain jobs in our local area.
5. Supporting local business establishes our community leaders. What do most of our local elected officials have in common? They are small business owners or work as management within entrepreneurial style businesses.
6. Supporting local businesses creates the community that we want to see. When you spend money at a local business, you increase building occupancy rates, help establish new businesses and create vibrant local retail, service, restaurant and entertainment options. Local businesses reinvest the money you spend with them to help create a better local economy.
7. Local businesses support other local businesses. When you spend your money with a local retailer, they spend money with a local advertiser, their local accountant, a local bank, the local office supply store, local product suppliers and much more.
8. Shopping local is green. Less money spent on fuel and packaging means a lower carbon footprint. Less time in the car means more time with family, friends and enjoying life.
9. Shopping local supports local schools, infrastructure and services. The property and sales taxes generated through local businesses pay our local teachers, fire fighters, police and support local roads and other infrastructure. When you shop local, you are literally helping to build our community.
10. Shop local because we have many great local businesses that want to help you have a wonderful Christmas season. There is nothing quite like running into your friends and family as you shop your home town, and buying things from people that know and care about you. This holiday season, do more than just shop local. Invite your out of town friends and family to shop our community, and let’s have a wonderful Christmas season here in our rural community!
Here, Aubrey Fletcher, writes little cheese tid-bits or pieces about the farm. Enjoy!