Town and Country Producer Profile: Twin Brook Creamery

October 31, 2011

Intro

My local Town and Country Market has the occasional Producer Profile available at the store.  I’ve started picking a few of them up to showcase here on the blog.  See below for the text of the profile and click on the picture to view the original profile that I’ve scanned.  Note that the information available on this post is not NW Farm Review’s opinion or original writing and while it may or may not represent our views it is soley taken from Town and Country Market.

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Twin Brook Creamery, nestled in the shadow of the Cascade Mountain Range in Lynden, WA, is afifth-generation family farm.  The Stap family raises purebred registered Jersey cows because this breed produces milk with a higher protein and butterfat content, which significantly enhances the flavor of the milk.  The cows are pastured for as long as the season allows, and eat grass harvested from the farm during the non-growing season.  To preserve the milk’s rich flavor, it is minimally processed and bottled in glass bottles. Rather than being pasteurized at high temperatures, Twin Brook milk is vat pasteurized at a low temperature. And whereas most milk is homogenized, this cream-at-the-top milk is not so that you can enjoy it in its most natural form.  We offer half-gallons, chocolate milk, half &half and whipping cream from Twin Brook Creamery.  There is a $1.65 deposit on the glass bottles.

Twin Brook Creamery near Lynden, WA

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Tillamook

January 30, 2011

Summary:

John here, and I will admit, Tillamook has had a special place in my heart for many years.  I don’t know how many gallons of yogurt of theirs I’ve eaten over the years, nor how many pounds of cheese (I don’t buy smaller than 2lb bricks).  I will personally admit however that I rarely buy their yogurt now as it contains too much added sugar and preservatives.  Their cheese however is still consumed mightily.

Overall, Tillamook seems to have a focus on cow health, they talk about reducing cow stress because it affects the quality of milk.  They talk about the various grasses and pastures used by the various local farmers (~110 different dairy farms).  So if those farms have quality standards, then so does Tillamook brand products.  Tillamook states that all farms are required to adhere to their strict standards of animal and milk care.

Products:

  • Cheese (Flavor Variety)
  • Ice Cream (Flavor Variety)
  • Yogurt (Flavor Variety)
  • Sour Cream (Normal, Light, FatFree, ‘Natural’)
  • Butter (Salted and Unsalted)

Standards:

  • No Hormones
  • No Antibiotics
  • Feed is a mixture of forage, grasses, grains and corn silage.
  • Co-op, so different farms may have different standards, but seems to have many grass fed cattle.

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Smith Brothers Farms

January 11, 2011

Summary:

Smith Brothers Farms has a soft spot with both Heather and I.  Despite growing up in different regions in Washington, we both grew up on Smith Brothers milk.  It is, was and will most likely continue to be simply delicious.  Before the days of “USDA Organic” milk Smith Brothers Farms distributed some of the best quality milk I can remember.  From reviews of friends & family it only seems that their tradition as continued to produce quality milk, whether organic or not.

That being said, we do not know for sure what their current practices are for their non-organic products and will need to be verified.

Products:

  • Organic Eggs (Brown XL)
  • Eggs (White XL)
  • Butter
  • Sour Cream
  • Milk (Whole, 2%, 1%, Fat Free, Acidophilus, Chocolate Milk)
  • Organic Milk (Whole, 2%, 1%, Fat Free)

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Fresh Breeze Organic Dairy

January 11, 2011

Summary:

Fresh Breeze Organic Dairy is a Lynden based Dairy Farm, certified Organic processor and producer of Milk and other dairy products.  They are a small, family farm, with under 200 milking cows and 400 acres of land.  Their dairy however is not specifically Grass Fed as the cows are in the pasture only as weather permits between April and October of every year.

They Vat Pasteurize on site.

No information available about Raw Milk on their website but more information will be available once contact is made.

Dairy Products:

  • Whole Milk
  • 2% Reduced Fat Milk
  • 1% Lowfat Milk
  • Fat Free Milk
    • Available in gallons and half gallons
  • Half & Half
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
    • Available in gallons, half gallons, quarts, and pints

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