Sunny Meadows Dairy, Homer

Grass-fed Cheese Produced in Small Batches by Wilbur Yoder, an Amish Farmer

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Amish farmer, Wilbur Yoder produces Sunny Meadows Dairy cheese in small batches, collecting milk from other local  Amish farmers. Most of the dairy farms have between 8-10 cows that they milk by hand. 

All the cows are pastured in summer and only given grass/alfalfa mix, dry hay in the winter. They do not receive any grain, silage or baleage. The cows are a mix of Guernsey, Holstein and Jersey, making for high-butter fat milk. The cows are never given any antibiotics or hormones. 

The milk is filtered and poured in stainless-steel cans and then chilled in a cold water bath to 38 degrees. Warm milk is never mixed with cold milk, which makes a higher-quality product, says Wilbur. The cheese is produced using a microbial rennet with no added colors, flavors, or preservatives. 

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