From the Dairybarn

From the Dairybarn

Contributors to the chapter: From the Dairybarn

Here are four of the state’s micro-dairies selling creamline milk in glass jars:

Calder Dairy
1020 Southfield Road, Lincoln Park, MI 48146
(313) 381-8858
The dairy store is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and ice cream parlor is noon to 9 p.m. daily. Calder Diary is the granddaddy of the micro-creameries.

Cream Cup Dairy
7377 Feldhak Road, Kaleva, MI 49645-9653
(231) 889-4158
In 2005, David Miller, figured he had to go big or micro-small because paying someone to haul the milk away was eating away the bottom line. For several years, he shipped milk as a bulk commodity, but began to bottle and sell on his own almost five years ago. “People tell me they like the taste of the milk because it’s full of cream,” David says. He attributes that to his slow vat pasteurization in which the milk is heated in a vat (or tank) to 145 degrees retaining the organisms that grow slowly and produce spores the good stuff that can be obliterated with ultra pasteurization. Dave milks just 12 cows, bottling the old-fashioned cream line (full fat) milk into glass jars available at the farm and independent retail markets in Ludington, Manistee and Benzonia.

Hilhof Dairy, Organic Dairy Products
468 160th Avenue, Hersey, MI 49639
(231) 832-1313
Farm store open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Sunday. Hilhof Dairy’s Connie Straathof said “We’re doing milk the old-fashioned way. We try to make it as pure as we can. It’s all non-homogenized (which) means you can digest it easier.”

Shetler Dairy
5436 Tyler Rd. SE, Kalaska, MI, 49646
(231) 258-8216
Farm store open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. “There’s a world of difference in our glass-bottled, farm-fresh milk,” says Sally Shetler of Shetler Dairy.

Amish Cheese: Farm Country Cheese House
7263 Kendaville Road, Lakeview, MI 48850
The retail store is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. To watch cheese-making in progress, visit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For group tours, contact (989) 352-7779.

Producers in the Michigan Cheese Makers Cooperative:

Cowslip Creamery
826 Luce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids,  MI 49534
(616) 726-2462

Dancing Goat Creamery
10385 Wilson Ave. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
(616) 878-7961

Evergreen Lane Farm and Creamery
1824 68th St., Fennville, MI 49408
(269) 543-9900

Four Corners Creamery
102 East Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh, MI 49286
(517) 423-6000

Grassfields Cheese
14238 60th Ave., Coopersville, MI 49404
(616) 997-8251

Greenbush Farms
8003 N. Scott Road, St. Johns, MI 48878
(989) 224-3432

Greystone Farm and Creamery
14325 Jerusalem Road, Chelsea, MI 48118
(734) 475-9560

Leelanau Cheese Company
10844 E. Revold Road, Suttons Bay, MI 49682
(231) 271-2600

Mattawan Artisan Creamery
22884 44th Ave., Mattawan, MI 49071
(269) 668-4218

Michigan State University Dairy
Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-7713 ext. 179

Zingerman’s Creamery
3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 929-0500

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One comment on “From the Dairybarn

  1. Hello, and congratulations, it looks really good. We have a new web site: Leelanau . I don;t know if it is too late to correct it, if you can that would be great. And sorry, but we will not be able to come to the opening. Thank you. Anne Hoyt

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