From Farm to Fridge Supporting Alabama’s Dairy Industry

From Farm to Fridge Supporting Alabama’s Dairy Industry

From walking the tranquil pastures, bottle feeding calves, or even trying your hand at milking, visiting a dairy farm creates memorable experiences for your family. Getting exposed to our states dairy industry and seeing the process from cow to bottle is sure to stick with you forever, or atleast a while if you take a fresh gallon of milk home. Getting your boots dirty at a local dairy is an outing that's sure to be educational and utterly enjoyable!

Dairy farms are part of Alabama's rural heritage. Many dairy farms have been passed down through generations, celebrating local agriculture and fostering community pride.

 

Circle J Dairy

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Circle J Dairy in Gordo got a new start in 2019 after Jessica Vails revamped the property from the commercial milk business her grandfather started in 1995 to a private dairy farm. Fueled with a love of being able to provide local dairy to the people of Alabama Circle J Dairy is just getting started.

She continued Circle J Dairy’s family touch with what she deems the most rewarding experience for her as a dairy farmer, working alongside her family. Circle J Dairy is family owned and operated currently receiving no outside help. Vails cherishes the farm to table journey of the milk from her cows to the hands and homes of people in her community.

 

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“At a local dairy you get to see where your milk comes from, the dairy’s process and how they treat their cows.” said Vails.

Customers visiting the dairy don’t just pick up milk or merchandise at their on-site family store, they get to embark on an experience as soon as they step out of the car.

 

Blue Ribbon Dairy

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Blue Ribbon Dairy is a woman-owned family farm where Michaela Sanders stands as the 4th generation to milk on the farm. She tends to cows in the same barn her great-grandfather built in 1947. With her mother and father helping in daily operations, it is truly a family affair.

 

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Blue Ribbon Dairy invites you to “Taste the Difference” in buying local dairy. Blue Ribbon Dairy is a Grade A dairy farm with on-farm processing offering high-quality, wholesome cream-line milk from their cows.

They offer whole milk and whole chocolate milk vat pasteurized and non-homogenized. They heat milk at the lowest legal temperature to be sure they can retain more of the milk's natural flavor and nutritional components compared to more intense pasteurization techniques.

“Our milk goes from cow to jug in just 24 short hours. It’s cream-line milk, old-fashioned goodness.” said Wilson.

 

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They not only sell their dairy products at local grocery stores and their on-site farm store, but they also handle the entire process from pasteurizing and bottling the milk to delivering the finished product to stores. Additionally, they use their milk to craft premium homemade ice cream available in over 15 different flavors. Visitors are welcome to come watch the cows being milked and help bottle feed calves at 3:30 p.m. daily.

 

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Visiting a Sweet Grown Alabama dairy farm will leave a lasting impression on how valuable it is to buy local!

Find local dairy farms and farm stands that carry local milk at SweetGrownAlabama.org

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