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Butter is back, plus a new product!

Someone cue the Hallelujah Chorus, butter is back in the Jako Farm store! Thank you for patiently waiting for that gloriously yellow goodness.

If Jako Farm had a mascot, it would be butter. Did you know butter was the first dairy product made at Jako Farm?

When Ken transitioned from selling commodity milk to direct marketing, he started by making and shipping butter.  Here’s a flashback to 1998 with Daniel in the milk house experimenting with butter making. Fortunately we’ve moved past using Judy’s kitchen blender, but that’s how it all started.

Now, Ken puts fresh cream in the mixer…

Whips it until it becomes whipped cream…

… and after a lot of mixing, we have butter and buttermilk. He then drains off the buttermilk, does a few washes with water, and then adds the salt.  Finally, Ken presses the butter into tubs and it heads to the freezer.

As we’ve seen you in the farm store in recent weeks, many of you have sheepishly asked, “Do you have butter yet?”.  It’s so fun to hear your favorite ways to eat JakoPure butter! 
Here are a few top contenders:
◾ By the spoonful – it’s like candy!
◾ On homemade bread, fresh from the oven.
◾ In coffee instead of cream or milk (but that’s tasty too!)
◾ Make a crustless pecan pie snack – mix butter, crush up a few pecans, and add maple syrup. This was new to me, YUM!

◾ I give it to my toddler before bed to help him sleep longer.

What’s your favorite way to eat butter? I’d love to hear from you!

Cottage cheese is here!

We’re thrilled to have cottage cheese in the farm store. Kaydee, the newest Jako Farmer, made some and brought it to lunch recently. It was so tasty, we unanimously agreed it had to be made for the farm store. We would love to hear your feedback. Too dry?? Too salty?? We really want to know.

Both butter and cottage cheese started out as small scale experiments in our home kitchens. There is something empowering about growing or making your own food. It has been wonderful to hear how many of you are working to grow more of your own food or support a local person growing it for you.
And really, let me know what you think of the cottage cheese and tell me about your favorite way to eat JakoPure butter. We’re all on this pure food journey together.
P.S. We are restocked with beef cuts, too!
For all of us at Jako Farm,