Sometimes the best things are hard to find. Take Sassy Cow Creamery, for example. This new dairy opened just over a year ago, bringing farmstead milk and ice cream to very happy Southern Wisconsin residents.
Getting to there proves to be a worthwhile challenge. Google directions send you about 15 miles out of the way, or 20 if you are like me and turn the wrong way on Bristol Rd. Let’s just say that Bristol Road offers lots of options, starting, stopping and turning many times throughout the farmland. It reminded me of my favorite childhood book series, Choose Your Own Adventure. Except that only one option has a really fun outcome. That option is left.
Once you get to the dairy, prepare for a relaxing ice-cream eating experience. The view is beautiful, and the ice cream is delicious. Stop in for farm-fresh milk, or locally produced cheeses, jams and meats. Despite that fact that we live in dairy country, it is hard to find a dairy farm that still produces AND bottles milk on-site.
Not All Milk is Created On-farm
Unless you have a dairy farm, you probably don’t think about which particular cow or cows your milk comes from. In most cases it would be impossible; milk is usually shipped from dozens of dairies to a central processing facility before it ever reaches the grocery store. Luckily, a resurgence of farmstead milk and on-farm bottling gives us an opportunity to make fresh and healthy choices.
Sassy Cow Creamery, located in Columbus, WI, is one of a growing number of local dairies that are producing farmstead milk. James and Robert Baerwolf, the brothers who own and operate the creamery, offer both traditional and organic rBGH-free milk and milk products (a.k.a. ‘delicious ice cream’) from their two herds. By tagging each bottle of milk with the name and photo of the wide-eyed, fuzzy-nosed supplier, they have ensured a personal connection between their farm and your stomach. Thanks, Tessa, for this week’s milk!
Knowing where our food comes from, specifically the energy, chemicals and labor that go into producing and transporting it, allows us to make choices that support sustainable agriculture, healthy food and our local economy. Sassy Cow milk is one such product that deserves our support. The beauty of Sassy Cow milk is that you don’t have to go to the creamery to enjoy it, though I recommend it as a fun (and adventurous) family outing. Local and regional stores and restaurants have been quick to pick up their fresh milk and scrumptious ice cream. With flavors like Dark Cherry Chocolate and Caramel Brownie, it’s hard to go wrong.
By the way, the better way to get to the dairy, in terms of time and gas mileage, is Highway N, straight off of 151. Follow it until you see the bright red dairy store. You can’t -- and don’t want -- to miss it!
Visit Sept. 20th at Sassy Cow Creamery for South Central WI's Home Grown Food Festival – hay rides to the dairy farm as well as a market, and of course ice cream. Also SSC will be at the Food For Thought Festival Sept 26 on Capitol Square.
W4192 Bristol Rd.
Columbus, WI 53925
608-837-7766 / 608-445-2010