It is winter which lowers milk production, and Snowville Creamery’s dairy farmers have the highest proportion of their cows on maternity leave, not being milked, while they are in their last month or two of carrying their calves to birth.
When Snowville Creamery made the transition to all non-GMO feed and forage for their farmers’ cows last summer, we knew that Snowville could not balance our declining winter milk production by getting milk from the nearby old-fashioned dairy farm cooperative that had helped Snowville in the past. Even though they had grass grazed milk, they have not made the conversion to non-GMO feed and forage which we now require. The only ones now doing that are “certified organic” producers, but their milk is under contract to those that label as such. So, although we have been working with Amish and Mennonite farmers within a couple hours of the Creamery to find more good milk which meets our non-GMO standards, a shortage will still exist until spring. As Warren said in the PBS Victory Garden video, “more people want this milk than can be supplied”.
We have decided to temporarily suspend producing the smaller volume items of chocolate milk, and Gingamon, Coffee-Cardamom, and Lemon-Ginger yogurt until the milk supply increases sometime in March. We appreciate your patience regarding this aspect of seasonality and limited supply of outstanding milk.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding,
Warren and Victoria Taylor