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Organic creamery taps expanding market

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Every week, the Green Mountain Organic Creamery bottles about 25,000 pounds of milk. That is about half the amount of milk produced by Kimball Brook Farm in North Ferrisburgh. The farm, and the creamery, are owned by JD and Cheryl DeVos, third generation dairy farmers who launched this new creamery last year.

"We went from 10 accounts to 200 accounts, so we are putting a lot of our milk through the plant vs. going raw to a national company," Cheryl DeVos said. "That is our big change basically."

The DeVos are leasing space in the old Saputo plant in Hinesburg.  Parts came from a creamery in Missouri that switched over to making cheese. Bottling their own milk is something they have wanted to do. It took four years of planning and lining up funding to accomplish the goal. "I think its worked out. We still have a lot of kinks to get out of the whole system even yet. It's a real big learning experience, not just on this side the production side, but really how to market and sell our milk. It's a big learning experience for someone who is just a farmer -- the two of us," DeVos said.

The Creamery has accounts throughout Vermont, including Price Chopper, and soon Shaws too. Fletcher Allen Health Care uses Green Mountain Organic Creamery milk in their cooking. They go through about 100 gallons a week. Lake Champlain Chocolates is also a client, using the farm's cream in their filled chocolates.  The accounts now stretch outside Vermont as well, including New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York.

And while they still sell about half of their raw milk to national processors, DeVos says pasteurizing, homogenizing and bottling their own brand is satisfying. "I just answered an email from someone in Massachusetts this morning and they were just saying they were so excited about our milk and they loved it and it was a great tasting milk and she actually took the time to write to me, so that makes me and all of us feel really happy about how our milk tastes and how everybody perceives it," she said.

The next step is to start selling their milk in glass bottles. Cheryl and JD say that is what some of their customers are asking for, so they will oblige.

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