Photo credit:  Erin Kunkel

Photo credit: Erin Kunkel

Milk Future

Staunton, Virginia was once a center for dairy processing. Milk from family-run dairies flowed into town to be transformed into bottled milk, ice cream, butter, buttermilk and cheese. Today, small-scale dairies are nearly gone from the Shenandoah landscape because of economic pressures and an outdated system for milk pricing. Those remaining likely sell to a coop which has little incentive to support small scale farmers. Fewer and fewer young people are entering the profession. In an effort to be part of the solution, Ballerino Creamery is determined to be an alternative to the coop model. As a licensed dairy manufacturer, we are a place that can purchase milk directly from local farmers. A direct sale elevates a dairy from anonymous to recognized and accountable.

Herd Share

The milk for Ballerino Creamery comes from Ambler Family Farm, a dairy with dairy roots six generations deep. Imagine that! Their beautiful farm located between Fishersville and New Hope, just outside of Staunton. They run a small herd of much loved Jersey and Holstein cows. Each cow has a name.

If you are interested in enjoying fresh raw milk packed in glass bottle, you can join the Ambler’s Herd Share program. $36 / month gets you one ice cold, cream-top gallon each week. To join the Ambler’s Herd Share, send an email to Carol Ambler: Amblerorganicmilk @ gmail . com