Photo credit:  Erin Kunkel

Photo credit: Erin Kunkel

Milk and The 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 Today, small-scale dairies are nearly gone from the Shenandoah landscape because of economic pressures and an outdated system for milk pricing.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.

The milk for Ballerino Creamery comes from Ambler Family Farm, a certified organic dairy with dairy roots six generations deep. Imagine that! Their beautiful farm located in Waynesboro, VA is the home to a small herd of much loved Jersey and Holstein cows. Carol and Ernie Ambler are devoted to these animals and each one has a name. For more information on the Ambler Family Organic Milk Share, send an email to: Amblerorganicmilk @ gmail . com