Certified 100% Grass Fed
The short story: we’re organic grass-fed dairy farmers, turned yogurt makers.
The longer story spans twelve years of hard work and constant challenges. Many told us we were crazy to try to make milk with “just” grass, but we knew that what we were doing with our cows was the right thing. We made yogurt with our milk for our kids—and it turned out pretty good, so we began selling it in 2009, and founded Maple Hill Creamery.
Over the past few years, we’ve grown from a completely family-run operation to a thriving manufacturer of nationally distributed whole milk dairy products. Although we’ve brought on production, sales, and marketing staff, everyone in the family still pitches in on a daily basis, and are key to decisions big and small.
Running a certified 100% grass-fed dairy production company means that we’re not solely focused on the bottom line—or having the most shelf space in the yogurt aisle. To us, business “success” is also defined by a company’s values and production practices. We believe that when we use milk from only certified organic, 100% grass-fed cows to make our products, we help to support and grow a regenerative food system that is more beneficial to the land, the animals, and the farmers—and that it happens to make for the most delicious-tasting dairy products around, too!
Our company headquarters are located in the village of Kinderhook NY, though many of our sales and marketing team members work remotely from home across the country.
We once manufactured all of our products on site at our creamery in Stuyvesant, NY, but quickly outgrew the facility and its capabilities as we began to add more products. Thankfully, we were able to find dedicated partners to manufacture our products, including Grafton Village Cheese (Grafton, VT), Antonio Mozzarella (Newark, NJ), Byrne Dairy (Cortland, NY) and Sunrise Dairy (Norwich, NY).
All of the farms in the Maple Hill Milkshed are small, family-owned-and-run operations, and all are located in New York state. As of July of 2016, our farms number just over 70, and we estimate we’ll have close to 100 farms by the beginning of 2017. The majority of the farms who joined Maple Hill have transitioned from conventional grass-fed (meaning no organic certification and some grain) or certified organic (organic grain and seasonal pasture) to third-party certified 100% grass-fed AND certified organic.
Our hardworking and dedicated farmers are the backbone of Maple Hill. With their help, we aim to create and sustain a truly regenerative dairy system that rewards farmers financially and prioritizes the health of dairy cows and the earth.
We’re pleased to say that we now have a wide national distribution. In addition to the many wonderful independent retailers who have supported Maple Hill from the beginning, we are now also found at Whole Foods Markets, Sprouts Farmers Markets, EarthFare, Natural Grocers / Vitamin Cottage, PCC Natural Markets, Stop & Shop, Shaw’s, Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, SuperTarget, Walmart, BJs, Costco—bringing our organic 100% grass-fed whole milk dairy products to every type of consumer across the nation.
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Maple Hill Creamery products can be ordered through several national and numerous regional distributors. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.