Hudson Valley Fresh Delivers Quality and Sustainability: Cooperative family-owned and -operated local dairy
Apr 02, 2016 04:38PM
The Hudson River Valley has a long and proud agricultural heritage. One of the many organizations keeping that heritage alive is Hudson Valley Fresh, a cooperative of nine family-owned and -operated dairy farms serving the Mid-Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City, northern New Jersey and western Connecticut.
Presently, its main business is producing premium-quality dairy products: whole, skim, low-fat and chocolate milk, along with half and half, heavy cream, sour cream and yogurt. Other Hudson Valley food products are available online at HVDairy.com. A strong supporter of sustainable agriculture, the co-op currently preserves 7,000 acres of open land. Its mission is to secure living wages for its farmers and their families.
The farms represented by Hudson Valley Fresh have been recognized locally as well as nationally for the quality of milk they produce—a result of outstanding genetics in their respective breeds of Jersey, Holstein, Guernsey and Brown Swiss. Blending the milk from these breeds produces sweet and fresh-tasting whole milk. None of the cows is given the hormone R-BST to produce more milk; the co-op’s farmers rely on “good nutrition and cow comfort” to create a premium product.