Friday, November 07, 2008

Sassy Cows Make Good Milk

California may have "happy cows," but here in Wisconsin, we have sassy cows. And sassy cows make awesome milk.

Don't believe me? Then you need to try the bottled milk, ice cream and heavy cream from Sassy Cow Creamery, located on the Baerwolf farm between Sun Prairie and Columbus, Wis. (The website has a great listing of where to find the products in retail stores).

The Baerwolf's cows are so sassy, in fact, they now have their own collectible trading cards. Buy the milk and you can collect 18 cow personality cards that are real dairy cows living on the Baerwolf dairy farm. Who knew collecting cow cards could be so fun?

Sassy Cow Creamery has been bottling milk since it opened this spring, and is now making ice cream at its picturesque farmstead factory and retail store. If you live close by, stop by for this month's ice cream flavors: Apple Pie, Brownie Caramel and Pumpkin Praline.

I'd also recommend Sassy's chocolate milk, which just won first place at the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest with a perfect score of 100 points. The Expo contest is the third largest contest in the world and the only one to include all types of dairy products, so earning first place -- much less with a perfect score -- is a VERY big deal.

If you live close enough, I'd also recommend trekking to the farmstead store to buy an array of local Wisconsin products, including local farmstead cheeses, packaged goods and specialty foods. It's a great place to do some holiday shopping, and the kids can watch milk being bottled through the display window right in the store.

One last heads up for an upcoming event at the Sassy Cow Creamery -- on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the farm will be making churned cream. Fresh samples will be available and kids can even make their own butter. Sounds like a sassy kind of day.

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