This post and buttermilk pie recipe are sponsored by Organic Valley – A co-op of over 2,000 family owned farms that produce eggs, butter, milk and cheese. I am thrilled to partner with Organic Valley! Find our full disclosure here.
Hello there! Organic Valley milk has always been a regular staple purchase for our family – that said, you can imagine how much I enjoyed attending the Farm Discovery Day in Goodhue County, MN a few weeks ago. Like many of you who have driven by or even been on a farm before, I thought I knew the production story of the milk that I buy at the grocery store. At Organic Valley’s Farm Discovery Day I got to experience firsthand the ins and outs of this incredible company, a farming cooperative of over 2,000 small family farms headquartered in WI.
The day was jam packed and fun-filled with hands on learning experiences, delicious food and product tastings, fresh air and good people. I came away with a greater appreciation for what it means to be certified organic and for Organic Valley’s cooperative model. To top it off, my belly was full of tasty treats. P.S. If you’ve never had Organic Valley’s chocolate milk, you must! It is da best!
First, I should clarify what it means to be certified organic because it was one of my key questions of the day –
All Organic Valley products are USDA certified organic. That means they never use GMOs, synthetic hormones, antibiotics or toxic pesticides in their production.
Their small family farms refrain from the use of toxic pesticides and insecticides, and instead rely on sustainable methods of pest control. These methods keep the soil healthy and improve the amount of minerals and nutrients in the crops on the land.
Pasture-raised farming is based on the simple idea that happy, healthy animals make for better, more nutritious food for the consumer. Organic is a sustainable practice.
Because when you respect the land, it returns the favor in so many healthy and delicious That’s why their cows have plenty of room to roam and eat grass just as they would in nature. The benefits of organic farming go beyond their tasty products and healthy animals. Organic pastures reduce runoff, build living soils and take carbon out of our atmosphere. Organic Valley has over 2,000 in the co-op across the country, all working towards a more sustainable food system. Pretty dang cool.
Secondly, I was incredibly impressed that a company as large as Organic Valley would invite the public to come onto the farm and “look under the hood” so-to-speak to see how these well-loved dairy products are produced.
I got to meet and greet some of the actual ladies (the cows) that produce the milk used to make that tasty chocolate milk I mentioned earlier as well. I also go to see a calf being born, which was definitely a highlight of the day. When I wasn’t avoiding cow pies in-pasture and eating a farm-to-table lunch overlooking where the cows were also munching away, I got to make my own butter from Organic Valley cream and speak to several Organic Valley employees.
The Company’s willingness to provide access to its farmers, be open and honest about how product is made and provide a look into its superb animal care standards definitely won my heart…not to mention my belly. And Nate’s heart (his belly was won years ago with the chocolate milk).
It is evident that Organic Valley has a lot to be proud of. The best part of the day was knowing that this was a company committed to providing product that we, as consumers, can taste the difference in everyday! Guys, I know you couldn’t be there with us, but believe me when I say it was really awesome to see. You would have loved it!
Finally, I loved interacting with these happy cows in their pasture. They seemed so content – eating, enjoying the sunshine and strolling through the grass.
Pretty ladies I made friends with – Named Happy and Fur.
Blair was the friendliest. I thought for sure I was going to capture a tongue licking my camera, but she was more interested in the grass (have you seen the length of a cow’s tongue? It’s crazy long)!
This is the calf that was born right there in the maternity barn over the course of the day we were there. It stood up for the first time while I watched. Such a sweet sighting and what a wonderful experience for those who attended the Farm Discovery Day.
There were several interactive activities to participate in, particularly for young children! My favorite was making butter in a jar. An Organic Valley employee poured the heavy cream into a small jar and then had us shake the jar until the cream separated into butter and buttermilk. And then, of course, we were given crackers to enjoy our handmade butter with. Soo good. Making butter and seeing the kids learn about how buttermilk and butter were made reminded me of an old-fashioned buttermilk pie recipe my grandma used to make. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the delicious, high quality butter from Organic Valley than this beloved family recipe. Hope you enjoy!
This old-fashioned buttermilk pie recipe relies on quality buttermilk and butter to bring you delicious, rich flavor that you will love. Be sure to use Organic Valley’s butter and buttermilk for the best flavor! Find where you can pick up Organic Valley products near you http://ov.coop/findov. And, if you have any questions…ask. I learned a lot – what I don’t know, I’ll find out!
Old-fashioned Buttermilk Pie
- 1 pie crust
- 1/2 cup Organic Valley butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup Organic Valley buttermilk
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Beat the sugar and butter together for about 3 minutes.
- And the eggs and vanilla to the sugar and butter mixture, beat just until combined.
- In a small bowl, stir the dry ingredients together.
- Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the buttermilk into the sugar and butter mixture. Beat until it’s smooth. Do NOT overbeat.
- Pour into prepared pie crust.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
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