I think it’s safe to say that I’m not a member of the Vegan Society. Yesterday I posted about beef and sausage sliders (yum) and today I’m serious about yogurt. Both not vegan. (If you are vegan, do not fear. I will be touting the glories of all things fruits and vegetables soon enough.)
As I was eating breakfast this morning (yes, yogurt), I fought with myself over the fact that so soon in my blogging career I could not post about something as trivial as yogurt. Should yogurt receive the honor of my third post ever? As I licked my spoon clean, I said yes, a thousand times yes, because this yogurt is the most magnificent yogurt I have ever eaten.
I know that some people equate yogurt with miniscule diet containers or fruit on the bottom or even the trendy “new” Greek-style yogurt that popped up a couple years ago. I equate this particular yogurt with pure unabashed joy.
I found it at the Dutch Country Famer’s Market (they have a dairy section, complete with Amish butter and homemade cottage cheese). The yogurt container reads, “Pequea Valley Farm.” After doing a little research, I found that the farm is located in Ronks, PA (Lancaster County, of course) and operated by a guy named Abner, so you know this must be some good yogurt! Grass fed, hormone-free, antibiotic-free cows make the milk that makes the yogurt and you can taste the difference. It’s tangy, silky, creamy and milky, the perfect consistency, not too thick and not too sweet—seriously good. While the yogurt comes in a lot of flavors, like blueberry, dark cherry, peach, lemon, maple, and plain, I can only vouch for the deliciousness of the blueberry and dark cherry.
What is the cost of such a tasty treat? A mere $4.49 for a 32 ounce container, about fifty cents more than the organic stuff I usually buy. Fifty cents well spent, because while I’m eating the entire container for breakfast in my Delaware kitchen, Abner is one state away, putting a little money in his pocket and making us more yogurt. That is serious business.
You are lucky that you have a place to purchase dairy products near you. I haven’t been able to find a local milk or yogurt seller. I’ve thought about making my own yogurt and we’ve also thought about getting our own goat. :o) A friend of ours wants to go in on a cow, but they have WAY too much milk for 2 couples and I don’t think it would be cost effective and would take too much labor. Thanks for the great posts Rachel! Look forward to reading more about local foods. If our garden doesn’t do well this year we will be buying our veggies from the local Farmer’s Market and canning/freezing them ourselves. You should consider preserving your own too. It isn’t hard at all….just takes some time.
A goat?? That would be awesome! I want chickens, but we live in a townhouse, so I don’t think my very close neighbors would appreciate it. I am lucky in that Lancaster County, PA is close by–the Amish are true locavores!
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Loving Lancaster & all that it has to offer, especially the great farm foods and country Amish stores.
I am sitting here eating a container of Pequea Valley Farms Chocolate Yogurt and it is divine to say the least.
Never had the chocolate but they sell it at the local Amish farmers market. Now I have to try it.
I just bought the exact same yogurt at the Amish Market in South Jersey and got the plain. It is very good!
Best yogurt ever! Cannot eat any other kind since I found Pequea Valley Farm yogurt!