Kearneysville West Virginia Dairy Farm Wins 2017 Rural Innovation Award
Walnut Hill Farm Creamery, a small, family-owned and operated cow dairy farm in Kearneysville, W.Va.,
has been recognized as a 2017 Rural Innovation Award Winner. Owned by Mark and Donna Butcher, the farm is known for its all-natural milk and home delivery service. The Butchers received the award during the 13th Annual Forum for Rural Innovation, a cooperative educational event organized by area agricultural economic development and cooperative extension organizations.
Currently, Walnut Hill Farm Creamery is the only cow dairy in West Virginia that bottles its own milk. The all-natural, cream-line whole milk is produced by registered Holsteins and Brown Swiss cows that are fed a high-forage, non-GMO diet without artificial hormones. The Butchers pasteurize and bottle the milk on-site using a low temperature for a longer length of time which allows more beneficial enzymes to remain. Averaging 4 percent butterfat, the milk is not homogenized so the cream rises to the top of the bottle.
Originally published at blog.jcda.net.