It’s National Milk Day! January 11 is believed to be the day milk deliveries in glass bottles began in the United States in 1878.
While the milk industry has certainly changed a lot over the years, today’s FLX Foodie Photo captured by Finger Lakes writer and photographer Matt Kelly celebrates how dairies have adapted to continue to provide this nutritious beverage to communities. This photo shows a calf being fed at Engelbert Farms in Nichols. Engelbert was the first organic dairy operation in the United States.
Lisa and Kevin Engelbert decided to apply for this certification—and received it in 1984—to take better care of their animals, as they explain in this article from the Fall issue. In 2001, Engelbert Farms started selling its organic milk to the Wisconsin-based farmer-owned cooperative called Organic Valley. They also produce high-quality cheeses made from milk from organic, pasture-raised cows.
Additionally, the Engelberts sell meats and vegetables straight to consumers at a shop located at the old Borden creamery in Nichols located at 263 W. River Rd. where you can also find locally-produced organic chicken, honey, maple syrup, organic flour, and pasta.
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