COLUMBUS, Wis. — When you hear “America’s Dairyland” or “cheeseheads” — these words are synonymous with Wisconsin and illustrate how the state’s dairy products enrich our lives.
During June Dairy Month, get a behind-the-scenes look into Sassy Cow Creamery, just north of Sun Prairie, Wis., to experience the cow-to-creamery story of one area dairy farm.
Attendees will take in “a day in the life on the dairy” at the Baerwolf family farm by seeing firsthand how cows produce milk that is made into award-winning ice cream and bottled into organic and traditional milk fresh from the dairy.
Every day, it’s all about the cows at Sassy Cow Creamery, and during June Dairy Month, you can salute the 500 dairy cows speckling the rural landscape at the Baerwolf family farm. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 23, this farmstead creamery welcomes the entire family to the farm. See the dairy cows producing milk, meet a baby calf, tour the farmstead creamery and enjoy delicious local, award-winning Sassy Cow Creamery favorites from premium ice cream to cheese curds.
Indulge in homegrown favorites from premium ice cream to sipping all-new, low-fat chocolate milk while experiencing firsthand a dairy farm.
“Enjoy a day of summer on the farm while savoring the tastes of Sassy Cow Creamery and local foods,” said James Baerwolf, along with his brother, Robert Baerwolf. “It’s a family fun day at our dairy and farmstead creamery celebrating how Wisconsin’s $26.5 billion dairy industry enriches the lives of all consumers and brings a full-circle connection to the source of their dairy products — the cows.”
The whole family can take in hands-on learning activities and local dairy tastes, including:
• Farm tour and hay ride — Take in the scenic rural landscape amid the farm with a family hay ride.
• Creamery tours — Dairy-lovers can see how milk is produced by the Baerwolf family two dairy herds and then bottled into organic and traditional milk or made into award-winning premium ice cream.
• Meet the family farm’s newest baby calf.
• Sample new Sassy Cow Creamery Low Fat Chocolate Milk and dairy tastes.
• Taste award-winning Wisconsin cheeses, including Cesar’s Cheese, hand-stretched mozzarella cheese crafted in Wisconsin the authentic Mexican Way; Crave Brother Farmstead Cheeses — a few of the 600 varieties, types and styles of Wisconsin cheese.
• Nordic Creamery artisan hand-crafted flavored butters including Cinnamon-Sugar, Maple Syrup and Garlic and Basil — all made in the Coulee region of western Wisconsin.
• Sample local dairy products from Sugar Brook, Sugar River Dairy and Noble View Dairy.
• Kids’ contests including a coloring contest and pedal tractors.
• Country Kettle Corn — offers fresh, irresistible kettle corn and deep-fried cheese curds.
Sassy Cow Creamery is owned and operated by third-generation dairy producers brothers James and Robert Baerwolf and their families. Visitors at the farmstead facility can follow the milk from cow to creamery as they watch traditional and organic milk bottling and premium ice cream making through a viewing window.
Sassy Cow Creamery will host a Summer Farm Celebration July 21 and Ice Cream Social Aug. 25.
Sassy Cow Creamery’s on-farm retail store is at W4192 Bristol Road, Columbus, Wis., 15 minutes north of Madison, Wis. Just north of Sun Prairie off Highway N., take Highway 151 north from Madison, Wis., to Bristol Road/Hwy. N. (exit 103), at stop sign turn left and Sassy Cow is 6 miles on the left side.
From the June 6-12, 2012, issue