Trickling Springs Creamery was founded in 2001 by two friends who aimed to produce fresh, exceptional- tasting dairy products while promoting local farmers doing an excellent job with their farms. The founders started by establishing strict guidelines for the family farms producing their milk. The farmers were required to maintain grass-fed , heritage breed cows, produce very clean milk(as measured by SCC & SPC counts), and use no synthetic hormones. The founders offered to pay farmers above average prices for maintaining these high standards. Trickling Springs Creamery would then process the milk as minimally as allowed by law. These principles are still followed and in many cases have been strengthened to more strict standards of feeding and sustainability.
The Trickling Springs’ community of family farms remained fairly small until 2010, when we were able to add a few additional farms to keep up with the rapidly increasing demand. In the last 6 months of 2011, we started the arduous process of rebranding our Trickling Springs Natural milk to create a visible distinction between our Natural and Organic product lines. In January 2012, Trickling Springs Creamery announced that all its grass-fed natural products would be marketed as FarmFriend and that its grass-fed organic products would be marketed as Trickling Springs Organic.
The next phase of growth happened late in 2012 with the closing of a local goat milk co-op that had provided the goat milk in our line of products. The farmers in the co-op asked Trickling Springs to process their goat milk for retail distribution so they could continue milking goats and keep their family farms sustainable. We believe this complemented our goal of producing exceptional-tasting dairy foods while promoting family farmers doing an excellent job on their farms. Our family goat farms use no synthetic hormones. We require fresh clean housing for the goats ands access to the pasture when possible.
In 2013 we launched a line of Organic Yogurt Smoothies (drinkable yogurts) made with low-fat milk and real buttermilk. At first, the smoothies were packaged in plastic bottles and returnable glass bottles, but later switched to 32-oz glass and 12-oz plastic bottles in one-way recyclable packaging.
In 2014 we had the opportunity to expand our boarders into the Midwest with a cultured productions plant and farm in Koshkonong, Missouri. We moved our yogurt smoothies and artisan cheeses to this plant specifically designed for these products and staffed by an experienced production team ready to operate it. We also finalized our switch to FarmFriend with our ice cream packaging and launched a new organic yogurt smoothie flavor, Blueberry Tart!
Currently, our Community of Family Farms includes 23 Certified Organic farms, 2 FarmFriend farms, and 4 Goat farms.
2011 Made in America
2014 1st place at the American Cheese Society Competition for our Unsweetened Plain Yogurt Smoothie