Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hastings Dairy Tours & Milk from Farmstead Creamery

We're now booking dairy tours for the 2016 season, from May to October, and have set the dates for our annual special events open to the public. We also bottle fresh milk at our farmstead creamery to sell at the farm and local stores. Check out what we have to offer this season;

Buy Fresh Milk at Hastings Dairy  -  Open: Daily during daylight
Milk is bottled on-farm at Rowdy Cow Creamery. Processed in small batches using low temperature vat pasteurization. Milk is non-homogenized (cream rises to the top) whole milk bottled with minimal processing the way nature intended. Available in white, chocolate and a variety of flavors such as strawberry, blueberry, banana, root beer, cookies & cream and others. In mid-May, Rowdy Cow Creamery is introducing strawberry cheesecake drinkable yogurt and premium tea in four unique flavors. Check out the flavor schedule on the website to see which milk flavors and other products are available.

Two of our yummy flavors; chocolate and orange cream
Bottling strawberry milk pints at Rowdy Cow Creamery

Cow Tales Adventures (for children 5 & under w/ caregiver) 
May 17, June 1, September 14 and October 5
10:00am-12:00pm @ $6/person (12 months & under free)
This farm adventure allows young children and caregivers to take a wagon ride around the farm, pet the calves, ride the cow train, play, and have fun! Arrive by 10am and plan to be at the farm until 12pm to take part in all of the activities. Milk will be available to taste and buy.


Ready for a Cow Train ride!
Petting a sweet calf
Fun in the corn box


Milk from Cow to Bottle Tour & Tasting 
May 29, June 15, July 1, July 16, August 3, August 13, September 18 and October 14 1:00-3:00pm @ $6/person (12 months & under free)
Want to experience a real working dairy farm and creamery? Attend “Milk from Cow to Bottle Tour & Tasting”. This event includes milking parlor tours, wagon rides, petting the calves, the cow train for kids, viewing the creamery, and milk tasting. This is an open house, so visitors can come and go during the event. Milk will be available to taste and buy. 


Cows enjoying a meal
A tractor race!
A wagon ride through the barn to see the cows

Parking is free. Activities are outdoors and indoors. No reservations are necessary. Remember, you're visiting a farm so dress for the occasion. Milk will be for sale during all tours and events.

If you have a group of 16 or more, book a private farm tour. Perfect for schools, day camps, scouts, 4-H clubs, play groups, senior groups or any group! For a unique party experience, check out our party packages which provide private use of our facility.

For information about the farm, dairy tours and milk, go to the Hastings Dairy website

Garrett Hastings with one of his favorite cows, Lucy

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Make it with Buttermilk

We recently added a new product at Rowdy Cow Creamery. . .buttermilk. This old fashion product is made with two simple ingredients; whole milk and culture.

Some people grew up drinking buttermilk and using it in the kitchen. Others have never experienced buttermilk. So I put together a flyer featuring ideas for using buttermilk. Once you use buttermilk in your biscuit and pancake recipes or use it to marinate chicken, you'll never go back! It's delicious.


It takes 16-18 hours to make a batch of buttermilk in our creamery, but it's worth it.


Buttermilk is a perfect ingredient for holiday baking. Give it a try. I'd love to hear your favorite way to use buttermilk!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Milk from Rowdy Cow Creamery

Thanks to the cows at our farm, we bottled delicious whole milk today in white, chocolate, root beer and buttermilk. It's available at local stores in Geauga County, Ohio.

Friendly #6582 just finished milking
Rowdy Cow milk in root beer, white, chocolate, & buttermilk
Some of the girls in the milking parlor
Click here for a list of stores that carry Rowdy Cow Creamery milk.

Vanessa being milked
Whole milk is the original protein drink! It's nutrient dense naturally containing calcium, potassium, protein, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin B12, riboflavin and niacin. Milk is convenient, satisfying and filling as a snack or with a meal. So drink up!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Visit a Real Dairy Farm this Fall

There are two more open events at our farm this season. Join us to see the cows, taste milk, and enjoy the beautiful fall colors from our dairy on the hill.

Cow Tales Adventures (for children 5 & under w/ caregiver)
October 7 from 10:00am-12:00pm @ $6/person (12 months & under free)
This farm adventure allows young children and caregivers to take a wagon ride around the farm, pet the calves, ride the train, play, and have fun! Arrive by 10am and plan to be at the farm until 12pm to take part in all of the activities.  


Milk from Cow to Bottle Tour & Tasting 
October 11 from 1:00-3:00pm @ $6/person (12 months & under free)
Interested in tasting delicious fresh milk and meeting the cows who produced it? Attend “Milk from Cow to Bottle Tour & Tasting”. This event will include milking parlor tours, wagon rides, petting the calves, the cow train for kids, viewing the creamery, and milk tasting. This is an open house, so visitors can come and go during the event.

Take a wagon ride to the barn to see the cows (photo taken by one of our visitors)


A young visitor interacting with a calf
Let's go for a train ride!
Making a cow hat at the cow craft table

Friends enjoying a wagon ride around the farm
Tractor fun!
My sons, Jack and Garrett, and Mom (Carolyn) pour milk samples for visitors
Taste milk bottled at our on-farm Rowdy Cow Creamery. This is one of only a few farmstead milk bottling operations in Ohio. The milk is fresh and delicious! Milk will be for sale during all tours and events, so bring your cooler.
 
Me sharing information and answering questions from visitors

Parking is free. Activities are outdoors and indoors. No reservations are necessary. Remember, you're visiting a farm so dress for the occasion. The farm is located at 13181 Claridon Troy Road, Burton, OH 44021.

For information about Rowdy Cow Creamery, the Cow Tales and Milk Tasting events, private tours or party packages, go to http://hastingsdairy.com/ or contact me at hastings97@gmail.com.




Thursday, July 9, 2015

Tour Groups, Milk Bottling, Growing Corn and other Farm Activities

I would like to share what's been happening on our farm in recent weeks. . .

We've hosted some open days, several tour groups and a country wedding at the farm. . .
A day camp group takes a ride around the farm
A frequent visitor at our farm, Mickey, says hi to a favorite cow, Sassy
Having fun on our playground after touring the dairy

Lad gives Cow Train rides during one of our open days
My Dad, Tony, sharing info about the calves with visitors
This nice couple had their wedding at our farm!

It's been very wet, one of the wettest June's on record in the Cleveland area. Our corn is growing but could use several days of sunshine. . .
   
We're in our sixth month of bottling milk at our new on-farm Rowdy Cow Creamery. We feature different flavors each week like strawberry and orange cream. Stay tuned, we're adding four new flavors this summer. . . .
Bottling strawberry milk
Our delicious orange cream milk tastes like summer!
Garrett and Jack are busy working with their 4-H animals. . . .
Garrett with his beautiful red & white Holstein heifer, Vanessa
Garrett showed Lilly at the Fair last year and looks forward to exhibiting her again


My youngest son, Jack, stays busy around the farm . . .
Jack working with his Dad
He's a good caretaker of the farm cats
Our girls . . . .
The fan keeps these cows cool on a warm summer day
Garrett with his first 4-H animal, Lucy, after she had her first calf
One of our favorites, Hannah

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Farm and Family Happenings

Early summer is a busy time with our farm and family. Here's what's happening;
Me with friendly cow #6233
A curious cow follows Jack down the lane
Jack playing in the ground corn
Garrett with a calf he helped deliver

Lot's of groups visit our dairy in the summer months. . .
Garrett helping get the farm ready for visitors
Students from the Leadership Geauga group make friends with a calf
My dad, Tony, takes visitors on wagon ride through the freestall barn to see the cows
A young visitor at Cow Tales Adventures
Kids having fun after the dairy tour
My mom, Carolyn, pours samples of Rowdy Cow milk for visitors

We bottle and deliver milk weekly. . .
Me doing a milk tasting at Reider's Grocery store in Concord Township
We bottle white, chocolate and a third flavor weekly

Celebrating June Dairy Month. . .
We decorated the Destination Geauga window in celebration of June Dairy Month

Corn planting is done, hay is baled and we're almost finished planting Sudan grass. . .
Lad planting corn
The boys in the hay field

Events off the farm. . .
Garrett and Jack set up camp in our yard
Garrett participated in the Relay for Life with Burton Elementary
The boys skip rocks in the Chagrin River
Me, Garrett, Jack and Lad at Garrett's 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Summer is a wonderful time in Northeast Ohio. With long hours of daylight, we do our best to take advantage of every moment!
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