Rich Volcanic Pastures
Volcanic soil is virgin soil, the product of new earth formed from ancient lava flows. Lava flow develops into some of the richest agricultural land on earth because it contains ancient minerals from deep inside the earth's crust. With substantial amounts of potassium, phosphorous, and sodium, lava flow is ideal for promoting healthy pasture growth.
The cows that produce our raw milk live at a local, certified organic dairy farm and they spend their days grazing lush meadows fertilized by the volcanic soils of Mt. Adams. The happy girls are well-nourished from the grasses living on this ancient, mineral-rich soil, and of course healthy well-fed cows produce the highest quality raw milk. They also drink water from the pristine glacial streams and aquifers generously supplied by nearby Mt. Adams and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
On top of all this environmental purity and abundance, our dairy is certified organic by the Oregon Tilth. They never use pesticides on the pastures nor do they give the cows hormones or antibiotics. Like a fine wine where soil and environment come together to determine the wine's unique flavor and bouquet, so also are our cheeses. Each one has been kissed by the elements of heritage breeding, volcanic soil, and mountain water, creating flavor bouquets that make for some of the highest quality artisan cheeses ever created. Once you taste our raw, volcanic, cave-aged cheese, we think you'll agree.