Greetings from the Minar family at Cedar Summit Farm -  certified organic, 100% grass-fed milk, cream, half and half, and drinkable yogurt bottled on the farm in New Prague, MN. Local, grass-fed and delicious. The healthiest milk you can buy!

 

 
Cedar Summit Farm News
Discover the 100% Difference!
November 2012
Your monthly update on happenings, events and news from Minnesota's foremost 100% Grass-Fed Dairy Farm.
 
Fall is in full swing here in New Prague.  We are hard at work getting things ready for a busy holiday season.  We are also working on a few changes that will be taking place in the next couple of months.  Don't worry, nothing is happening to our top notch milk and other products.  We can't wait to show you what we have in store!  Stay tuned!
 

Raspberry Yogurt In October
As many of you may know, we recently added a new flavor to our line of organic 100% grass-fed drinkable yogurts.  Our new raspberry yogurt is made with our delicious 100% grass-fed milk, all natural cultures, and organic raspberries.  We partnered with the University of Minnesota during the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer awareness month, and donated a portion of the proceeds to the Women's Cancer Research Program. Thank you to everyone who supported this program through your purchase!

Try any of our drinkable yogurts in smoothies, with your morning granola or muesli, or as a special treat.  Have a favorite recipe?  Send it to us here, and we may use it in a future newsletter!








Half and Half Release
We are proud to announce that the long awaited release of Cedar Summit Farm Half and Half is upon us, just in time for the holidays!  We are now bottling half and half for use in all of your favorite family recipes, drinks, and coffee!  We start with our favorite creamy Cedar Summit Farm milk, and add our famous heavy cream for the perfect balance of creaminess and body.  

You can find our 100% grass-fed half and half, in our recognizable glass pint bottles, where you find our heavy cream.  If you don't see it, ask for it!  





Holiday Half and Half Recipes
Our 100% Grass-Fed Half and Half is delicious on its own. But, you can also add a few things to make your own flavored creamers from natural ingredients.  Here are a few ideas!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
Makes 2 Cups
  • 2 C. Cedar Summit Half and Half
  • 3 T. Pureed Pumpkin
  • 1 t. Pumpkin Spice
  • 4 T. Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 t. Pure Vanilla Extract
Whisk together the first 4 ingredients and heat over medium heat until steaming, but not boiling.  Turn off heat, add vanilla, and strain through a fine mesh strainer.  Cool and store in glass container.  Use within 10 days.
 
Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer
Makes 2 Cups
  • 2 C. Cedar Summit Half and Half
  • 4 T. Pure Maple Syrup
  • 3 T. Cocoa Powder
  • 1 t. Pure Peppermint Extract
Whisk together the first 3 ingredients and heat over medium heat until steaming, but not boiling.  Turn off heat, add peppermint, and strain through a fine mesh strainer.  Cool and store in glass container.  Use within 10 days.
 
 
 
Thoughts from the Farm
By Dave Minar
I remember helping my Father raise hogs in the '40s. By the time I was a teenager the hogs were gone. Dad called them "The Demolition Crew". This was before we had metal pipe gates. All the gates were made of home-sawed lumber. Many times the hogs ate their way through the gates.
 
Hogs returned to our farm in the late '90s when our daughter-in-law Linda persuaded her husband Chris to buy her some piglets. Having a hog on everything in her kitchen wasn't enough, she wanted the real thing. There were 4 of them: 2 black ones, a red one and a white one. Soon they grew too big to handle at their house so they ended up at the farm. The white one escaped and was seen in the northern fringes of the New Prague city limits. He soon found his way home, and followed the milk cows to and from pasture twice a day.

An elderly farmer neighbor saw the white pig cross the road to the east pasture with the cows. He told us the reason he stays with the milking herd is that he is nursing the cows when they lay down. No wonder he was much bigger than the other three. He would follow the cows into the milking parlor twice a day. That proved to be his downfall because on processing day he was captured there and loaded with the other three. Another elderly farmer in the area once told me that if you want tasty pork, feed the hogs milk. Talk about the wisdom of the ages. The great taste of that white hog far exceeded any pork that we purchased at the store in town.

We have been raising hogs at Cedar Summit ever since. We buy them as feeder pigs usually weighing about 40 pounds. These hogs do not have their tails docked and don't need to as they are allowed to roam a 6 acre pasture. Hogs that are confined to a pen will bite each other's tails off because of boredom. Our hogs are fed organic barley and peas soaked in waste milk from the milking parlor or our creamery. In the fall they get a taste treat from Mike and Gretchen's Sweetland orchard in the form of apples left after their cider squeezing sessions. After Halloween the hogs feast on left-over pumpkins from the Barten family at Barten's Pumpkins. The wooded pasture provides much to eat such as grasses, clover, acorns and black walnuts. The hogs do not have nose rings so they are free to find bugs, roots and worms under the sod. In the heat of summer they like to cool off in the shaded hog wallow.

Our creamery store sells our pork in half or whole hog, or by the cut. We also sell half, quarter and cuts of our beef. Supplies are limited, so call 952-758-6886 or email Merrisue soon for best availability.

We've been told that we need to find a hog breeder that farrows a hog that produces only bacon. So, the search is on!

 
Farm Store
Our farm store carries a wide variety of fresh and packaged natural and organic groceries. Our 100% grass-fed pork and beef, as well as our fresh Cedar Summit Farm 100% grass-fed milk, cream, half and half, and yogurt are always in stock.
 

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