The Gospel of Dairy: Warren Taylor and Snowville CreameryJanuary 9, 2012
The “Got Milk” ad campaign encouraging cow’s milk consumption never measured up to Warren Taylor, the true Milk Evangelist who would come out of the milk industry to take local dairy back to a better place in time.
Warren Taylor and his friends at Snowville Creamery in Pomeroy, Ohio, are on mission to move milk away from being a commodity and include it in the ranks of beverages and ingredients that we savor for great flavor.
It’s all based on Snowville’s Same Day Dairy® Philosophy, where fresh milk from grass-grazing cows is as minimally processed as possible and delivered to local markets within 48 hours. For those who think all milk is the same, I would venture to guess that after tasting a cool glass of Snowville milk or sampling some Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream (which uses Snowville milk and cream) the non-believers will be converted.
I first heard about Warren and his milk a little over a year ago. My son had just started scooping ice cream at one of the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream shops, and came home one day describing some man who came in to the shop and started talking to him animatedly about milk and cream.
At first I didn’t pay much attention, but as I thought back to the fresh milk and cream that I grew up with on a small family farm in Missouri it all started to click.
What cows eat, how they are treated and how the milk is handled does make a difference in the final product. The proof is in the glass—and in the cone.
Warren Taylor’s big personality has been much of the force behind Snowville’s success. If you’ve ever heard him speak or teach, he might remind you a bit of Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms in Swope, Virginia.
These outspoken, charismatic farmers are converting crowds not only to healthier foods but to a different way of thinking about our food system overall.
Before Snowville, Warren earned a degree in dairy technology, and has designed and engineered production facilities around the world. So when he critiques industrial farming, he knows the flaws of agribusiness from the inside.
Warren’s knowledge of the industry is also a benefit to his current operation: he’s been able to create an ethical, sustainable dairy farm that is also efficient and financially successful. They’re currently managing a Kickstarter campaign to help launch the production of Snowville yogurt—read more and help kickstart the project here!
All of these qualities mean that the draw to Snowville is twofold: they are building healthier, more secure local farms, and they offer a far superior carton of whipping cream. And of 2% milk. And low-fat chocolate milk. And eventually, yogurt.