Bill Stoltzfus, Cloverleaf Creamery
Bill Stoltzfus and his family eyed the old dairy on Buhl’s main street for years before they took it over in 2007 and renamed it Cloverleaf Creamery. Everyone in town knows the milk and ice cream that is made at the creamery comes from the Stoltzfus’s nearby herd of more than 60 prized Holstein cows. The animals are pasture-raised, named and treated like family.
“I think you can balance the care and the love for the animals with a profitable business as well and that is what we try to do.”
Stoltzfus says to him, the local food movement is about honesty. That means telling customers how the cows are cared for. They do not use rBST. The dairy produces all-natural milk, but is not certified organic. Cost is a factor. Saving animals is another. Stoltzfus says they will use antibiotics on a cow if it means saving its life.
“We’re just trying to give them the best possible care. We keep them out of production. Our milk is traced right back to here very easily so if I put out a bad product it is right back on my shoulders.”
Cloverlead estimates their milk is consumed within a week of coming from the cows. Customers have taken to returning the creamery’s bottles so they can be cleaned and recycled.