Clear Spring Creamery

Clear Spring Creamery, a family-owned,  grass-based dairy farm out in Washington County, Maryland, was one of two farms we got to tour with Northeast SARE‘s “Reading the Farm” grant project.

Operating for more than 100 years on as many acres, owners Mark and Clare Seibert graze their cows on pastures every day and in winter and drought times offer them locally-grown hay harvested in the early summer from excess pasture growth. The cows are milked once a day, which is uncommon in the U.S., and means less focus on production as well as less stress and sickness in the animals. Their bounty is pasteurized and processed on site into several sizes and flavors of milk and yogurts sold at the following markets:

Fresh Farm Market at Dupont Circle
Sundays 8:30-1:00 March-December

Takoma Park Farmers Market
Sundays 10-2 March-December

Arlington Courthouse Farmer’s Market
Saturdays 8-12 April-December

Falls Church Farmer’s Market
Saturdays 8-12 April-December

Top Ten Reasons We Love This Farm:

10.) Their yogurt is amazing.
9.) Their milk is amazing. You’ve got to shake it and everything. Unless you just want the cream for your coffee.
8.) Their raw milk cheddar is bound to be amazing (haven’t tried it yet). It is for sale at Common Market in Frederick, MD; Ernst Country Market in Clear Spring, MD; and Knob Hall Winery also in Clear Spring, MD.
7.) The milking parlor is so clean and pristine you feel perfectly comfortable eating lunch in there (which we actually did!)
6.) The pastures are rich and dense with perennial grasses and clover indicative of seriously healthy soil.
5.) The cows are intensively rotationally grazed and clearly cherished along the way.
4.) They do rotational grazing with a bunch of happy chickens too!
3.) They recently installed solar panels to help lessen the impact of their energy consumption.
2.) They do not use hormones to increase production or aid reproduction.

And the number one reason we love this farm:

1.) Intern Gretchen’s Blog: Girl with the Green Hair. Her pictures are incredible and her posts range from updates on the great raw milk debate,  milking how-to’s, adventures in kitchen experiments, and odes to “Cows, cows, cows.” (Also recommend her post: The Truth About Cows)