How it all began
We had always been just a normal dairy farm, selling normal milk to normal supermarkets.
Then, on a rainy August day in 2011, we met a hen farmer who changed our lives. It was nothing extraordinary. He was just selling his eggs by his gate, as you do. A rusty old honesty tin with a stone on top. But sometimes it’s the unremarkable things that get you thinking. Why don’t dairy farmers sell their milk this way?
Within a month, our cow-print shed was installed and our first 30 bottles of raw cow’s milk went on sale. A jam jar honesty box with a stone on top. Those 30 bottles sold out within the hour, the final customer guzzling the whole bottle on the spot and requesting a refill. We learnt that people came back to the shed because of the high quality of our milk and the experience of having a personal connection to the farm.
As sales grew, the honesty box sadly became a dishonesty box. A chance tweet from a friend in Italy introduced us to the concept of milk vending and within weeks we had installed the UK’s first raw milk vending machine. This had a transformative effect on the success of our farm. Seeing our customers enjoying our product had become a true enjoyment for us. It got us thinking once again…
How could we make more of our milk into products that we could sell directly to people who would really and truly enjoy them?
In 2012, we embarked on a research tour of the UK and Europe. We learned from some of the world’s finest cheesemakers and purchased by hand 72 beautiful Montbéliarde milking cows from the Jura region of France. Their milk was highly prized for cheesemaking on the continent.
A year later our first cheese, Baron Bigod, went on sale and has been followed over the years by our raw butter, skyr yoghurt and many more products. Our products can now be found in the finest delis, restaurants and cheese counters in the UK and around the world.