VPR Cafe: Vermont Farmers Collaborate To Make Yogurt

Jan 23, 2016

Nate and Jessie Rogers had a cow problem. The owners of Rogers Farmstead in Berlin brought the cows onto their farm to help keep the land healthy, but they didn't know what to do with all the milk.

The couple decided to start making yogurt, however to make enough yogurt to sell on a retail level they needed more space. That's when a fellow farmer, Marisa Mauro, gave them a hand.

Mauro bought Bragg Farm in Fayston and started Ploughgate Creamery. She began making butter and building the infrastructure for the farm. Since she had extra space, Mauro agreed to let the Rogeres make their yogurt at Ploughgate Creamery.

This kind of partnership is fairly common across Vermont, said Melissa Pasanen, a contributor to the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press.

"Everyone sort of helps everyone. Leaping-frogging, in a good way and communicating and being supportive of each," Pasanen said.

You can find out more about Ploughgate Creamery and Rogers Farmstead in Pasanen's piece A Tale of Two Vermont Farms.

The VPR Café is made possible by Otter Creek Kitchenware in downtown Middlebury, offering over 70 lines of kitchenware.