First Light Farm & Creamery has announced the launch of “Dairy Share,” offering artisanal milk, yogurt, and cheese direct to you, the consumer, through the popular CSA model, which is quite a unique offering in the region. Starting in May, customers will be able to pick up First Light’s Dairy Share, right on Elmwood Avenue at Ashker’s Juice Bar (1002 Elmwood Avenue), offered on a weekly basis*.
What really makes this an unmatched service in the Western New York region, farmer and co-owner, Max Sandvoss explains, “Our Dairy Share is a fresh idea. Dairy products aren’t typically distributed by CSAs for two reasons: they require refrigeration and the dairy industry is largely consolidated. By partnering with local stores that will serve as pick-up locations, we’re making it easy for people to make a local choice.”
“Another unique aspect of Dairy Share is that members can customize their share by choosing between a variety of share types that include yogurt and cream-top milk, and in particular, cheese lovers will be able to choose between a wide selection of our fresh and aged cow’s milk and goat’s milk cheeses every week,” says farmer and co-owner, Trystan Sandvoss.
There’s a great American story behind the two brothers running the business. In this modern age when everything is designed to be quick and easy, the two are bucking the trend by offering goods that are respectful of the planet and better for the customer. After growing up in a suburb outside NYC, attending top colleges, and launching into careers out west, the brothers did something that no one anticipated.
They ended up planting roots on 20-acres of land in Genesee County, and began to cultivate Nubian dairy goats. Now the two raise goats and cows, and are able to provide artisanal products such as sweet and rich, whole cream-top yogurt and Eastern Standard Jack cheese. They have also begun bottling milk and through the CSA are able to deliver these goods (and plenty of others) to customers in Buffalo and Rochester.
Trystan is quick to point out: “We meet a lot of people at farmer’s markets who have a wide range of food values. We don’t denigrate anybody’s values. We just stand behind our practices and believe in the integrity of the artisanal process. We make small batches; we use our hands. Our goal when we started First Light was to make the kind of food we like to eat.”
First Light Farm is a popular local source of organic, pasture-based cow’s and goat’s milk dairy products made by hand in small batches. Until now, the small dairy farm and creamery, has reached customers primarily through farmers’ markets and their appearance on local menus. Now that’s all about to change, and more people will be able to get their hands on fresh farm offerings delivered by a couple of brothers who have demonstrated that anything is possible when you put your heart and mind to it. Their personal goals and career ethics transcend directly into the goods that end up on our tables. Now what could be more satisfying than that?
You can sign up for Dairy Share online at www.first-light-farm.com.
If you’d like more information about First Light Farm and their new Dairy Share, please contact Trystan Sandvoss at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 585-297-7044.
*Other pick-up areas will include Premier Gourmet in Amherst, Farmers & Artisans in Williamsville, and Elm Street Bakery in East Aurora.