Luther experiences growth in local dairy purchases

April 24, 2012 

In collaboration with two local dairies, Luther College has achieved another milestone in sustainable food purchasing. This spring, Luther has begun to procure all of its yogurt and hard ice cream from two dairies that are located within a 30-minute drive of the campus.

Country View Dairy near West Union, Iowa, and WW. Homestead Dairy in Waukon, Iowa, are the farms that supply Luther with the yogurt and hard ice cream the college's Norse Culinary Team serves at all campus food venues.

Country View opened in August 2011 and is currently meeting Luther's considerable yogurt needs. Luther students find the yogurt enjoyable, and consume as much as 600 pounds per week. The Key Lime flavor of the yogurt is especially popular.

Country View Dairy's cows are milked in a barn that is adjacent to the yogurt facility, helping to assure the freshness of the product.

WW. Homestead is new on the dairy scene, but the dairy certainly does a lot for Luther. Homestead was responsible for the cinnamon ice cream that was well received by the King and Queen of Norway during their visit in conjunction with Luther's Sesquicentennial celebration this past autumn.

The ice cream from the dairy is used for milkshakes in Marty's Cybercafe and is sold in pints in the college's convenience store. High quality, local dairy products can sometimes be unaffordable for institutional dining operations, but WW. Homestead made the bulk ice cream less expensive for Luther by reducing the butterfat content.

The respective dairies have found ways to work together, embracing the idea of local foods suppliers collaborating. Country View Dairy has an excess of cream, while WW. Homestead tends to be in need of cream.

They work together to solve both of their problems, as Country View sends its excess cream to WW. Homestead for processing to meet customer demands.