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Local Supports Local: Fred the Butcher

 

Battenkill Valley Creamery continues it’s Local Supports Local project with Fred the Butcher in Halfmoon, NY. Founded in 1979 by Fred Buonanno, this must stop butcher shop is co-owned by David MacVane and his family with Fred Buonanno’s son Andy Buonanno, since 2014. We spoke with head manager Dylan MacVane (right) and co-owner Andy Buonanno (left) about what they love about the shop.
“It’s a family affair here,” said Dylan MacVane. “My mom Kim runs things up front, my brother David Jr. runs the Slingerlands location, and Andy Buonanno does a great job with layout and managing the store too. We carry all different cuts of meat. If we don’t have it, we’ll order it and bring it in. We get a lot from Master Purveyors in the Bronx, along with lamb and Berkshire pig from the local Amish community, and chicken from Misty Knoll. We like our local goods, including Battenkill Milk!”
“We love local businesses because we all support each other,” said Buonanno. “We send our customers to check out local products if we don’t have them here because we’re all in this together as a local community.”
“My dad loves Battenkill, he even carries his stuff in a Battenkill crate,” said MacVane. “The milk is just amazing! The chocolate milk, I could chug that all day. I think that the glass is cool too, it’s just so classic. Battenkill is just a great company. We’ve never had any problems with them, and if we did we know they’d make them right. They’re family oriented, and we admire that. We always aim to be in the same boat for our plan too.”
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Local Supports Local: LePage’s Market, Cohoes, NY

Battenkill Valley Creamery continues our Local Supports Local with a talk with Tony LePage at LePage’s Market, located at 342 N Mohawk St #1740, in Cohoes, NY. Owned by Tony and Sandra LePage, the market has operated at it’s current location since 2011. The store was a homecoming for Tony, since he owned and operated another market on Vliet St. in Cohoes from 1974 to 1990 before shifting gears in life to work as a Snapple distributor and owning a sports memorabilia store.
“I got bored with what I was doing, and wanted to go back to having a market. It was something that I had done before, and I knew that I liked it. I like the interaction with people. I have a lot of energy, I can’t just sit at home and do nothing, I like having a job that is fast paced.
I like carrying local stuff and supporting the local economy. We carry honey that’s made just down the street from us. We’ve got Martha’s ice cream sandwiches and a lot more. I like to do business with the little guy. I hadn’t heard about Battenkill before I started the market. But I had people coming in and telling me how amazing it is, how the chocolate milk is like drinking a shake, so I went to the Farmers’ Market and we’ve been selling it ever since. People come in just to buy the milk and I don’t even advertise that we have it! People like to buy it in glass, they tell me that it tastes better to them than the plastic.”
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Local Supports Local: La Posta Brothers Market

 

Battenkill Valley Creamery visited La Posta (pronounced La Pasta) Brothers Market on the outskirts of Troy, NY, as a part of our Local Supports Local project. We talked with Frank La Posta, a current owner. His great grandfather founded the Italian market in 1923, and it’s been at it’s current location at 181 Speigletown Rd, Troy, NY for 40 years.
“We carry a lot of things that other places, larger places can’t. Not every producer can or wants to meet the demands of what a big supermarket wants from them to carry their product. Having local products is important to us. It gives you a uniqueness as a small market. We’re old fashioned. We don’t haggle with our vendors, we believe in a fair price for a fair product. We’ve got the original ball park mustard from Cleveland, Ohio. We’ve got Mad Dog sauerkraut, Hot Dog Charlie’s sauce, Old Daley products, and of course Battenkill Creamery and other local items. Battenkill is great to work with. It’s a local product, it’s top quality, and it’s good service. They work with the small guys, and we appreciate that.”
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Local Supports Local: Yushak’s Market

Battenkill Valley Creamery continues our Local Supports Local project with Yushak’s Market, a Shushan institution since 1941, when Michael and Mary Yushak opened its doors. In its 80th year, we chatted with Denny Yushak, their son and the current owner.

“We’re rooted in the community. We’ve been here for a long time and we try to partner with as many local outfits as we can. Roundhouse Bakery bread, Thomas’ eggs, seasonal produce from local farms, Bentley Seeds, Maplebook cheese, Oscar’s Smokehouse, and of course Battenkill’s milk. We pride ourselves on quality and service. That’s what has kept us here for eighty years. We make a lot of things from scratch and do a lot of our own processing for our smoked bacon, ham, and sausage.

Battenkill milk is outstanding in quality. Talk about a family that’s rooted in the community. Their farm goes back generations, and they certainly have the same values as us; hard working, a focus on quality and service. I grew up with Don, and Seth is my son’s age. They’re just super people. The milk is award winning, the ice cream is phenomenal. Battenkill Valley Creamery is a wonderful success story that could not happen to nicer people. We’re happy to carry their products.”

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Local Supports Local: Wayside Country Store

We continue our local supports local project with Wayside Country Store, an Arlington institution. Started in 1850, the Tschorn family has owned the business since 1984 and is in its third generation. We spoke with Chelsea Tschorn (pictured above) about her family, the store, and their community.
“My favorite part about working here is being a service to the community. It’s what keeps us here. Having a general store is vital to the Arlington community. You develop relationships with people you wouldn’t otherwise get to know. I love being able to provide food for and give back to our community when we can.
When our local dairy went out of business last September, we knew we needed to find another local choice. We looked into commercial milks, and they couldn’t compete on a price or quality level. Initially we only carried glass in quarts, but we had customers that were really into getting the glass half gallons, so we started carrying that option as well. We didn’t anticipate that need, but it’s pretty cool to see.
We love having local goods here. We were the first wholesale location for Vermont Spätzle. We have greens from Camden Creek Farm, local meats and fermented goods as well. It’s important to have that variety available here.”
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Local Supports Local: Cambridge Food Co-Op

Battenkill Valley Creamery continues our Local Supports Local project with The Cambridge Food Co-Op and Acting Manager Katie Kerr. The cooperative is a Cambridge institution, in operation since 1976.

“I left my job at a bank in October of 2019, and took some time off for myself,” said Kerr. “I started at the co-op in July of 2020, because I believe it’s important to stay local and be passionate about our community. With everything going on today, I think helping to feed my community is the best thing I could be doing right now. We’re run by community members, and we have strong connections with local farmers and producers. We want to keep it as local as we can, which has been a driving thing for me. I really try to seek out and get the best local products I can for our members.”

Thank you Katie and the co-op for the support! We’re proud to be your local source for award winning milk.

 

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Local Supports Local Highlight: Sherman’s Store

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We stopped by Battenkill Valley Creamery vendor Sherman’s Store in West Rupert, VT yesterday, and talked with new co-owner Carol Connors. She re-opened the store with business partner Pat Garrison in late October of last year.

“It’s home. When we had the chance to buy it, we knew we had to keep it a store. It’s what the community needed, and we’ve been very thankful for the very receptive and supportive nature of the town when we reopened. We love carrying Battenkill Valley Creamery milk because it’s local, and that’s something we really want to focus on. The maple syrup, the honey, the milk, etc. We’re trying to get as many local products as we can, including produce this spring. It’s the right thing to do, supporting your neighbors.”

We think so too. Happy to have another local business back in the area! Thanks for joining the Battenkill family Carol and Pat!

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Make Your Own: Hot Chocolate with Maple Whipped Cream

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There are some long cold nights left to winter, and what better way is there to spend them than sipping some hot chocolate with homemade whipped cream? We’ll let you in on a secret: our chocolate milk makes a delicious hot chocolate! I like to warm it up on the stove top to my preferred temperature and enjoy. And our heavy cream whips up great! For a little extra New England flair, I use maple syrup instead of sugar to sweeten the whipped cream. Give it a try for your next cup by the fire! Need a recipe for the maple whipped cream? We’ve got you covered.

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Recipe for Maple Whipped Cream:

1 Cup Battenkill Valley Creamery Heavy Cream

3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup (or to taste)

1/2 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract (a capful usually works great too!)

 

Mix all of your ingredients together in a mixing bowl. While a stand mixer is preferred (this can sometimes take a while), an electric hand mixer will do in a pinch. Mix on medium to high speeds. Starting out, this can sometimes get messy, so I like to ramp up the speed as the cream starts to firm up. Once the whipped cream reaches a medium to stiff peak (meaning as you mix the cream, it doesn’t immediately collapse back down on itself), you’re done! I like a medium peak if I’m serving immediately. It’s a little bit softer, so it settles back down from it’s whipped consistency a bit faster than a stiff peak. If you’ll be serving after dinner and just want to have it made up beforehand, I prefer a stiff peak as it holds together for longer. If you’re not serving immediately, make sure to keep it in an air tight bowl and cool in the refrigerator. It’ll be good to use for about 24 hours, but may lose a bit of cohesion the longer you wait. Serve with a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder, or creme de menthe, your choice! You really can’t go wrong with this delicious treat.

 

Looking for the chocolate milk, heavy cream, and maple syrup? We have them all for sale at our creamery in Salem, NY. Wild Hill Maple is our source for maple syrup and other maple products at the shop.

 

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Welcome to the New BVC Website!

Welcome All…to the NEW & IMPROVED Battenkill Valley Creamery Website! We would like to thank Mannix Marketing and their team for working effortlessly on revamping and updating our website (especially Jamie – Many Thanks!)

If you are reading this….than thank you for checking out the new site and supporting BVC! Don’t forget to check out the “Where to Buy” page and see where you can find our products!

The “As Seen In” page and see the buzz around the most delicious milk and the local places that support us!

The “History” page to learn about the BVC family!…….To name a few!!!

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