GreenAcres Market exists in three Midwest states: Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. In all three locations there’s one family-owned dairy that just seems to stand out, enticing all manner of customers to try down-home goodness in a glass bottle. In Kansas City, Mo., it’s Shatto Milk Company. In Kansas and Oklahoma, it’s Hildebrand Farms and LOMAH Dairy, respectively. Without a doubt, these three dairies get rave reviews from customers who enjoy the rich, creamy goodness of a cold glass of milk.
GreenAcres Kansas City carries a variety of Hildebrand and Shatto dairy products, with chocolate and strawberry milk standing tall against their paler companions. Ever hear of Root Beer Milk? Well, Hildebrand and Shatto both make it, and both offer other eggnog and milk flavors as well as unsalted butter and ice cream to many of their dairy customers.
What all three dairies have in common is history: start-up families who worked the farm, started small, raised grazing cows, and taught their children and grandchildren the rudiments of hard work and just reward. Shatto Milk Company has been working the farm for a century, and running a dairy for 60 years. The family prides itself on raising cows free of bovine growth hormone, and delivering its milk from cow to store in as little as 12 hours.
As with Hildebrand, Shatto has always preferred using glass bottles to waxed paper containers. According to the company: “The milk just tastes better, and glass can be washed and reused. Besides, it cuts down on recycling and lowers the amount of material dumped into area landfills.” Well, we all like that!
Today, Shatto’s milk products consist of whole, 2%, 1% and skim, plus a yummy variety in flavors of chocolate, root beer, strawberry, orange cream, banana, eggnog and a blue-hued mixture called “cotton candy.” That’s enough variety to please just about anyone, but especially the youngest milk drinkers in your family.
Pass the Oreos, please. (Or a healthy equivalent.)