Friday, March 29, 2013


 A Jersey cow.  This breed's milk is prized for its higher fat content.
 Both photos above are from the MDAH digital archives collection of the Farm Bureau.

From a friend's photo album ... Thanks and you know who you are!

 It is said that the butter manufactured in creameries in Brookhaven was sold to restaurants as far away as New York City.

There is much more to this dairy industry story than these three photos imply, but I have discovered during my research that the "official" history is rife with errors -- it seems the histories of the two earliest and largest creameries were blended along the way, much like their milk and milk products.

It has proven to be especially difficult from where I sit to determine which "version" of history is correct. I am hopeful that I can tease out facts from fiction in the coming days, weeks, or months, and report back a more accurate account than what is now out there in books and publications.

Whatever the case, it is going to take some doing!

Stay tuned, and if anyone has information from "back in the day," which may be more accurate than current publications, I would be interested in seeing it.

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