I'd like to introduce my new sponsor to you, Maleny Dairies, which is owned and operated by the Hopper family. This dairy is in the Blackall Range very close to our home. We started drinking Maleny Dairies milk ten years ago, when they built their own processing plant and first started processing their own milk. The dairy itself is as old as me and has kept Guernsey cows since 1948 (good year that). Currently, all their products are from the milk of six local herds and it's bottled fresh at the processing plant on their farm. They also keep goats and sell goats' milk.
This is a genuine photo of part of Maleny Dairies' Guernsey herd. It's not a fake publicity shot you sometimes see on some milk advertisements. The cows graze on these rolling hills and just over the cow's ear, in that white building, is the processing plant.
I often drive by the dairy and it's very reassuring to me, and I'm sure to other local residents as well, to see contented cows eating grass and roaming around in the sunshine. Knowing that our dairy products come from cows that are well treated and so healthy gives me the confidence to use these products exclusively and to give them to my grandsons to drink as well. Only the best for Alex and Jamie!
Maleny Dairies added another string to its bow recently. You can now have your child's birthday party at the dairy, click here for more details. What a great way to celebrate - the children have interesting things to see and do and you can bring along party food and give the kids flavoured milks to drink. It's much better for them than the fizzy stuff. The dairy also conducts tours of the dairy where you can sample some of their products. More details about times here. You'll find Maleny Dairies at 70 McCarthy's Road Maleny and if you're passing by, drop in to the kiosk. They have the full range of products there at very good prices.
I have visitors coming for lunch tomorrow and I'm making butter from Maleny Dairies Guernsey cream to have with our fresh homemade bread. It's a simple process of beating the cream until it turns into butter. I'll also have real buttermilk for a special cake I'm baking too. I'll take some photos and show the process during the week.
To read more about this wonderful local business, go to the Maleny Dairies website or Face book page.