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In Pomeroy, Ohio, what started in 2007 as a couple’s hope for better quality dairy products in the area has grown into a business selling milk, cream and cheese across the country.
Snowville Creamery is a microcredit store, said Heather Fuston, director of business development and marketing. However, its products extend from Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky to Washington, DC and Illinois.
Snowville sells milk that is not homogenized or chemically treated to have a unique texture to keep nutrients and flavor intact. This causes a layer of natural cream to form on the milk, which is considered the norm in many places internationally, but is rare in the United States, Fuston said.
Additionally, Snowville offers cultured products like yogurt and sour cream which, if flavored, are flavored with all-nanatural ingredients. One of Fuston’s favorite items is Maple Yogurt, flavored with real maple syrup sourced from Northeast Ohio without further advertising.of sugars or dedicated flavors.
Snowville’s product line doesn’t stop there, but also includes white cheddar, cheese crisps, halves and halves, whipping cream and more.
The difference between Snowville products and other dairy products is where the milk comes from and how it is processed.
âA2 is a protein that occurs in milk,â Fuston said. âHumans, sheep and goats all produce A2 protein and then milk. So humans evolved to digest and consume A2 milk, and all cows were previously A2. And then there was a genetic mutation a few thousand years ago.
The genetic mutation caused cows to produce A1 proteins as people raised cows for higher milk production. A1 protein is harder to digest for a lot of people, Fuston said, so A2 milk and A2 dairy products can benefit a lot of people.
âThis is why a lot of people feel uneasy,â Fuston said.
Although Snowville Creamery’s products are a bit more expensive than most dairy products, with milk costing around $ 4.99 and yogurt and cheese costing around $ 5.99, Fuston said most customers feel that the price is worth it for a better quality product.
âCustomers are willing to spend a little more because they understand the quality, the fact that they are not only getting the product, but also the quality of the agriculture that is happening and the confidence they have in it. that our products are produced in a humane and sustainable way, âsays Fuston.
Snowville also has a strong focus on local sourcing and community involvement in his business. The creamery is one of the largest employers in Meigs County, Ohio, said Fuston, and is only part of the local economy. All their employees are paid above the minimum wage.
âWe are only one piece of the local economy puzzle here,â Fuston said. âWe’re just doing our part to bring these funds through our channels and then redistribute them throughout the community. We have partnerships with many local food banks here in the region and many non-profit organizations we work with to help those in need and continue to reinvest in our community.
The future looks bright for Snowville, Fuston said, and they hope to expand their product offering and launch new products towards the end of the year.
For some people, the price of Snowville’s products may cause some trepidation, but Fuston believes that for many, the products are worth it.
âI feel like we’re either helping to improve our community or keep the money flowing out,â Fuston said. âI just like to reassure people that the purchases they make really impact real people and real lives here in the community, and all of us here who are employed by the creamery, of course. We are also doing our part to circulate this money locally. So not only are they enriching the community and the economy, but also the planet for sustainable farming practices and things like that. So you know I think it’s a win-win all around.
Snowville products can be found in various locations throughout the tri-state area, including stores in Huntington and Parkersburg in West Virginia, stores in Louisville and Lexington in Kentucky, and places like Gallipolis, Athens and Logan in the United States. ‘Ohio.