Haverton Hill Creamery in Richfield is quite unique. Like most creameries, Haverton Hills, owned and operated by Joe and Missy Adiego, produces butter, ice cream and milk – but what’s really special about Adiego’s product is that it’s made from sheep’s milk.
Yes, you read that right – sheep’s milk.
“Most people don’t even realize there is a breed of sheep that can be milked,” Missy said. “But there are, and the products made by sheep’s milk are wonderful.”
The Adiego family, including three daughters, Avery, Hadley and Leary, moved to Richfield at 23309 Richfield Road two years ago from Petaluma.
“We needed a change after renting someone else’s property. We wanted to buy our own property and found the perfect place here in Richfield,” Joe said.
It was in 2010 that the Adiegos opened Haverton Hills Dairy and Creamery outside Petaluma, where they milked a flock of 600 East Frisian dairy ewes, a breed known for its ability to provide excellent milk production. Joe said the operation was not that different from a dairy cow.
But when the time came to move to Richfield, the family decided to leave the work of a dairy behind and simply bring the dairy to their new home, along with a small flock of dairy sheep they raise. for genetic purposes (Joe does his annual shearing of every sheep in the flock).
“We now buy our sheep’s milk from another dairy and just focus on our dairy and producing the best product available on the market,” Missy said.
The family enjoys the rural lifestyle of Tehama County.
“We’ve been so welcomed here,” Missy said. “As soon as we moved in, our neighbors came and introduced themselves and the community and school were great.”
The move also brought the creamery closer to its distribution centers that stock the shelves of many Haverton Hills product outlets.
Locally, Haverton Hills products can be purchased at the Creamery or the Richfield Schoolhouse Market, 6031 Alameda Road.
Running a creamery is a daily job, but the Adiegos love it because they handcraft small batches of their award-winning butter, six flavors of ice cream and bottled milk during the work week, which Missy explains can often be used by people who can’t tolerate cow’s milk for various reasons.
Joe says sheep’s milk is naturally homogenized, easy to digest, has three times the protein of cow’s milk, is high in calcium, low in saturated fat and contains higher percentages of several vitamins, acid folic and many minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc and phosphorus.
On top of all that, the product is simply good to eat.
“We have always been known as the local family farm, and that will never change. We love giving back to the community and we offer private educational tours to local schools and groups,” Missy said.
The Haverton Hills Farm in Richfield grows and changes as the Adiegos make improvements and put down roots.
Missy, a former competitive horse hunter/jumper, has set up a beginner’s jumping class for her daughters, and Joe is in the process of building a new barn. The girls, in addition to taking care of their animals, participate in school and recreational programs.
“Our farm is our way of life. We love what we do, the products we make and all of our animals. Every day is a new challenge; no day is the same, but we wouldn’t have it any other way,” Missy said.
For more information on Haverton Hill visit http://www.havertonhill.com/.