We are a dairy farm family: we bottle our own milk, make our own butter, yogurt, and ice cream. We brought the milkman back in 2001 and have been making home deliveries to the DMV for 19 years and counting. Shop our online farmers market and have your products delivered to your door. Over the years we have grown to be the largest and most efficient home delivery business in the area. And now, we are not just supporting three generations of our farm family, but nearly 200 local sustainable farm families.
What’s so important about working with family-run local farms? Knowing your farmer. Knowing how your food is produced. Are the cattle grass-fed? Is the milk antibiotic- and hormone-free? Are the animals humanely raised? There are lots of labels, but there is no substitute for a direct connection to the people growing your food. If you have questions, you can ask the folks who have their hands in the soil.
Our story starts on our home farm, where South Mountain Creamery is located, back in 1981 when Randy and Karen Sowers started farming. By 2001, they had their own on-farm dairy processing plant, the first in Maryland. We are truly blessed by the support that our community has provided us. In 2017, the second generation took over the operation.
Three generations now work on the farm. Tony & Abby (Sowers) Brusco and Ben & Kate Sowers own and operate. SMC is an important part of the local economy, employing 130 people and growing.
SMC has come a long way since its inception, but the basic philosophy has never changed. Our joy is producing and delivering products that you can put on your table and feel good about. Fresh. Produced responsibly. Wholesome and nutritious.
Responsible farming is behind all the products you buy from us. Our cows spend their days on pasture. Fresh air, sunlight, and endless grass is provided for them. They also come and go as they please from their freestall barn, where they can get comfortable out of the weather. In addition to grazing, we feed them a nutritious mix of the crops we grow ourselves. Our dairy and beef herd are born and raised on the farm. Our laying chickens are cage-free and certified humanely raised. We take pride in being good stewards of the land. All of our land is under agricultural preservation. We use cover crops to protect from erosion, use non-GMO seeds with proper crop rotation. We have a close relationship with our customers, and understand your food concerns. We consider these concerns with everything we do and with the standards and expectations that we set with ourselves and produce. We are here to provide you the best, most nutritious local food, that you will feel good about eating.
Our dairy products are made right on the farm, from start to finish. Our cows are milked 50 yards away from our production plant. Within 12 hours, the milk is bottled or made into yogurt, cream, butter, or ice cream. The incredible flavor and nutritional value of our dairy products can be attributed to the freshness of the milk and the comfort of our cows. Products like yogurt and ice cream are handcrafted and made fresh for you from our own recipes.
When we work with other local farmers, we look for the same kind of care and attention to freshness and responsible growing practices whether it be a vegetable grower or our chicken and turkey producers.
Home delivery can be tricky but after 20 years of experience, SMC is the best and most experienced to bring you the farmers market to your door.
We learned early on that our customers wanted to eat local, live a healthy lifestyle, and support local farms, but they needed it to be easier.
Different farmers are good at doing different things. So a system needs to be created to pull together the best of what the local agriculture community-produced and deliver it in an efficient way. Over years of trial and error, we created a system to not only bring you the best local food but also created a method to verify growing practices and standards, so that you can be confident in what you are receiving.
Our commercial kitchen now creates hundreds of soups, salads, grain bowls, and dishes which are delivered alongside of the milk, produce, meats, eggs, and breads that are delivered to your door. It’s all online in our virtual marketplace, so you can shop from home and open your door to fresh-from-the-farm products.
We pride ourselves on providing you an easy way to eat local, fresh, in season, direct from the farm, and direct to your door.
We love what we do and hope you do too!
Thank you from the Sowers – Brusco family
Tony, Abby, Ben, and Kate
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