FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2018
New England’s First and Only Licensed Producer of Goat Milk Gelato
Launches in Chelsea, Vermont
Sweet Doe Dairy Brings Innovation to the Ice Cream Aisle
with Premium Farmstead Goat Milk Gelato
--Product Offers Superior Taste, Texture and Digestibility,
Especially for Those Sensitive to Cow’s Milk--
CHELSEA, VT – June 21, 2018 – Sweet Doe Dairy LLC, a newly established farm and creamery in Chelsea, Vermont, today announced the launch of Sweet Doe Gelato, New England’s first and only goat milk gelato. The premium farmstead goat milk gelato is available in three launch flavors – Vanilla, Chocolate and Coffee – and is now available in select stores throughout New England, including Co-op Food Stores in Hanover and Lebanon, NH, and White River Junction, VT.
“We’re so proud to be introducing this product and awakening consumers to just how amazing goat milk – and milk from Nigerian Dwarf goats, in particular – can be,” said Michael Davis, owner, farmer and producer.
Consumers with a sensitivity to cow dairy can now enjoy a rich, creamy gelato with superior taste, texture and digestibility, thanks to the remarkable qualities inherent in goat milk brought to life through excellent farming practices, years of research, and focused product development.
“We place as much emphasis on texture as we do on taste, and that’s one of the things that makes our gelato truly stand out,” said Davis. “But what our customers love most is the fact that there is no ‘goat’ taste in our gelato. People with preconceived notions of what a goat milk product tastes like will be genuinely surprised when they try our gelato.”
Sweet Doe Gelato has been nearly a decade in the making. It uses exceptionally high quality, all-natural ingredients, including milk from Sweet Doe Dairy’s registered herd of Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats. While Nigerian Dwarfs are the smallest of the dairy goat breeds, their milk is the highest in butter fat, enabling Sweet Doe Dairy to make its gelato from whole milk without any added cream. The end result is a product that is lower in fat than most premium ice creams and gelato, though extremely rich in taste. 100% of the milk produced on the farm is used on-site in the production of gelato.
Owners Michael and Lisa Davis have been building their farm, growing their herd, and honing their gelato recipes since they arrived in Vermont in 2012, though their research and training began long before that. Michael volunteered for nearly two years at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York, as part of the livestock team before going on to gain additional experience in Wisconsin, New Jersey and, later, Vermont.
Upon purchasing their historic 81-acre property, which long ago served as the original Hood family farm but had not been used for agricultural purposes since the late 1960s, the Davis’s made significant investments in the infrastructure required to start and grow their business. They built their milking parlor, milk house and creamery with their own two hands, learning construction, plumbing and electrical skills from generous friends and neighbors in their community while working closely with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets to meet all the necessary guidelines to become a fully licensed producer. Sweet Doe Dairy obtained its milk handler’s license in the fall of 2017.
Sweet Doe Gelato also boasts the “Homegrown by Heroes” label issued by the Farmer Veteran Coalition, signifying that it is produced by a farmer who is also a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. Michael is a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, having honorably served two tours of duty in the Middle East in the mid 1990s.
More information on Sweet Doe Dairy and Sweet Doe Gelato, including a list of current in-store availability, can be found at www.sweetdoegelato.com.
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