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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Need Your Help

This message is intended for everyone in the Marshall, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Coldwater area.
As I mentioned in earlier posts, we are starting a small dairy on the farm. We are also starting a creamery so we can pasteurize and bottle our own milk. Our intent is to sell the milk directly to you the consumer. We are offering shares for $400 and a Share is a gallon of whole cream-line milk for 52 weeks. More information is available on

We are working with Trent and Ruthie Thompson of Green Gardens Community Farm located at 14201 H  Drive North, Battle Creek Mi. to be a distribution point. They have agreed to distribute milk on Wednesday and Sunday during their market hours. You will also be able to pick up from us at the Hiday Farm Creamery. We are working on a drop off/pick-up in the Kalamazoo area.

You can sign up by contacting me at 517-765-2268 or email me at   you can also sign up through the Green Gardens web site. 

We need to get the word out to everyone we can, so please pass this along to anyone you think may have interest.

Hope all is well with you and yours.

Dan Hiday

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of our friends and followers. Hope you had a Merry Christmas, we did here at the Hiday Farm. As usual 2015 was very busy, the year flew by and with the addition of a dairy in 2016 things will get even busier.

Speaking of the dairy, I want to answer a couple of questions being asked. Is it going to be organic?
The Hiday Farm is Certified Organic through a certified organization called Ecocert. Our hay fields and pastures are certified organic and this alone costs me over $1000 a year and requires lots of paperwork. In order to certify farm animals they have to have been born on your organic farm and also costs another fee. To begin with we will have to purchase cows and heifers to start our herd, so until we have dairy stock born on our farm we will not have organic cows. However keep in mind these cows will be eating certified organic pasture and forage crops. So the milk may not be able to be certified on paper, but in reality it is organic.

Another question has to do with the type of milk we plan on providing. This is going to be what we call "Udder Direct Milk".  In other words this milk is going to come from the cow, go to the pasteurizer, be minimally processed, bottled and then to you. This will be a whole milk and the fat content will vary from season to season. As a cow moves through a lactation her milk will change some. It changes as her food supply moves from spring grass to fall grass and then to winter forages. As your milk sits in your frig over night the cream will rise to the top of the bottle. Our intentions are to use plastic jugs and not glass bottles.

Please feel free to give me a call at 517-765-2268 with any questions you may have.

Thanks and hope all is well with you and yours.