What is there to know about Pleasant Meadow Creamery?
WHERE WE SELL: We sell raw milk directly from the farm.
We also sell at the following retail locations:
- Winter Ridge Natural Foods in Sandpoint, Idaho
- Heritage Meats and More at 8827 N. Government Way, Hayden, Idaho
- Pilgrim’s Market in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
We are currently doing drop points in Rathdrum, Idaho and Athol, Idaho. If you are interested in receiving your milk at a drop point, please contact us.
WHAT THE COWS EAT:
Pasture: Our cows are on irrigated pasture 7 days a week (except when the weather is bad) for 10-12 hours a day between mid-April and November . We bring them in at night to protect them from the chilly temps and dew. They sleep in a clean stall in the barn with lots of open windows for fresh air.
Hay: We grow our own clover/grass hay. We do not use synthetic chemicals on our fields. We fertilize using ducks, chickens, and biotic fertilizer from Perfect Blend.
Grain: We feed approximately 12 pounds per cow per day of certified organic, GMO free grain from Big Sky Organic Feed in eastern Montana (a division of Montana Flour). The blend we get is corn, soy, and canola free. The primary ingredients are barley, lentils, and peas.
Paul Herndon was born in Richmond, Virginia and raised in northern California outside of Sacramento.
He went to an all-male military academy in Missouri for high school, and then got his Bachelors in Operations Management from Arizona State University. At the age of 29, he was fortunate to meet and marry Debra, who hails from southern California.
In 2004, Paul and Debra decided to move to northern Idaho. They purchased a 20 acre forested property in Sagle, Idaho and a house in Sandpoint. Paul then built a barn on the Sagle property and moved the family into it. Over the course of several years, thereafter, he built a custom timber frame home. Paul was fortunate to add another 20 acres to the farm as well.
After finishing his house, Paul earned a Master of Accountancy with emphasis in taxation from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He manages another business that does small business tax at http://herndoncpa.com.
The Herndons purchased their first Guernsey cow in 2011 as a family milk cow. Because the cow was such a good producer, they began selling milk to others and then added a second cow. Now, they milk several cows and have several more heifers up and coming and plan to add more cows in the next several years.
The dairy plans to build a grade A milking and bottling facility in 2017, to become just the second north Idaho raw milk grade A dairy, with up to 12 producing cows within another year, selling to markets between Sandpoint, Coeur D’ Alene , Post Falls, Rathdrum, and Athol.
Currently, the dairy operates under a small herd exemption, which means the state does not govern facility requirements, but does test the milk monthly for four features – somatic cell count, presence of drugs, total bacteria, and coliform bacteria.
Come grow with us. We want to be your dairymen and want to see you enjoy ‘Guernsey Goodness’!