Cabot Creamery is a co-op of 1200 family dairy farms in New York and New England. All profits are paid back to the farmer-owners, and the Board of Directors is composed of dairy farmers. The farmer-owners elect local farmers to represent them on the Board and on co-op committees and are active in policy-making decisions.
The co-op has a tradition of attention to animal husbandry by its farm families and supports participation in the National Dairy FARM Program (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management), which provides guidelines for animal welfare and periodic farm inspections, including some by third party certifiers.
The company manages four plants where its farmers’ milk is turned into other products: they make award-winning cheeses in Cabot and Middlebury, Vermont and Chateaugay New York; they churn butter in West Springfield, Massachusetts; and in Cabot, Vermont, they produce sour cream and other dairy products. The plants employ over 1000 people. Cabot states, “While all our profits are returned to our farmer owners, we are dedicated to supporting our local workforce and the communities in which our members farm and where we produce and sell dairy products.”
As part of our initiative to participate in direct co-op to co-op trade, we’ve partnered with the Cabot Creamery in Vermont to source high quality dairy products at reduced prices. Buying directly from Cabot, without middlemen, saves money for both the buyer and seller, enabling more profit to go to the producers while keeping more in your pocket as well.
Learn more about Cabot on their website, https://www.cabotcheese.coop/.