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August 15, 2014

Two Omaha Hy-Vee Grocery Stores Add Sustainable, Humane Local Cheeses

Hy-Vee’s work with new farmer-owned businesses supports local food system

Two Omaha Hy-Vee stores have started offering cheeses from three local dairies that use organic and humane practices and raise cows on green pastures:  Branched Oak Farm, Davey Road Ranch and Dutch Girl Creamery. The cheeses are made from both cow’s milk and goat’s milk. The Humane Society of the United States worked to connect Hy-Vee with the farms as part of its effort to help farmers with high animal welfare standards compete against factory farms.

The two stores, located at 709 N 132nd St. and 3410 N 156th St., offer local products throughout the year, but are offering more options through this new partnership with local farmers working together to branch into larger volume sales.

Lone Tree Foods, a network of local food producers, worked with the three farms, providing training in food safety practices and other professional development. As a result, the farms are able to expand beyond farmers markets and better compete against industrialized agribusinesses which are bad for animals and family farmers.

Lone Tree Foods Manager Lori Tatreau said: “We are thrilled to be working with this locally owned and operated company. It is a great fit for our farmers and offers them a wonderful chance to scale up production and expand beyond farmers markets and CSAs.”

Media Contact: Cheylin Parker, 301-258-1505, cparker@humanesociety.org

 

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