in Weston is best known for award-winning farmstead sheep’s milk cheeses. But starting this month, consumers can get that natural tang of sheep’s milk with three new flavors of yogurt.
Only Ewe ,
a plain sheep’s milk yogurt, was introduced last May in all Hen House locations, as well as the Central Market specialty supermarket chain in Texas. The yogurt won a second place award for outstanding quality and flavor at the American Cheese Society’s 2013 competition.
Now three more flavors join the lineup: maple, blueberry-rosemary and cranberry-peach-ginger. The natural flavorings and cane-syrup sweetener are shipped to the farm’s creamery. There they are added to the yogurt, which has a thinner consistency more similar to kefir than to other commercial yogurts.
Adding small-batch yogurt has allowed the women-owned farm to produce a unique, high-quality product at an everyday price point ($2.49 per 6-ounce serving). It is also appealing to health-conscious consumers, who in recent years have moved toward creamier styles of Greek yogurt for the cleaner taste, more luxurious texture and higher nutrition content.
At 10 grams of protein per serving, sheep’s milk yogurt is neck and neck with Greek yogurt, and it is high in healthy fats, vitamins and nutrients. Sheep’s milk is lower in saturated fats than other milk types, and often people who can’t tolerate cow’s milk yogurt can eat yogurt made with sheep’s milk.
Green Dirt’s co-owner/farm manager, Jacqueline Smith, is partnering with other sheep farmers in the region to increase the milk supply for future products, such as a sheep’s milk frozen dessert scheduled to reach supermarkets in the next year.