Cherry Valley Dairy has been an architectural and agricultural feature for more than 80 years. In 2005, the dairy was purchased by eco-preneur Gretchen Garth. She refurbished the 122 acre dairy and creamery to be an example of how artisanal practices and environmental stewardship can come together to nourish the community and respect the land.
Gretchen and the CVD team envisioned a smaller operation with a focus on keeping a healthy, meadow-grazing herd, crafting traditional, natural dairy products, and employing innovative, environmentally-friendly principles to manage the historic farmstead.
In the dairy's past life, it housed hundreds of mixed breed cows, who's milk was sold in bulk fluid milk by the owner. As part of our organization’s sustainability efforts over the past decade, we have reduced the herd to 30 Jersey cows. This allows us to produce all of the cheese and dairy products we make in-house -- all while leaving a smaller carbon footprint.
Cherry Valley Dairy will never use bovine growth hormones on our herd. We strive to keep the cows' diets natural and free of unnecessary antibiotics, artificial additives and harmful chemicals. Our Jersey herd spends the better part of the year grazing in our expansive, lush, and gorgeous meadow in the heart of the Snoqualmie Valley.