Hope the first couple weeks in January 2022 have treated you well. Boy are we happy to have a few sunnier and warmer days this week!
We have a few housekeeping items to share, just to keep everyone on the same page.
Brrr! The recent cold weather took its toll on our milk production! Unless otherwise noted, there won't be cream available until the cows freshen closer to spring. This means limited butter and cheese making for the next few months.
We do have a few packages cultured butter left in the store so grab them up while you can!
Cheese is coming soon! We have wheels of Cowboy Cheddar ready February 1st, and Cactus Jack on March 2nd!
We are thrilled that orders continue to be even more organized and consistent through our online store. We continue to figure out ways to simplify monthly and weekly ordering, so you may notice some minor changes as you place your orders. This is just us perfecting and streamlining the process. If you have any problems or suggestions, please let us know!
No guarantee weekly orders will be fulfilled as our monthly orders are filled first.
While cash and check are overall still the preferred methods of payment, we have found Venmo to be the most convenient way for our customers to pay on time. Venmo is linked directly from our order page so you can get ordering and payment all done at once.
If you choose to pay by cash or check, remember payment is due the first of the month. If we don't receive payment by the first delivery of the months, your dairy will not be delivered until payment is received.
The below zero temperatures over the holidays were not kind to our Worland drop off location, as some of you found out!
During the winter months, it is very important you pick up your dairy products ASAP after delivery! The refrigerator can dip well below freezing in that location and, while your dairy actually freezes quite well, your bottles do not. When canning jars freeze, it causes anything from small stress fractures to potentially completely shattered glass bottles. Either way, it renders these jars not able to be used in the dairy any longer.
Claire ended up with several broken and several cracked jars as well as a frozen milk covered fridge to clean up a couple weeks ago at our Worland drop location. Not only is this sad for the waste of milk, but also because we rely on constant cycle of jars being returned and find we are again low on jars!
As just mentioned above, we find ourselves low on jars. Again!
Please remember that we strive to produce a premium product and part of this is storing and selling them in the best containers possible. Glass jars are not cheap and whenever we lose a jar for any reason it cuts into our small profit margin significantly.
Also, dairy jars should be used exclusively for dairy and exchanged back for continued dairy use. Jars and lids used to house other items, can end up with a dark film/stain on the inside which may make its future use for dairy items impossible.
When in doubt if your jar is still good to be used for dairy, be kind to your Dairy Ladies. Leave us good, clean, and unbroken bottles. Ball canning jars can be purchased at almost all stores in and around Worland including Big Horn Co-op, Bomgaars, Ace Hardware, and Blairs.
We are also trying to slowly switch to using Ball leak proof lids (see picture).
So if you see them next to the jars in the store, feel free to pick up wide and/or regular mouth lids to donate back to Diamond S to be used to keep your products fresh and your refrigerators clean!
Thanks All Folks!
Thanks for keeping up with the happenings of Diamond S Dairy, blessings to all!