Ice cream & butter (not eaten together) brought me to Petaluma Creamery, the retail shop for Spring Hill Cheese.
All dairy products are made from Jersey cow milk. The shop sells all of Spring Hill’s products plus some selected products from local Petaluma businesses.
There is a lot of sampling and they are not stingy about it. A meal could be had here from samples of the cheese, quark, etc. Both the lemon and the garlic quarks (quark?) I tried were delicious.
There are three flavors of ice cream: vanilla chocolate and a flavor of the month (mocha chip on my visit)
I liked the simplicity of the chocolate. Nothing fancy … it is chocolate ice cream classic … how it should taste.
The vanilla was sold out. Ice cream with chips doesn’t appeal to me, so skipped that. Two dollars bought a good-sized, satisfying cup. Cones are available.
As noted in the link to Melanie’s post, there are root beer floats and milk shakes. I didn’t notice the sandwiches, salads or snacks mentioned. Either it was the wrong time of the year or the wrong day of the week (Friday, IIRC).
Other local products I sampled or bought
- Great … GREAT … smoky hot chipotle-tequila dipping sauce from Sartain's.
- Pleasant lavender honey from Lavender Bee Farm. There were other products including bags of edible lavender. The farm has tours which sounds like fun.
- Petaluma Coffee & Tea Company Blues Breaker coffee, a mild coffee which to me had a cinnamon note to it.
A butter-tasting post by Ruth on the General Board mentioned a butter that had a cheesy taste to it.
I understood what that meant with one bite of Spring Hill Farms butter. The website says they “add a cheddar culture and let it sit for 3 days.” That explains the taste.
They also mention the butter doesn’t burn … VERY true. As usual, I was distracted and the melting butter didn’t burn as usual. This butter gets a permanent spot in my freezer just for that.
This is a rich dense butter that is almost, but not quite waxy. The cream is very noticeable.
I like it better for cooking. It is great on popcorn especially sprinkled with grated cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches or mixed with rice and grated cheese.
Butter is now $7.99 lb.
My favorite butter for spreading on toast is from Vella Cheese which is butter classic to me. It has a perfect sweet clean taste. It is salty but that just brings out the best from the butter.
I like both butters. Spring Hill sells cheese and quark at the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
The shop is closed when Spring Hill opens the pumpkin patch … a really nice pumpkin patch too ... where they will sell an excellent pumpkin ice cream. If enough people ask for it, there’s a chance that the Creamery will sell the pumpkin ice cream in the fall.
Petaluma Creamery & Farm Store @ Spring Hill Dairy
711 Western Ave.
Petaluma, CA 94953
As noted in the above link, the farm is seven miles away from the creamery.
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