Andy Chisholm has traveled many miles since leaving England and moving to the United States. In the southeast US he met his wife Laura and they traveled to Nebraska. They started out wanting to produce food for their family and their dream was to start a dairy and creamery to make dairy products such as cheese, yogurt and ice cream. They have been at several locations in eastern Nebraska the past few years, but have finally found a home in southeastern Nebraska near Unadilla in Otoe County. Andy was a member of our second Farm Beginnings class in Syracuse, NE a few years ago.
Andy, Laura and their children have a small herd of Jersey cows which produce milk, high in butterfat which makes excellent dairy products.
Their farm and creamery are located northwest of Unadilla at 1875 D Rd, Unadilla, NE. While their main focus is the dairy, they also have some other food they raise and sell. This includes: asparagus, strawberries, eggs and pork. The Chisholms participate in the Old Market Farmers Market in Downtown Omaha and Ak-sar-ben Farmers Market regularly. They have also sold at the Village Point Farmers Market in Omaha and they are a member of the Nebraska Cheese Guild. While Laura participates in these farmers markets, the bulk of the dairy products produced at the creamery are sold to food coops, restaurants and stores. You can purchase dairy products on the Nebraska Food Coop, an on-line food coop, Open Harvest, a Food Coop at 1681 South St. in Lincoln, NE and at Daddy’s Neighborhood Fresh Market at 4811 NW Radial Hwy in Omaha, NE. Some of their dairy products are featured at area restaurants, including: M’s Pub, Dante’s and Block 16 in Omaha and The Lied Lodge in Nebraska City.
A major event that the Chisholms have hosted at their farm in the past couple of years is Milk Fest. This year it is scheduled for October 22nd and 23rd. This is a fun event for the whole family which has drawn several hundred people. There are a number of venders present, local food, music and drink, games for kids and several fun activities for anyone interested in supporting the local food community.
Here is a photo blog and tour of Chisholm Family Farm and Orchard Hill Creamery located at 1875 D Rd, Unadilla, NE.
This concludes our tour of the Chisholm Family Farm and Orchard Hill Creamery. The Chisholm’s are committed to producing local food, especially a variety of several different value-added dairy products. You can purchase their products at several different locations or you can come out to their farm near Unadilla. It is a very short drive from Lincoln and just a little farther from Omaha. For more information about their farm and/or creamery, go to http://www.chisholmfamilyfarm.com/ or http://www.orchardhillcreamery.com/. Stay tuned for next time when we visit another local food producer in Nebraska or a bordering state.