Butterworks Farm

Farm/Brand HeadquartersWestfield, VT
ProductsYogurt, A2 milk
Market AreaVT, NH
Total Score1455

Jack and Anne Lazor are two longtime heroes in the organic farming community. In addition to manufacturing Vermont’s “most popular yogurt,”for decades, they’ve helped educate younger farmers and dairy producers transitioning to organic. They write:

“Butterworks Farm is a real farm, located in the mountains of Vermont’s pristine and unspoiled Northeast Kingdom. We are unique among New England organic dairies and yogurt makers for a number of reasons. We’ve been farming organically for 25 years and are always willing to share our knowledge and experience… We grow all the food our cows eat, including corn, oats, barley, soybeans, and alfalfa. All of our cows were born here on the farm. We have a closed herd, which means we don’t buy cows from other farms. Since 1975, during our first days as homesteaders with just a family cow, we have made our yogurt right here on the farm. We use only our own milk to produce this delicious yogurt. Our soils are sweet and mineralized. The extra special “nutty” flavor of our whole yogurt begins with the land we farm.”

Butterworks Farm products can be found at co-ops, health food stores, smaller grocery markets and a few chain stores near their farm location in Vermont and neighboring New Hampshire. Black River Produce of Springfield, Vermont does some Vermont distribution for us as well. Some of their products are sold to and distributed around the Northeast by UNFI (United Natural Foods). Also find them in most Whole Foods Markets in the North Atlantic region.

TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)1455
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
Ownership structure100Farmstead dairy
Milk Supply95Gets some milk from another farm with matching practices
Organic Production100Brand only markets organic
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification100Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF)
Other Labels/Standards0None
Grass-fed90100% grass-fed
Soy Free Ration?Yes
Pasture100Respected leaders in rotational grazing
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate100Very low cull rate
Replacements100Closed herd
Calves80Calves spend the first week spent with mothers
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormones used
Farm Support100Lives on premises
Procurement of Ingredients100No outside ingredients used
Extra Credit0None