Twenty-Five Ohio Kroger Stores Now Offer Amish-Produced Certified Organic Milk from Green Field Farms
Green Field Farms certified organic milk is available in four varieties and represents a sustainable choice from small Amish-owned farms
WESTERVILLE (June 28, 2018) – Amish-produced certified organic milk from Green Field Farms is now available in 25 Columbus Division Kroger stores. Green Field Farms certified organic milk products is available in four varieties – whole milk, 2 percent milk, skim milk and chocolate milk – with all products low-temperature vat pasteurized and non-homogenized. Non-homogenized milk is touted for greater nutritional benefits and easier digestion.
Milk heated to the lowest temperature allowed by law eliminates harmful bacteria without damaging valuable nutrients. Critical enzymes that occur naturally in the milk remain so the product is rich in lactase and other important enzymes.
John Merriman, dairy manager for Green Field Farms, indicated that milk does not require homogenization, which uses a high-pressure process to break down butterfat particles. Vitamins in milk that has not been homogenized bind more easily to the larger butterfat particles, with the body transporting the particles through the entire digestive tract, where they release nutrients.
“Consumers who drink non-homogenized milk benefit from excellent nutrient delivery,” Merriman said. “Because the butterfat particles are in their natural state, the cream rises to the top within the glass milk bottle. We recommend that consumers gently shake Green Field Farms milk products before pouring and drinking.”
Green Field Farms certified organic milk is sold in returnable glass half-gallon bottles so the milk stays cooler longer and less energy is consumed during processing. The milk will initially retail for $5.49 for the half-gallon. Kroger will charge a $2 refundable deposit at checkout, which will be refunded when customers rinse and return the glass bottles to the customer service desk at participating stores.
Based in Wooster, Green Field Farms is a farmer-owned co-op, with 20 small, family-owned dairy farms in Holmes and Wayne counties. Green Field Farms processes its certified organic milk at the co-op’s dairy processing facility in Fredericksburg and operates its own distribution system.
“We have used sustainable farming practices for hundreds of years since our forefathers grazed cows in the Swiss Alps,” Merriman said. “Today, our cattle graze in lush green pastures from early spring into late fall. We use horses to harvest crops of hay and corn to provide high quality feed for our cows during the winter. This healthy diet results in milk products that are rich in cream and nutrients.”
Shoppers will soon be able to purchase Green Field Farms certified organic milk through ClickList, Kroger’s online ordering and store pickup service. Additional store locations will offer the Green Field Farms milk product by the end of the year.
About Green Field Farms:
Green Field Farms was established as a co-op in 2003 to provide the local Amish farming community a vital link between the farm and market. The co-op includes 100 produce growers planting and harvesting approximately 700 acres of certified organic produce, with much of it sold to Kroger. Twenty certified organic family dairy farms produce milk and feed and milk an average 20 cows per the farm. Green Field Farms producers have a motto of “wholesome values, wholesome food” and follow strict guidelines and common principles that reach beyond FDA regulations to provide healthy, nourishing products. For more information, visit www.gffarms.com.
About Kroger’s Columbus Division:
Since 1907, Kroger’s Columbus Division has been serving customers throughout central Ohio. Today, more than 21,000 associates assist customers in 119 supermarkets, 117 pharmacies and 96 fuel centers throughout central and northwest Ohio, as well as southeast Michigan and the Ohio River Valley region. The Columbus Division is home to Kroger’s Great Lakes Distribution Center, The Kroger Bakery, Tamarack Dairy and Kroger Pharmacy’s regional fulfillment center. Focusing its charitable efforts on hunger relief, supporting our nation’s military, breast cancer awareness and local school and education programs, the division donated $4 million in 2017 to more than 4500 local non-profits through the division’s Kroger Community Rewards program. Since 2010, the division has donated more than $3 million to Feeding America food banks throughout the region. Committed to environmental sustainability, currently all division stores participate in organics recycling and 25 stores have earned Energy Star certification through the EPA for reducing energy consumption.
Kroger stores offering Green Field Farms Certified Organic Milk starting June 2018
- 919 East State Street, Athens, OH 45701
- 1375 Chambers Road, Columbus, OH 43212
- 199 Graceland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43214
- 3417 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214
- 150 West Sycamore Street, Columbus, OH 43215
- 1365 Stoneridge Drive, Columbus, OH 43230
- 2090 Crown Plaza Drive, Columbus, OH 43235
- 1177 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240
- 7625 Sawmill Road, Dublin, OH 43016
- 299 West Bridge Street, Dublin, OH 43017
- 7100 Hospital Drive, Dublin, OH 43017
- 300 South Hamilton Road, Gahanna, OH 43230
- 2525 Hilliard-Rome Road, Hilliard, OH 43026
- 6417 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035
- 1501 West 5th Street, Marysville, OH 43040
- 5161 Hampsted Village Way, New Albany, OH 43054
- 1045 Hill Road North, Pickerington, OH 43147
- 3975 West Powell Road, Powell, OH 43065
- 131 State Route 3, Sunbury, OH 43074
- 1955 West Henderson Road, Upper Arlington, OH 43220
- 55 West Schrock Road, Westerville, OH 43081
- 5991 Sunbury Road, Westerville, OH 43081
- 7345 State Route 3, Westerville, OH 43082
- 60 Worthington Mall, Worthington, OH 43085
- 1425 Worthington Center, Worthington, OH 43085