Our purpose at Vital Farms is to bring ethically produced food to the table, and we believe that pasture-raising animals is the most humane and sustainable way to do so. Until now all our products have come from chickens, but they’re certainly not the only Girls on Grass™ who deserve to be raised with respect! We’ve worked long and hard to bring to market a dairy product that is worthy of the Vital Farms brand.
Small herds of suitable breeds (Jerseys and Guernseys for example) are tended by experienced American family farmers on well-managed lands. They are free to graze every day, and supply a rich, high-fat milk that is just right coming off the farm. And that’s before our butter makers get their hands on it.
How cream is churned really matters in butter-making, and the secret is going small and slow. Artisanship and patience are rewarded with a butter that is beyond compare. The folks who slow churn our butter in small batches have been doing it the same way for over 120 years, with five generations of the same family passing father to son, at one of America’s oldest creameries.
We’re proud of how we treat all the beautiful animals who are working hard to produce the best food for us, whether it be happy hens, or, contented cows!
Learn More About Grass-Fed Alfresco Butter
Is Alfresco Butter grass-fed?
Yes. Grass foraged from pasture is the primary component of our cows’ diet. While they are free to graze as much as they like, due to seasonality and weather, some of our farmers choose at times to supplement their diet with other feedstuffs including some grain (much of which is non-gmo).
What do we mean by ‘small herds’?
Herd sizes vary on the 90 or so family farms from which our milk comes. The largest has 250 head, the smallest is under ten, and most average between 50-60 milking cows. We feel the stewardship of animals is best achieved on small farms.
How often are the cows milked, and how is it done?
It’s normal for dairy cows to be milked twice a day, and it can become uncomfortable for them if they aren’t. Most of the farms we work with have modern milking equipment, but some continue to milk by hand to this day. Some of our farmers even have special cow-massagers to give the girls an extra treat!
Which breeds are the cows on these farms?
In order to make the most delicious high fat butter, you need the highest quality milk. Jerseys and Guernseys are most common. They are highly efficient at turning grass and water into high butterfat milk, and can have less health issues than other breeds. Plus they’re so cute!
Is your butter nonGMO?
No, our butter is not third party certified by the NonGMO Project. It’s worth noting however that the FDA does not consider milk (or butter) to be “GMO” in any case.
How long will the butter last in the fridge and freezer?
Fresh butter is good for at least six months, a little longer if it’s salted, and can be stored frozen for up to 2 years with no impact to taste or quality!
How is Pasture-Raised Butter Made?