Seven Stars Farm is located in Phoenixville, PA, approximately 25 miles from Martindale’s. They take great pride in producing high-quality, fresh, local dairy products, including yogurt and heavy whipping cream. The story behind Seven Stars Farm is vast but most notable is their utilization of biodynamic agriculture.
Biodynamic agriculture is similar to organic agriculture, but a bit more robust. It is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition. It was established by the philosopher and scientist Dr. Rudolph Steiner in the 1920s. One of the primary principles of biodynamic agriculture is that the farm is a living organism that works cohesively to bring the animals and plants together. Additionally, all animals are treated with respect, the biodiversity of the natural ecosystem inspires the farms, and biodynamic preparations and compost are used to enhance soil and plant health.
The History of Seven Stars Farm
The farm was founded in 1939 by philanthropist Mabel Pew Myrin and her husband, Alarik. The original farmland, then named Kimberton Farms, was 1,000 acres in size. The land purchase was complete with two intentions in mind. Firstly, to test the practicality of Dr. Steiner’s biodynamic method of agriculture. Secondly, to open a school that utilizes Dr. Steiner’s “Waldorf” approach to education. The Myrin’s brought on Dr. Ehrenfried Pheiffer to drive their biodynamic approach on the farm and to lead the way in starting a biodynamic training center. He remained on site for only a brief time but made great strides towards the Myrin’s vision.
Kimberton Farms continued to develop and thrive. Eventually, some big changes came about in the 1970s, with the property being divided between Kimberton Hills Camphill Village and the Kimberton Waldorf School. This divide left the farm with approximately 420 acres. More changes occurred in the 1980s, most importantly, was the farm’s long-term lease to Edie and David Griffiths in 1987. Subsequently, the operation becomes Seven Stars Farm, as we know it today. Shortly after the change in name, the local dairy began to produce their now well-known yogurt. In the early 2000s, the Griffiths partnered with the Dunphy family. Since then, stewardship belongs to the Dunphys, who continue to operate the farm today.
Fresh and Local Dairy from Seven Stars Farm
Heavy Whipping Cream
For over 30 years, following biodynamic agriculture practices, the farm has used composts, herbal preparations, and crop rotation to provide sustenance for their cows. We’re talking about lots of tasty grass to graze on. Their herd of Jersey cows grazes from early spring through late fall, coming indoors only for milking. Each animal gets tender, loving care, with farmworkers following all organic practices along the way. The care taken to follow such practices builds and sustains the soil, plants, and animals. Pasture grazing greatly benefits the cows and the environment. Not to mention, all the additional nutritional benefits that products made from grass-fed milk provide to its consumers.
One of the key characteristics of the heavy whipping cream is that it is vat pasteurized. Thus, the pasteurizing occurs at the lowest possible temperature of 145 degrees. This process allows the heavy cream to retain a high percentage of the milk’s natural enzymes and beneficial bacteria which adds to the flavor. For that reason, many chefs appreciate it for their cooking. You can use the silky, mouthwatering cream at home by adding it to tea or coffee, using it in your favorite sweet treats, or turning it into butter. Great care and attention to detail occur while making the heavy whipping cream. Those enjoying it can expect a pure, fresh, and clean taste with just a single ingredient, cream.
The Seven Stars Farm heavy whipping cream is:
- USDA Organic
- Non-GMO Project certified
- BPA free
- Made from one ingredient only: Grade A pasteurized organic cream.
Each batch of yogurt goes through processing right on the farm in small batches. It is important to note, that while the farm is certified biodynamic, their yogurt is made with the help of certified organic milk from organic partner farms. That makes the yogurt certified organic, but not certified biodynamic. Many organic products can be subject to over-processing, but not Seven Stars USDA Organic yogurt. As a result, this makes for top-quality milk, which in turn makes for a top-quality, best-tasting yogurt.
Seven Stars Farm promises high-quality yogurt with:
- Ingredients you can trust
- No artificial flavors, sweeteners, or stabilizers
- No herbicides or pesticides
- Non-GMO Project certified
- Unhomogenized dairy with a rich, golden layer of cream on top
- Yogurt full of beneficial probiotics, including Lactobacillus paracasei, Bifidobacterium species, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Streptococcus thermophiles, and Lactobacillus delbrueckii bulgaricus.
The organic yogurt is available in plain, vanilla, maple, and low-fat plain.