Clover Farmstead Organic Butter
*Update March 2009* Sadly this butter is no longer being made, according to one source.
A while back, probably sometime late last Summer, my friend Jen Maiser asked me a question. Had, she wondered, I tried the new butter from Clover, the one that comes in a little crock pot? As she waxed lyrical about this new butter's deliciousness I took mental note. Never one to shy away from trying anything better when it comes to butter I resolved to keep an eye open for this product which didn't prove to be available in my more regular shopping haunts.
Eventually I spied the elusive butter in the chill cabinet at San Francisco's vegetarian cooperative, Rainbow Grocery. I've generally found the cost of shopping at Rainbow to be pretty fair but even so, the price of Clover Farmstead might make you balk just a little, at $10+ for the starter pack which includes the cutesy, ribbon-adorned crockpot or $7+ for the refill.
Let's put the price in perspective. Seven dollars could easily be far less well spent: A couple of coffees or the cheapest glass of wine at your local watering hole might give you some modicum of fleeting delight, but this creamy, salty butter will spread happiness on your toast for a whole two weeks, more or less, depending on how large you like your pleasure. I happen to like mine in thick slabs, almost like cheese. It's that good.
I love this butter. It tastes exactly how I expect a good butter to taste and I don't even need to slather it in Marmite to make it palatable. Unlike some of the artisan butters I've bought from the market, the quality of Clover Farmstead so far has been consistently good. And its pedigree is fine: It starts as organic milk from cows pastured in coastal Sonoma before making the journey to St. Anthony's Farm just outside of Petaluma where there is a small buttery powered by methane gases generated by the farm's cows and the farm work is done by participants in a residential drug and alcohol recovery programme for the poor and homeless.
So, not only does this butter have good taste, it has a heart and it has a soul. Now that's a message I'd like to spread...
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