Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Snacking on Stonyfield

I've been a fan of Stonyfield Organic Yogurt since running the Half at the Hamptons in 2011 where I was given some greek yogurt at the finish line. Last week the New Hampshire Blogger and Tweeters got together for another Blog&Tweet event at Stonyfield Farm to find out more about the amazing organic yogurt being made right here in New Hampshire.


Here's the scoop on Stonyfield in a nutshell:

It all started with a man and a mission. Samuel Kayman, an organic farmer, teamed up with Gary Hirschberg, an environmental activist, to make great yogurt and help the Earth. A school fundraiser in the 1980s turned into Yogurt Works in Londonderry which has made Stonyfield the biggest producer of organic yogurt in the world!

Our Blog&Tweet group was met by our hosts Kristina and Chandra who explained that although tours of the plant no longer took place, we would be taken on a virtual film tour (similar to this one) which gave us the history of Stonyfield Organic Yogurt and a peek into the process.


Now, I went to this event already knowing what my favorite Stonyfield organic yogurt product was, but that didn't stop me from trying some new things that Kristina and Chandra pointed out to us. Ok, they really just told us to grab and try whatever we wanted from the chillers.


I first tried some Blends. This is the new yogurt for people (like me) who don't like big chunks of fruit. Instead of being on the bottom of the cup, the fruit is blended. It was good, but I still like the thicker Greek (formerly Oikos) yogurt best. Thanks to the taste-testing, I discovered two new greek flavors: raspberry and honey. 


Although I'm not a huge ice cream person, I tried some frozen yogurt. Stonyfield is the only maker of organic greek froyo at this time. I really liked the honey flavor, and lucky for me, Kristina and Chandra encouraged us to take home the leftovers.

  
The last product I tried will probably become one of my favorite Stonyfield products: frozen yogurt bars. These bars are nonfat frozen yogurt dipped in organic dark chocolate. I thought the Gotta Have Vanilla tasted just like the ice cream bars I used to get with my elementary school lunches. 


So after an evening spent learning all about Stonyfield and eating a whole lot of yogurt, Kristina and Chandra sent us all home with a reusable ChicoBag filled with Stonyfield goodies including a Yogurt Cookbook and coupons along with a case of Brown Cow (sister company in California) Cream Top Greek Desserts.

Yogurt is a runner's best friend. For one thing, it is a great source of protein, carbs, vitamins, probiotics and calcium. Walk into any grocery and you will find a lavish amount of yogurt choices, but what sets Stonyfield apart is that it is organic. 

from Stonyfield website

Ever wonder how organic yogurt is made? Here's what I learned from my visit:
1. Organic milk is delivered to Stonyfield Yogurt Works from organic farms
2. The milk is heated to kill the bad bacteria
3. Good bacteria is added and the mixture is put into cups with fruit or other ingredients
4. Filled cups are put into the incubator (hot room) to form into yogurt
5. The yogurt is then stored in a refrigerated warehouse

Besides being good for you, Stonyfield Organic Yogurt is also good for the Earth. Here are some of the ways they try to decrease their carbon footprint:
1. Solar panels are used to generate power to the plant
2. They use foil tops instead of plastic lids
3. The waste from random testing along the process is fed to farm animals
4. They built a wastewater treatment plant to reduce energy use 
5. They select the most direct routes for delivery trucks

In addition to making great yogurt and helping the planet, each year Stonyfield celebrates Earth Day with a festival and a 5K. The 5K has been on my bucket list for a couple of years, but I hope to run it in 2014. Maybe some of these ladies will join me?





12 comments:

  1. my seven year old would eat the frozen yogurt bars for everysinglemealandsnack if Id let her :)

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  2. I love Stonyfield, the Honey Fro Yo is one of my favorites. I am so bummed I couldn't make it! Glad to see you all had such a wonderful time!

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  3. Stonyfield has so many awesome products! Hope you can make the next one!

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  4. LOL! Me too. The grocery I went to today didn't sell them :(

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  5. Wow, it's great to learn all of that information. I'm always on the lookout for new yogurts and agree, blended flavors are much better. I do love my desserts so I'll have to look for those bars as well. Thanks!

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  6. Bummed I missed the event! Love Stonyfield! I've been meaning to do the Earth Day 5k for years too. I think we need a meetup for the 2014 event! ;)

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  7. So fun not only for a meet-up but to get to leran more about Stonyfield! I love their yogurt and have since high school. Such a great company!

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  8. So fun and so great to see you! Thanks for passing on my sweatshirt!

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