Sugar River Dairy is an artisan business located in the hills outside of Albany here in Green County. Named for the Sugar River that meanders through the area, Sugar River Dairy focuses on making just a couple of things and doing them extremely well - yogurt and their new line of sour cream.
Owners Ron and Chris Paris are one of only three artisan, homestead yogurt makers in Wisconsin. They focus on small batch, non-homogenized yogurt created with milk from local cows. The cows eat grass in pastures, and they live their lives without the synthetic growth hormone rBGH.
Ron and Chris create Sugar River Dairy yogurt without additives, stabilizers or high fructose corn syrup. What they do use are high quality, natural ingredients. Natural vanilla. Live acidophilus cultures. Organic cane sugar. Berries. Peaches.
I first tried Sugar River Dairy yogurt a few years ago, and I have not bought any other kind of yogurt since. It is like no other yogurt I have tasted - smooth, creamy and rich with just the right amount of tang. Ron and Chris offer plain and vanilla yogurt as well as raspberry, blueberry, peach and strawberry. The fruit flavors are only in 6 oz cups, and the vanilla and plain are offered in larger 24 oz containers.
Locally, you can purchase them at Brennans or Piggly Wiggly. Sugar River Dairy yogurt is also available in Madison at Whole Foods, Willy St Coop, the Westside Community Market and more. The new line of sour cream is a little harder to find.
You can tour Sugar River Dairy to see how they do things. Just call ahead (608-938-1218) because they do take two days a week to do their deliveries.
For those of you who do not live in Wisconsin, Sugar River Dairy is not for sale out of state. Sorry. I guess you will just have to take a trip here to Green County to try this fantastic yogurt. You can pick it up in a few stores in the Milwaukee area in addition to those I mentioned in Madison.