by Laura Steiger, Outreach Team
Celebrate the season with local eggnog!
Spike your coffee and baked goods with some nog, or spike your nog with some booze.
Whatcom County is dairy country. With numerous small dairies dotting our county landscape, it’s our good fortune to enjoy the crème de la crème of eggnog! Fresh, local, and made with care right here in our pastoral paradise.
it’s our good fortune to enjoy the crème de la crème of eggnog
At the Co-op, we get pretty jazzed when eggnog season arrives and we are proud to carry some exceptional eggnog from two of our favorite local dairies.
Twin Brook Creamery
Twin Brook Creamery is a fifth-generation dairy farm in Lynden. It first started making eggnog in 2007, which was also the first year that Twin Brook started bottling its own milk in those now-iconic Twin Brook Creamery glass bottles. From October through December, the creamery will produce about 25,000 gallons of eggnog for its enthusiastic customers.
Larry Stap, the great-grandson of Jacob and Tryntje Stap who originally established the farm, believes the key to the creamery’s delicious eggnog is its elegant simplicity and quality ingredients. It is made exclusively with the milk from Jersey cows, fresh egg yolks, sweetened with only cane sugar, and seasoned with the perfect combination of spices. “We hear two main comments: This is just like I remember it being made at home; and I don’t like eggnog, but since tasting yours I now can say that I have found one I like and can drink,” said Larry.
Fresh Breeze Organic
Fresh Breeze Organic is yet another fifth-generation farm in Lynden and has been in the Langley family for more than a century. It also started making eggnog in 2007, when the dairy first began processing its own milk. In 2015, the creamery produced about 7,000 quarts of organic eggnog.
Fresh Breeze eggnog is unique in that it contains all organic ingredients: real whole eggs, nutmeg, organic vanilla, sugar, and milk from the farm. Because there are no thickeners, like the often-used locust bean gum, it is thinner than other eggnog. And Clarissa Langley explained that “the vat pasteurization helps it taste like a homemade eggnog that was simmered on the stove.” Yum!
Indulge in this seasonal delight while it is available
Indulge in this seasonal delight while it is available, and pick up a bottle of your favorite local eggnog to keep in the fridge for flavoring your coffee, baking, or for an after-dinner drink spiked with a splash of crème liqueur or rum.
Or, stop by the Co-op and enjoy an eggnog latte prepared by our talented baristas (made with Fresh Breeze Organic eggnog!) and savor this traditional taste of the season.