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Touring the Stonyfield Plant = Yogurt Heaven!

Whew. I just got back home to D.C. — what an awesome, whirlwind weekend!

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This morning, as our last stop (sniff, sniff) on the Blogger Barnstorming Tour, we headed to Stonyfield itself for breakfast!

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It was pretty much yogurt tasting heaven.

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We even got to sample some brand new yogurt flavors — how exciting! First up: Mango Honey!

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This flavor has just hit stores as a seasonal item and is DELICIOUS! Must find.

We also tried their new “B-Healthy” and “B-Well” yogurts, which will be in stores later this year.

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They were both really good — I can’t wait until they’re available! I especially loved the B-Well “Berry Harvest” — I love me some berries.

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I also finally got the chance to try the new Caramel Oikos (Stonyfield Greek yogurt)!

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Yum! It was very decadent — this would be great as a healthy dessert :) Or maybe even in baked goods! Must experiment…

We may or may not have also tried the baby yogurt, heh.

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They are blended with all sorts of healthy things and in fun combinations, too. We tried the “pear & green beans,” “apple & sweet potato,” and “peach & squash.” Very tasty!

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I think my favorite was actually the pear and green beans — sounds weird but it was good!

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To accompany our yogurt tasting, we had an amazing egg, black bean, tomato, and spinach casserole:

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Some fruit:

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And super yummy scones, which I wasn’t able to eat more than a few bites of — so full!

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After breakfast and the yogurt explosion, we got suited up to tour the Stonyfield yogurt plant! It was like getting dressed for one of my chem or bio labs, but with the addition of really sexy hairnets, helmets, and shoe covers. ;)

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Heh. I should probably dress like that more often ;)

The plant tour was really cool! It was neat seeing the assembly lines with the products whizzing by.

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Milk comes to Stonyfield from the farms in big trucks. From there, it takes about 48 hours to process, pasteurize, and turn it into yogurt!

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We learned that once the yogurt is packaged, it has to get “incubated” in a really warm room for a couple hours to activate the live bacteria cultures. Cool! The holes in the packaging allow for proper air flow.

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Once it’s properly incubated, it’s transferred to a refrigerated area and kept cold during the rest of the process.

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SO much yogurt!!

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Stonyfield said they are working to make their plant fully renewable, meaning they would be a zero waste facility — lots of recycling and reusing! Sweet! They currently have 5,000 square feet of solar power paneling on their roof, which powers about 50kw worth of their energy. Apparently this is actually not a lot compared to how much they use, but they are working on it! It’s very inspiring to see a company so committed to the environment. And no, no one paid me to say that :) I was just really impressed this whole weekend by Stonyfield and their staff. They were so passionate and knowledgeable!

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This will be a very exciting week on the blog — stay tuned for posts featuring:

  • The amazing local, organic food we ate (including some recipes!)
  • The answers to your questions about organic food
  • Each of the farms we visited (including videos of the farmers!)

Now it’s time to get seriously caught up on homework — I miss New England already!

Comments

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    Looks like you had an amazing time! The Mango Honey yogurt sounds awesome, thanks for sharing! Love that the Stonyfield cow is wearing a lei, haha!

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    I love that big yogurt coming out of the building!

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    So cool! My dream would be to visit the endangered species chocolate plant, but yogurt’s OK ;-)

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    OMG yogurt heaven! Seriously I would have bought and tried one of everything I could get my hands on. It’s nice to know that they are environmentally concious and are trying to become fully renewable. Loooove it!

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    Ah that is yogurt heaven, lucky you! Haha I love that you guys got to wear all the gear, so offical looking :)

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    What a great experience!!! Can’t to hear more about it :)

    My daughter LOVES YoBaby! She eats it every day :)

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    Amazing pictures!!! That’s soooo cool that you got to see behind the scenes. I just saw Food Inc. & I am very impressed with Stonyfield.

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    Ahhh! You just made my day by saying they are trying to become fully renewable…just another reason why I knew I loved Stonyfield. And, ps…the mango honey is to die for! I just tried it.

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    NOM. NOM. NOM. what an amazing trip! i’m so glad that you shared so much of your fun trip with us!

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    What a wonderful adventure you have had!!! And that is A LOT of yoghurt!!!!

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    I hope I can find the Honey Mango soon, it sounds SO amazing! It took me until December to find the Pumpkin :(

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    One word: awesome!

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    Wow, what a great trip Anne! I am dying to try the new flavors. Thanks for the sneak peak! :)

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    I didn’t know those Yo Baby cups had veggies in them too! Not that I even have kids, but that’s so awesome to me for some reason!

    I’ve been wanting to try the Caramel Oikos, but I hate that you can only buy it in 4 packs… I just want to try one before I commit to 4, you know?!

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      I know that’s why I hadn’t tried it yet! It was good – definitely very sweet and dessert-ish though! And I was amazed by the veggies, too :)

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    Sweeeet outfits!! ;-) I’m excited to hear about all of the farms you guys visited!

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    So glad you liked Stonyfield & New England! PS: Love the photos of your t-shirt, I have the same one!

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    Melissa says:

    Anne, This is SO awesome!! Everyone who voted for you should get to go too! Now I have a craving for yogurt…

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    I’m wondering why there are no tours of the actual farm? I would like to see the living conditions of the cows. Seems farms never want to show you that. Why?

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