One of the farmers who came to the very first meeting of Stroudco Food Hub back in October 2006 was Jess Vaughan whose family has kept a dairy herd at Hardwicke Farm near Gloucester for three generations.   Her farm is organic and meets all Stroudco’s high animal welfare standards. All of ‘Jess’s Ladies’ graze on luscious organic pasture, which results in the milk containing higher levels of natural omega 3 than most supermarkets milk.  Even organic supermarket milk is often sourced from cows which are fed GM soya and rarely see the light of day.
Jess’s Ladies delicious organic unhomogenised milk and yogurt has been very popular with Stroudco shoppers for nearly ten years now so we were very pleased to hear that Jess has added organic buttermilk to her Stroudco range.
This buttermilk prepared in the traditional way has health benefits as it contains probiotic microbes and is sometimes referred to as “Grandma’s probiotic”.   It is also soothing to stomach and skin.  The fat content of buttermilk is far lower than that of milk or curd as fat is removed during churning.  The probiotic nature of buttermilk is beneficial to the gut and improves immunity when taken regularly.  One cup of whole milk contains 157 calories and 8.9 grams of fat whereas one cup of buttermilk contains 99 calories and 2.2 grams of fat.  Buttermilk contains vitamins, potassium, calcium, and traces of phosphorus.   In some countries it is a favourite traditional drink during summer as it is soothing to the stomach and alleviates minor stomach upsets.  In India, flavouring ingredients such as asafoetida, coriander leaves, ginger, curry leaves and sea salt are mixed with buttermilk to enhance its digestion-aiding properties.