I can’t say as I would recommend a trip to Buhl, Idaho. So much first class farmland wasted on feed corn makes a vegetable farmer shake his head in disgust. All this to feed cows confined to shit filled pens waiting for slaughter or heifers (udders in the shit) needing to be milked. No wonder vegan-ism is sweeping across America (Gernika had a vegan gluten free soup the other day, and it was good). Buhl is, like a big backyard of grass, a homogenized monoculture. And like the dandelion that pokes it’s yellow head up in this sea of green, Cloverleaf Creamery is a beautiful change of scenery.
Located in downtown Buhl, the creamery is a retail shop for a dairy farm in Buhl. The milk comes in old fashioned glass bottles, the butter’s fresh and packed right there in the back room. They have all the dairy fixings: cream, cottage cheese… But the main attraction is the ice cream. I recommend elk track ice cream. Huge single scoop cone for only $2.50. Cloverleaf Creamery gives me hope for rural Idaho’s future even in the face of huge mountains of manure and field after field of field corn.
The dairy geniuses at Cloverleaf pasture their Holsteins. They also keep the herd small (60 head) so as they can focus on a quality product. These guys handle the milk from cow to customer. There is an oasis in this culinary desert after all.
Cloverleaf Creamery: 205 Broadway Ave, South Buhl, ID, 83316.