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Learned last night that a butter named “Falfurrias” is carried at the local store. Falfurrias is a town in South Texas.  A quick Google search reveals some of the butter’s history, at a creamery established in 1909 by Edward C. Lasater (1860-1930), a South Texas rancher, dairyman, and land developer.  As you can see by the packaging and readily available information,  it appears this butter is a proper South Texas gem.

It seemed too good to be true. And it was.

Turns out Falfurrias butter isn’t made in Falfurrias at all. It’s made in East Texas at the DFA Winnsboro plant and packaged/marketed/distributed through DFA.  Hard to tell when they sold out, but I estimate it has been at least 40 years based on the looks of the abandoned Falfurrias creamery, which now houses the local newspaper. It has also proven difficult to get information from the Falfurrias chamber of commerce or Keller or DFA (which owns Keller). DFA is huge. Headquarters? Kansas City, MO.

Falfurrias Creamery, now housing local newspaper publisher.

What really steams my pickle is the misleading advertising. The website says: “Family. Tradition. Falfurrias.  One of Texas’ best-loved and most familiar butter brands, Falfurrias Butter has been a Texas institution since 1909.”  Well…umm…not really. A substantial number of people are increasingly drawn to local products, hoping to support smaller producers and intentionally seeking out ones like Falfurrias butter.  Do the milk and ingredients for the butter come from Texas (better yet, South Texas) dairy cows? Is it still being made by the Lasater family? How would we know it’s manufactured in the same plant using the same ingredients as Borden‘s? We wouldn’t.

If Edward C. Lasater knew, he might be churning in his grave.

*I have no idea what that means but it feels fantastic to say.

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noahthompson

Noah Thompson who runs Victoria Farmers Market

VICTORIA FARMER’S MARKET

When: from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Where: 2805 N. Navarro St., in front of the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center

For more information about the Victoria Farmer’s Market or to sell produce at the local market, call market manager Noah Thompson at 361-277-2268.

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Happy Cows at Chaloupka Farm

Happy Cows at Chaloupka Farm

Chaloupka Farm consists of three generations of dairy farming in Lavaca County, dating back to 1947 when Ernest and Marcella Chaloupka began milking just three Jersey cows. They currently milk Jerseys, Holstein/Jersey crosses, and Holsteins, and are in the process of moving to a full Jersey herd.

Chaloupka Farm cows are fed a ration that includes home-grown feedstuffs such as hay, silage, greenchop—all that are fertilized with natural products.  The fresh raw milk they offer comes straight from a group of pure-bred Jerseys cows that are separate from the rest of the herd. Their milk is tested often by the Texas Department of State Health Services to ensure the highest quality of milk and contains no hormones or antibiotics.

The farm also runs a Farmers Market selling fresh garden produce, dairy products, jams and jellies, plants and more. You can pick up milk anytime – just call ahead to make sure someone will be here.

Corn Maze at Chaloupka Farm

Be sure to check out their  Rocky Creek Maze – 7 acres of corn with carved pathways creating a giant puzzle. They’ll show you the way in, and you find the way out!  Gates open on late September and close late November. Here’s a MAP .

Chaloupka Farm
Selling on Fridays from 5-8pm
784 County Road 251
Moulton, TX 77975

Please call for additional information:
361-596-7292 [or] 361-798-6131

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