Pepe Saya Organic Butter now available!
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Here at Pepe Saya we are committed to being your one stop shop for all your buttery needs.
We started off our company in 2010 with a commitment to perfecting cultured butter…fast forward eight years, and we feel like we have done a pretty good job…
Now it’s time to expand our range to cater to people that like their butter to be ‘buttery’- creating a sweet variety, certified organic butter (so no culture added to the cream). We want to make butter for everyone and everyone’s different needs, leading to our exciting decision to create an organic Pepe Saya range.
We have sourced some of Australia’s best certified organic cream. The fresh cream is simply churned and then individually hand wrapped. Our organic butter is available in a 200gm salted & unsalted variety; our organic ghee in a 190ml glass jar; and organic buttersheets for baking.
We are launching this Saturday 3rd February at the Carriageworks Farmers Market, where you can taste the buttery goodness!
It will be available from Saturday 3rd February at Carriageworks Farmers Market, Sutherland Market, North Sydney Produce Market, Orange Grove Market and Pepe Saya online store.
Our cream comes from Organic Dairy Farmers of Australia Ltd, which is an organic coop based in Geelong, Victoria. Over the next few months we will be visiting some of the farms to learn and share with you about organic dairy farming practices in Australia.
For now we thought we would share with you some questions and answers from our coop, so you can understand what makes organic dairy different from conventional dairy.
I hope you get to try Pepe Saya organic butter xx Pepe
What does the word organic actually mean?
Grown or produced in a way that does not use synthetic inputs. Being organic is one thing, being certified organic is another.
What does organic certification mean?
Organic certification is intended to assure product credibility, product quality and to develop markets. It means products are grown or manufactured free from synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers, hormones, antibiotics and GMO free (genetically modified, transgenic organisms).
Ensuring compliance to standards is verified via a strict audit process. Our farmers are all certified organic and they comply with the strict set of standards.
Why do people use organic?
We know that people are drawn to organic food for a variety of reasons, ranging from superior taste through to concerns about contamination and environmental sustainability. It’s a healthier option (i.e. no pesticide or herbicide residues), product is certified to be free from the nasties mentioned above, and food is grown closer to nature in a way. They are paying for a product that they trust, supporting farming families and primary producers.
We believe that when the soil is healthy, and the cows are happy, we can produce remarkable milk. Ultimately, organic farming is about our future – protecting our soil, our animals, our health – we ensure that we produce dairy products not just for today but for tomorrow.
Are organic purchases on the rise?
Yes. According to IBISWorld, the Australian organic sector is growing at an exponential rate, growing
17% in five years, with dairy products being the most frequently purchased organic food.
People are becoming increasingly concerned about the food they eat, how it’s produced and what additives are involved in its production, so organic products are becoming more desirable. This is seen in the escalating growth and increase in the range of organic food products. Organic is no longer a niche market.
Tell us about the farms where you source your organic cream?
Our farms are in East (Gippsland), Western and Northern Victoria. They are all family owned and operated farms that value intergenerational sustainability.
Breeds of cows?
We have various breeds - Ayrshire, Jersey, Aussie Reds are a few of the breeds. Cross breeds are also common. Organic farmers tend not to use the larger Holstein breed, but there are some that are cross breed.
Certain breeds are more resistant to metabolic issues, which is why they are chosen.
What are the cows fed? Organic? Grass fed?
Most of their diet is grass, hay and silage baled from organically grown grass and organic certified grain if additional supplementation is needed. It is completely GMO free.
Cows are still milked either once or twice a day depending on the farming system in place. Cows are always allowed to walk into the milking shed at a pace they feel comfortable with; they are not rushed or pushed.
If cows are sick/under the weather how are they cared for?
Our cows are treated with a variety of natural treatments, such as homeopathic remedies, apple cider vinegar. Organic cows generally have free range access to minerals and vitamins so that they can choose to supplement themselves if they are lacking any particular nutrient.
Organic cows are “allowed” to produce the volume of milk that their body allows them to. They are not pushed to produce larger volumes than they are genetically capable of.
Our farmers have a genuine concern about the long term health of the land about the herd’s welfare. This results in happy cows and remarkable tasting milk and dairy products.