Butter is a traditional fat that has been consumed for thousands of years in cultures all over the world. When the anti-saturated fat campaign started in the US, many people stopped using butter and switched to margarines made from hydrogenated vegetable oils, high in trans-fatty acids. Trans-fatty acids are now banned in some European countries, and food manufactures in the U.S. must list all trans-fats used in their products as people seek to avoid them.
Butter is rich in short and medium chain fatty acids, including even small amounts of lauric acid. It is rich in antioxidants as well, in the form of beta carotene, vitamin E, and selenium. It is one of the best sources of vitamin A. Because living grass is richer in vitamins E, A, and beta-carotene than stored hay or standard dairy diets, butter from dairy cows grazing on fresh pasture is also richer in these important nutrients. The naturally golden color of grass-fed butter is a clear indication of its superior nutritional value. (Searles, SK et al, “Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Carotene Contents of Alberta Butter.” Journal of Diary Science, 53(2) 150–154.)
By nature, cows are grazing (grass-eating) animals. 85–95% of dairy cows today are raised in confinement on a diet of grain, particularly corn, because it is far more cost-efficient for agribusiness. This grain-based diet can cause changes in the ph in cows, creating many abnormal physiological conditions in the cow which can increase the need for the use antibiotics. Many of these dairy cows are fed a variety of growth hormones to increase milk production. Most grocery store shelves offer the dairy products from these types of cows. Butter from grain-fed cows is very high in the omega-6 fatty acids, of which most people are consuming too much due to the high amounts of omega 6 vegetable oils and foods in the US diet. The omega-3 fatty acids in most conventional dairy products today are very low, and most people are dangerously deficient in them. Milk from grass-fed cows has a much higher content of omega-3 fatty acids.
The CLA Advantage
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a naturally occurring free fatty acid found mainly in meat and dairy products in small amounts. CLA was discovered by accident in 1978 by Michael W. Pariza at the University of Wisconsin while looking for mutagen formations in meat during cooking. The most abundant source of natural CLA is the meat and dairy products of grass-fed animals. Research conducted since 1999 shows that grazing animals have from 3–5 times more CLA than animals fattened on grain in a feedlot. Simply switching from grain-fed to grass-fed products can greatly increase your intake of CLA. (Dhiman, T. R., G. R. Anand, et al. (1999). “Conjugated linoleic acid content of milk from cows fed different diets.” J Dairy Sci 82(10): 2146–56.)
Good butter made from the milk of cows grazing on grass is hard to find these days. We offer here some of the best butter found anywhere in the world: all from the milk of grass-fed cows. Good butter from grass-fed cows is very distinct in its rich yellow color, due to high amounts of beta carotene.
Note: Cold storage and frozen items like butter are shipped from a separate location and have separate shipping charges from non-cold storage items. Shipping charges depend on weight and zip code, and will be chosen at check out. Orders are shipped Monday through Wednesday each week. Due to the nature of the products, perishable food items such as meat, poultry and dairy are not eligible for refund or return. If the shipment is damaged we will replace it.
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Allgau German Butter
The Allgäu Alps in Germany. An "alp" refers to a high mountain pasture where cows are brought to for grazing.
For many generations the family farms in the Allgäu region of Southern Germany have fed their family cows only grass and grass hay. Using their local breed, the Allgäu brown cow, the herdsmen in the Allgäu mountain region safely guide the cows down from the mountains to spend the winters in their cozy barns, and are led back up to the Alps every spring.
The local Allgäu brown cow is specially suited for the high mountain altitudes of the Bavarian Alps, where they graze on lush green grass all summer long. The butter from this pristine region has more cream than most butters, and is famous throughout Europe.
Now from the family farms of Allgäu this handcrafted tradition is presented to you and your family. This pure German Butter is one of creamiest butters you will ever taste!
- 100% grass and grass hay (winter) fed cows
- RBST Free milk
- Cows graze at a high elevation on small family Alpine farms
- 2 ingredients cream and cultures
- 82% butter fat
3 packages (unsalted)
8.8 oz. each
Nordic Creamery Butter
Nordic Creamery is family owned and operated making some of Wisconsin's finest gourmet, artisan butter from the milk of cows on pasture.
Award-winning Cheesemaker and Buttermaker Al Bekkum and his family live on the Bekkum-Langaard Farmstead owned and operated by their family since immigration from Norway in 1917. The farm is located among other Norwegian settlers in Westby, Wisconsin within Vernon County's lush, green hills and valleys known as the Coulee Region. This un-glaciated land is recognized for its fertile soil and exceptional grazing land making their butter second to none. It is the same area where Grass-fed Traditions secures its grass-fed beef, lamb, and pastured poultry.
The Nordic Creamery plant in Westby Wisconsin, located in the rolling hills of the driftless region.
Photo by Jeremiah Shilhavy.
The Bekkums don’t give their cows any hormones such as rBGH and they don’t add artificial ingredients. Their cows are grass-fed in open pastures during the summer and fed a mostly grass hay diet during the winter as well. They don’t need to add chemicals to their butter; their secret ingredient is freshness!
We offer two varieties of butter from Nordic Creamery, both from the milk of pastured grass-fed cows. The summer butter is from the milk of cows in Wisconsin just after they come out to pasture after the winter months. The cultured butter is a European cultured style butter (also currently from summer milk from cows on pasture.)
The butter is rolled by hand into 3/4 lb. butter rolls.
When the summer butter is not available, we offer Nordic Creamery "Harvest Butter" produced by their herd during the colder winter months in Wisconsin. The cows eat mainly hay, but are supplemented with some non-GMO grains as well during the winter months.
3 Harvest Butter Rolls (salted)
3/4 lb. each
While supplies last
3 Harvest Butter Rolls (unsalted)
3/4 lb. each
While supplies nearing
best used by date last
|3 Summer Butter Rolls (salted)
3/4 lb. each
|3 Summer Butter Rolls (unsalted)
3/4 lb. each
Grass-fed Organic Sweet Cream Butter
The milk used to produce this high quality whipped butter comes from small family farms in Pennsylvania. These farmers do not use pesticides or herbicides on their farms. Their cows are not given any antibiotics or synthetic hormones. The farm and processors are inspected and certified by Quality Assurance International to ensure strict adherence to the organic standards set forth by the USDA.
Natural by Nature created a whole system in which grass-fed organic milk could be produced, transported, processed and packaged, independent of the huge, volume based milk industry. Strict adherence to organic principles and a dedication to high quality governs their farm operations.
Cows are meant to eat grass, not exclusively grain. Pastured cows are healthier and less stressed. At Natural by Nature they strive to make fresh pasture the main diet for the cows. The farmers own and operate small family farms in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
|Grass-fed Organic Whipped Butter
8 oz. each
|Grass-fed Organic Whipped Butter
8 oz. each
Orders are shipped Mondays through Wednesday each week.
*Note: Cold storage items like butter are shipped from a separate location and have separate shipping charges from non-cold storage items. Shipping charges depend on weight and zip code, and will be chosen at check out. Orders are shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays each week. Due to the nature of the products, perishable food items such as meat, poultry and dairy are not eligible for refund or return. If the shipment is damaged we will replace it.
Note: All of our fine butters are made from pasteurized milk. US law prohibits us from selling raw butter.