Castle Rock Organic Farms
Castle Rock Organic Farms produces milk the way nature intended. For the Kostka family, that's not just a slogan, but a vision for a way of life for people, animals and the land.
We recently visited Castle Rock's dairy just outside of Osseo, WI. The family has been farming in the state for five generations, and they transitioned the farm to organic in 2000. Carla Kostka and her son, Jake, gave us a tour of the farm and the dairy, where they pasteurize and bottle milk, make cheese, and churn ice cream. Castle Rock is a single-source or farmstead dairy, where all the products they make come from their own herd of 150 cows.
We visited on a bottling day, and made it there just in time to see them finish their whole milk and bottle their chocolate. Check out a quick video to see this human-scale operation at work. Warning: it can be mesmerizing and may make you crave cookies and milk.
Castle Rock is a great example of a local producer that is sustaining the land while creating delicious and fresh products.
Here at Common Roots Cafe, we get two deliveries from Castle Rock each week of about 50 gallons of milk and cream. That represents the weekly production of 1.5 cows! So next time you order a latte or put cream in your coffee, think of the Kostkas, their cows and their pastures that are doing things the way nature intended.