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Our Philosophy

At Cedar Summit Farm, we’re working every day to create the highest-quality and most healthful dairy products for you and your family. That’s why our cows eat only grass—the food cows were meant to eat.

Our 100% grass-fed milk comes to you from our 450-acre organic dairy farm in New Prague, Minnesota. In the Minar family for four generations, Cedar Summit Farm is invested in the health of our cows, our community, and the environment.

 

Locally Made

Good for your peace of mind, good for the planet

Dave and Florence Minar
Dave and Florence Minar

We as consumers are increasingly uneasy about the source of our food in a global economy. Our underlying belief is that food should be purchased and consumed close to where it is produced.

When you purchase a bottle of milk, grass-fed beef or pork from our New Prague, Minn., farm, you know your food is not being trucked from a distant state or even from another country. It is raised in the pastures and woodlots of Scott County.

Buying local helps support our rural economy and eliminates expensive fuel costs, which lessens pollution and helps our planet.

 

Family Farm

Four generations of family farming

Dave’s youngest sister, Debra, circa 1959.
Dave’s youngest sister, Debra, circa 1959.

When you buy from Cedar Summit, you are buying from a family business, not a large cooperative or corporation. Our family, in addition to a few very valuable, committed employees, raises our cows and pigs, runs our creamery, and monitors the quality of our products from top to bottom. We believe that family-owned businesses are the foundation of our economy in America, and you can trust you will always be able to put a face with the products you buy.

Our goal at Cedar Summit is to pass our business down from one generation to another, and we’re looking forward to a fourth and even fifth generation of family operators.

 

100% Grass-Fed

Healthier animals, healthier soil

How Now Brown Cow
How Now Brown Cow

At Cedar Summit, raising “grass-fed” cows isn’t just a marketing catchphrase. We know cows aren’t built to stand for long hours on concrete. Our cows get plenty of exercise and extra muscle tone walking to and from the pasture. And they eat grass — the food cows were meant to eat.

Our healthier and less-stressed herd means we spend 75 percent less on veterinary bills. Our cows also live longer – up to 16 years – and spend more of their productive lives in our milking herd than grain-fed cows would.

Because we maintain pastures instead of raising grain, our sod is strong and healthy and full of microbes that quickly break down cow patties into important soil nutrients. Raising sod instead of grain prevents soil erosion on our farm, contributing to cleaner water for our neighbors downstream.

Our customers also say milk and beef from grass-fed cows tastes better. They know the grass that cows eat is contributing to healthier animals and a healthier product for them.

Meat, eggs, and dairy products from pastured animals offer you a healthier balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids, higher levels of CLA (a fatty acid that is a potential cancer fighter) and lower levels of saturated fats. They are also richer in antioxidants, including vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.

 

Organic

Better for our land and our bodies

The youngest Minar grandchild, Lillian.
The youngest Minar grandchild, Lillian.

Our products are raised organically so you don’t have to eat food that is doused in chemicals, injected with hormones, and coated in preservatives. Our common-sense philosophy is organic is better for our bodies.

It is no surprise that numerous recent food recalls are raising concerns about the origin and methods used to produce food, some of which comes from overseas. Many of us don’t want to take a chance on food grown, packaged, and processed in places like Mexico and China where regulatory standards are not as tough as in the United States.

Our decision to go organic can be traced to 1973, when our third-generation farm patriarch, Dave Minar, had a severe allergic reaction to an herbicide he was mixing. That watershed experience nearly four decades ago set us on a path toward producing healthier food and maintaining a healthier farm.