The Smart Way to Buy Local Produce

Producer Focus: Yester Farm Dairies – Farm to Fridge

Yester Farm Dairies Limited is a family run, award winning artisan dairy producing a full range of top quality dairy products on their family farm, Yester Mains, just outside the picturesque East Lothian village of Gifford. The farm is just 25 miles south of Edinburgh and one of only two dairy farms remaining in East Lothian.

Family Jackie and Simon McCreeryThe dairy farm is run by husband and wife team Simon and Jackie McCreery, operating alongside the family farm at Yester Mains. Once milking is finished on the farm the milk can be piped straight from the milking parlour to their modern pasteurisation plant and cheese room on-site where they produce top quality milk, creams, soft cheeses and cultured creams.

Their products are pasteurised, packed, refrigerated and ready for delivery as quickly as possible – avoiding long tanker journeys and ensuring the freshest possible product for customers. This keeps food miles low and offers full traceability.

The freshness of their milk makes really superior soft cheeses including their signature cottage cheese, low fat and luxury soft cheese, traditional diced fire di latter mozzarella as well as cultured creams such as crème fraiche, sour cream and low fat natural yogurt.

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The Cows

Their cows are very important to them and they look after them well. All their cows enjoy time out at grass on the lush East Lothian pastures but they are also fed a nutritionally aboutus_cows_thumbbalanced diet which includes grass or silage (mowed grass), wheat and barley all harvested from their farm. The attention to their cows’ nutrition together with the natural pasteurisation process leads to a top quality, really fresh, tasty product.

The farm operates according to high environmental health standards and are an approved food business establishment licensed to process and sell milk. They are also accredited members of the SALSA Scheme (Safe and Local Supplier Approval).

Jackie has been part of Haddington Food Assembly since its launch on 9th May offering their full range of award winning produce. Become a free member today and browse 100s of products from over 17 local food producers, farmers & artisan crafts.

At Yester Farm Dairies we were delighted to become part of the Haddington Food Assembly because its whole ethos fits with our own – supplying fresh local product “from farm to fridge”. We are an on-farm small scale processing dairy and we also make our own artisan range of soft cheeses and cultured creams. We don’t sell through any of the big supermarkets so The Haddington Food Assembly was an ideal route to our local market for us. There’s no waste – we just bring with us what has been ordered each week. It’s also a sociable weekly event and a great way of getting to know other local food producers. We can envisage that some commercial collaborations will flow from the Assembly.
Jackie McCreery, Yester Farm Dairies