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May 24, 2010 03:55 PM

Astounding Yogurt from Simmons Family Farm (Farmington, CT)

Simmons Family Farm (from Farmington CT) makes by far the best flavored cow's milk yogurt I've ever tasted. Amazingly, it's even low fat. And inexpensive.

The peach, strawberry, and vanilla flavors are so beautiful and so true that I lapse into reverie. The texture is creamy and luxurious, but with a clean finish due to the lack of fat. I honestly don't know how they do it.

The only retailer I've found is Holbrook Farms in Bethel, CT

Simmons Farm is apparently in financial trouble (see article linked to below). If you know wholesalers or retailers, please point them to this product.

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  1. I don't think I'd buy yogurt from a farm that's been shut down so many times for violations.

    From the article linked above: "She said that the state inspected the farm 34 times between April 2004 and April 2006, and seven times ordered Simmons to stop producing and selling milk. The state inspected the farm twice this spring and again ordered Simmons to stop."

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    1. re: ratbuddy

      That was over four years ago. Sounds like the state did a spot-on job of supervision (CT is very tough). He wouldn't still be open if there were any doubt.

      And this stupendous level of quality makes me implicitly trust anyone involved. I've eaten a lot of wonderful, heartfelt, small-family farm artisinal flavored yogurt. And this is as good as it gets.

      1. re: Jim Leff

        The article is from 2009 though, and mentions inspections 'this spring' that shut him down as well. Maybe I'll get over it and give them a try, but it's a little sketchy in my book.

        1. re: ratbuddy

          Fair enough. But to flip to the converse argument, I noted that CT inspectors are "tough". And that can also breaks the other way, into inane niggling and inflexibility. For example, you will never find unrefrigerated mozzarella cheese in CT, even from those who make it fresh daily and store it, properly, in cool water. Perfectly healthful, but the code says you REFRIGERATE DAIRY PRODUCTS, period.

          It's important for the general public to remember that operators with poor health violation records are not necessarily cynical pigs doing disgusting things in blithe disregard for the suckers who buy their food. There ARE such operators, and health laws are intended to thwart them (and do a great job), but they also catch some conscientious operators in their nets - operators who are trying to use perfectly good, perfectly safe methods that happen not to adhere to the letter of the law.

          Ironically/tragically, such operators tend to be MORE conscientious operators than average, because they stubbornly insist on following non-standard protocol, and there's a fine line between "non-standard protocol" and "artisinal methods".

          The standard protocols, after all, are created according to the chain model, because that's the dominant modern industry standard. Nobody at the DOH is working to build in flexibility to accommodate small batch traditional methods....much less eccentric trail-blazing methods. And violations are charged to the letter, not the spirit of the law. That's the only way it can be; we can't expect inspectors to be wise greybeards invested with broad powers to bend rules according to their superior judgement. That's not how enforcement works - nor should it work that way.

          All this said, this may be a sleazy, cynical operator! But the sublime flavor of his product makes it impossible for me to imagine that. And, being a devoted chowhound, I go with what my palate tells me.

    2. I saw this yogurt at Stew Leonard's (the Newington branch, on the Berlin Turnpike) and bought one container to try. I agree, it's outstanding! I have only had the vanilla flavor so far, but I'm going to go back and buy more. I was surprised when I saw it, since Stew's makes their own brand of yogurt. I hope they continue to carry Simmons! They even had signs posted, promoting it as local, which was what caught my eye.

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      1. re: lpetix

        Vanill'as actually my least favorite. Try peach and strawberry. And I hate those flavors in yogurt, usually.....

        glad to hear they made the big time at Stew's!

        1. re: Jim Leff

          i had a delicious peach yogurt that i bought at wades farmstand on simsbury road today....lowfat and wonderful...

      2. OK, gotta make an embarrassing confession. This place is 2 miles from my home and in my five years living here in the valley I've yet to go buy his yogurt. (bought some tomatoes there once). So, SHAME on ME!! Thanks for bringing it to my attention -- I will get there this week.

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        1. re: Uncledave

          Love this yogurt! You can find it at Highland Park. Do they sell it directly from the farm?

          1. re: Meesch70

            I don't think so. I dropped by the farm and there was no retail shop that I could see. Maybe one could buy direct if one worked out an arrangement, but nobody was around for me to ask.

            1. re: Uncledave

              this post is older, but just an update...I've been buying this yogurt at Bristol's farm in Canton.

        2. I have to agree with the post about the taste of this yogurt: wonderful......smooth,creamy and still low fat. I have been on a quest to find something that rivals really good Greek yogurt: The heavily marketed big brands are a sad effort in my view. So this one from the Simmons family picked up on a whim while shopping in Stews in Danbury has been a big surprise.