Butler Farms has offered its fresh sheep milk chesses at the Dane County Farmers' Market for almost fifteen years. Janet and Bill Butler tend their flock on fields located in rural Whitehall in Trempealeau County, and transform ewe's milk into numerous cheeses, including feta, aged tomme (similar to brie), fresh brebis (similar to chevre), ricotta, camembert and Clonboo, a raw cheese.
All of the Butler's products are certified organic, and all of their sheep milk comes from their own flock. Butler Farms is not a vendor at any other farmers' markets, and the selection at its East Mifflin Street both on the Square varies from week to week, depending on supply.
Butler Farms co-owner Janet Butler spoke to The Daily Page about the farm and the market.
The Daily Page: How did you become a farmers' market vendor?
We simply applied and were accepted.
What else do you offer through the summer season?
What's your most popular product?
Camembert, feta with olive oil, garlic and herbs and small brebis "buttons" rolled in a variety of herbs and covered with chili oil.
What's your favorite product elsewhere at the market?
My favorite product in the market is Cres Springs granola, Harmony Valley's mixed greens, and Hook's blue cheese.
What's your pre-packaged, supermarket-shelved guilty pleasure?
The cinnamon rolls from Renaissance Farms Bakery.
If you were to make a meal incorporating your products, what would you make?
Spread our garlic and herb brebis on a baguette that has been sliced lengthwise. Top with sautéed mushrooms and spinach. Place slices of cheddar on top and bake until melted.