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Top left: Anthony Sizemore and Jordan Pugh remove excess moisture
from what will soon be the popular cheese curds created by Edgewood
Creamery. Above: Anthony stirs the curds to ensure they are salted
properly. Left: Creamery manager Michael Nash weighs cheese curds
while Anthony and Jordan pack the curds into stainless steel forms.
The curds will continue to be pressed to remove any remaining liquid
before they're vacuum packed and labeled for sale.
" We're really just
harvesting sunshine,
which makes the grass
grow, which the
cows eat. "
- Kelli Stephens
24 RURAL MISSOURI | MAY 2022
for most people because it closely mimics mother's milk.
" It's pretty amazing when someone starts to cry when
they tell you that they've never been able to enjoy milk
before they tried our A2A2 line, " Kelli says of their products,
which are part of the Buy Missouri program.
There are plans to expand the creamery in the future
and add items such as bottling machines and possibly
offering heavy cream and butter. But for now, Kelli and
her nine employees are churning out the milk and cheese
as fast as possible.
" We're processing about 2,000 gallons of milk alone
each week, " says Kelli. " That's a lot when you're doing it
by hand. "
Customers can purchase Edgewood Creamery milk and
cheese at Hy-Vee, Price Cutter and Mama Jean's Natural
Market and Deli in Springfield. You're also welcome
to stop by the creamery's small storefront, if you happen
to be out in their area during the day. There you'll also
be able to purchase locally grown beef raised on nearby
Five Holler Farm, owned by her sister and brother-in-law,
Kegan and Mark Terry.
" We're really just harvesting sunshine, which makes
the grass grow, which the cows eat, " says Kelli. " And that

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