Testimonials from a few of our customers and associates!

Interview with The Farm Girl Chef

Just off of Mt Zion Road and I-75 is the new Friendly Market, home to nine local small businesses boasting the best the midwest has to offer. In the middle is a cozy general store called the Farmstead Market. Here you’ll find Tricia Houston – the “Farm Girl Chef” – busy cooking up breakfast burritos, grass fed burgers for lunch, and always a fan favorite: her macaroni and cheese. We caught up with her to find out why she herself is a fan of Ed-Mar cheese.

EMD: How long have you been farming and had a store here at the Friendly Market?
FARM GIRL CHEF: Since 2006 I’ve operated Napoleon Ridge Farm and I opened the Farmstead Market here in 2013.

EMD: Why have you chosen to feature Ed-Mar cheese in your dishes?
FARM GIRL CHEF: The taste! There really is a difference in the richness of cheese that’s almost directly from the farm vs cheese that’s been processed in a plant. Plus we firmly believe in supporting the local farmers and you can see that our general store is full of Kentucky Proud products. With Ed-Mar we’ve even provided part of our space for them to cut and package their cheeses.

EMD: What’s your favorite Ed-Mar Farmstead cheese?
FARM GIRL CHEF: Maddie’s Gold makes our macaroni and cheese taste irresistible! We also use it in our specials. It’s cute that they named the cheese after their daughter.

EMD: What else do you like about Ed-Mar Dairy?
FARM GIRL CHEF: They’re good people. You can actually visit their farm, see the cows and how well cared for they are and watch how they are milked.

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Kentucky Dairy Development Council

Ed-Mar Farms is one of Kentucky’s best dairy operations. Sitting just slightly northeast of Walton, KY in Kenton County, the Gibson family dairy farm is a mix of old time traditions making delicious cheeses from their high quality farm fresh milk while utilizing the very latest dairy production technology by incorporating a robotic milking machine in their operation.

Ed-Mar Dairy is Kentucky’s first robotic milking facility where their high pedigreed Holstein cows have access to the milking machine at their choosing. The Gibson family has always focused first on the care and comfort of their dairy animals. This is evident when one visits the farm by seeing the clean comfortable cows with shiny hair-coats, lying in stalls with fresh bedding, chewing their cud while they rest or others are standing at the feeding area enjoying a freshly prepared meal. High volume fans keep cool fresh air circulating in the barn when ambient temperatures increase keeping cows comfortable. Top quality ensiled chopped corn and sweet smelling alfalfa hay mixed with a nutritionally balanced blend of grains containing minerals and vitamins are delivered twice daily to the cows for free-choice consumption. They also have access to the lush grassy hillsides of the Gibson farm on sunny KY days.

High quality milk comes from well-cared for clean, comfortable cows. Ed-Mar has consistently received quality and production awards from the cooperative that markets the additional milk they produce that is not utilized in their yummy cheeses.

The Gibson family is the epitome of what all people envision when they think of a family dairy farm. A family steeped in tradition being fourth generation dairy farmers, working hard to provide the very best care for their animals while offering consumers safe, high quality, delicious dairy products. Their commitment to excellence is demonstrated by the love they have for one another, others and the care they provide for the animals they have been entrusted.
Maury Cox, Executive Director
Kentucky Dairy Development Council

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Thanks for allowing us to come and learn about the dairy farm. Had a wonderful time! Got some great cheese and honey! We’ll be back!
Jim & Jeanette

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Brooks Meats

As a locally owned and operated butcher shop we strive to provide the finest meats and deli products in the area and we source local products as much as possible. Ed-Mar Dairy has provided us with their locally made cheese for 3 years now and we could not be happier. Our customers love the cheese and we like the service and the expertise they provide. Ed-Mar dairy gets a big thumbs up from Brooks Meats!
Stefan, Butcher 
Brooks Meats

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Thanks for allowing us to come and learn about the dairy farm. Had a wonderful time! Got some great cheese and honey! We’ll be back!
Donna Flannery