Country View Dairy
Dave and Carolee Rapson
In May of 2002, we moved to Hawkeye, Iowa to pursue a dream of starting our own dairy farm. For Carolee, it was the preservation of a family legacy. For Dave it was the evolution of a love for dairy farming discovered at the age of 17. For 19 years, we happily grew our family and our farm. Then, in 2011 with 5 children ages 4-17, we knew that we must start thinking hard about the future of Country View Dairy. With the extreme challenges faced by many dairy farmers, we knew that we would have to create something truly special to build a lasting enterprise.
Carolee had been making wonderful homemade yogurt for a couple of years and knew how to create a product that our family enjoyed on a small scale. After discovering that there weren’t any other yogurt producers in Northeast Iowa, and that there was a demand in our community for local, healthy, all natural, cultured foods (like yogurt), we decided to pursue the unique art of making yogurt on a larger scale as well.
All of Country View Dairy’s yogurt varieties are made from low fat (1%), Grade A pasteurized milk from our own healthy and well-loved cows. Our milk is non-homogenized, allowing the cream to rise to the top the old-fashioned way, with the added benefit of making it easier to digest. Each flavor is made with the highest quality ingredients and cultures, and each is “all natural” in every way ~ containing no preservatives, no gelatin or other thickeners, and no artificial ingredients. Our yogurt is always gluten-free.
By the numerous accolades for milk quality and herd production we have received, and the 365-days-a-year that we spend making our farm and creamery successful, it is clear to see that we love what we do.