Buying local is getting easier. In addition to the farmers markets that have multiplied of late (including the brand-new EG indoor market), East Greenwich residents support local when they buy Rhode Fresh products.
Rhody Fresh products are produced by The Rhode Island Dairy Farms Cooperative formed in 2004 by a group of five dairy farmers. Today, Rhody Fresh Milk has grown to include eight Rhode Island dairy farms throughout the state, including Bailey Brook Farm on South County Trail in East Greenwich. (The other farms are Breene Hollow Farm in West Greenwich; Elmrock Farm in Ashaway; Tomaquag Valley Farm in Hopkinton; EMMA Acres in Exeter; Cottrell Homestead in West Kingston; and Escobar Farm in Portsmouth.)
One of its newest products is Butterkase cheese, a semi-soft German “Damen Kase” or “Ladies Cheese” is known for it mild flavor and versatility. It's available at Stop & Shop, but not yet at Dave's, though both stores sell Rhode Fresh milk.
The 225-acre Bailey Brook Farm is operated by Rodney Bailey and his son Paul. It is a National Bicentennial-designated farm within the Fry Hamlet historic distinction (established in 1677 and on the National Historic Register). It was named Rhode Island's 2013 Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year by the Rhode Island Green Pastures Committee.