There is new oasis for drivers making the long and often lonely 420-mile trip from Las Vegas, Nev., to Salt Lake City, Utah.
A dairy oasis, courtesy of Utah milk producers and the nation’s largest dairy cooperative.
At roughly the midway point in the journey, next to Interstate 15 in Beaver, Utah, now sits The Creamery, a retail store, full-service café, and interactive dairy experience for travelers built by Dairy Farmers of America. It opened November 17. An estimated 17,000 vehicles pass by the location each day.
The new facility, which is more than four times the size of the old store, features a full-service café serving breakfast and lunch, as well as a variety of dairy products, including cheese curds, hand-crafted cheeses, and ice cream. Menu items include fresh-made sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, and other dairy-based selections showcasing local cheeses made at the adjacent DFA Beaver City plant, which has been a part of the region’s history for more than 60 years.
Dennis Rodenbaugh, senior vice president and chief operating officer of DFA’s Western Fluid Group, says a unique aspect of The Creamery, in addition to an interactive, educational experience about dairy that both children and adults can learn from, is its farm-to-table concept owned by family dairy farms. Farms that supply the DFA Beaver City plant each day are located within 25 miles of the plant, including some that are just three miles away.
“These dedicated family farms work tirelessly to provide the milk needed to make The Creamery’s wide variety of cheeses,” he adds. “Our hope is that visitors leave The Creamery with new family memories and traditions, a deep appreciation for the dairy they consume, and stories and history about these family farms.”