A few months ago, my good friend, and co-worker at the time, Leash, pulled me into her office and told me that she and her partner Jennell had come up with a business idea. Leash and I often talked about our entreprenurial dreams, so I was excited to hear what they had come up with. She sat straight up in her chair, got this excited look on her face, opened up her hands and said………..butter.
I nodded and politely said, “well that sounds interesting.”
I’m such a good friend.
My lack of enthusiasm didn’t stop these two, and Casco Bay Butter was born just a few days later. And it took off. Quickly. They found themselves spending their summer evenings and nights after their day jobs churning away in a church kitchen that they were able to rent, and their weekends selling their butter at the Kennebunk Farmers Market. It was a huge hit. Seacoast Online Newspaper has called them “the newest star on the Kennebunk Farmer’s Market scene” and they are now located in stores around southern Maine, and have a growing online presence and online store. From flavors such as “Lemon Chive” and “Garlic and Herb” to “Truffle Butter” and “Cranberry Orange” their smooth butters are a treat to the gourmet butter market, and your tastebuds. My personal favorite is making a roast chicken with the lemon and the garlic, and then pretty much melting as I take that first bite. I’ve tried a chicken with just normal butter..it just can’t compare!
I’ve taken some product shots for Casco Bay Butter before, when they first started the company. Last week we got together to take photos for something fun (I’ll spill the beans later), and I took advantage of the opportunity to capture these two in action as they made a fresh batch of butter. This was their first night with their new professional churn and they were so excited to take it for it’s first run. I’ve never seen butter being made before and was fascinated by the process and the excitement that was in the church kitchen that night as this batch came together.
The process begins by adding liquid buttermilk into a the churn.
As it churns, the butter and the milk separate (it’s pretty cool!). Once the milk is drained, churning continues until the butter has a nice texture that is thick and smooth.
Then the fun part begins – the flavoring. (Well, the more fun part was the tasting…such a huge perk to my job)
Aren’t they adorable? I love these two.
Lemon Chive | Garlic Herb
Cranberry Orange | Honey
For more information about Casco Bay Butter, and to order product or find them in stores, visit their website. You will not be disappointed!