Bungay farmer breaks mould with hand-made butter launch

Farmer Jonny Crickmore with the farm's Bungay Raw Butter. Photo : Steve Adams

Farmer Jonny Crickmore with the farm's Bungay Raw Butter. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

An enterprising Suffolk dairy farmer has launched his own butter.

Bungay Raw Butter being pressed into boxes by Jonny Crickmore. Photo : Steve Adams

Bungay Raw Butter being pressed into boxes by Jonny Crickmore. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Jonny Crickmore, of Fen Farm Dairy, Bungay, began selling Bungay Raw Butter at the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival in September.

“Since then, it’s started to be noticed,” said Mr Crickmore, who has been working on his father Graham’s farm, since 1996.

“Neals Yard Dairy in London are buying 160 packs a time from us. Locally we are getting delis and farm shops now stocking it - mostly by word of mouth.”

The family farm keeps a herd of 300 Montbeliarde and Friesian cows.


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“It all leads back to the cows. Everything comes from one herd, which gives us our unique flavour,” said Mr Crickmore.

“The butter has been a bit of a learning process for us. We are making a product that is artisan and hand-made.”

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Mr Crickmore said it takes his team up to eight hours to pack 200 boxes of butter.

“We are doing something unique,” he said. “It’s quite exciting because no one else in Suffolk makes butter and Suffolk was famous for butter back in the day.”

Retailing at £4.50 for 250g, Bungay Raw Butter is available from the farm’s on-site shop –which also hosts vending machines dispensing raw milk, butter and cheese – as well as via its online shop.

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