Published: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
By MATTHEW FAHR
Source Staff Writer
Rep. Candice Miller tries some Cow Tracks ice cream with owners Doty and Greg Hill of Crooked Creek Dairy Farm. Source photo/Matthew Fahr
Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller got a taste of some local culture when she stopped in at the Crooked Creek Dairy Farm in Bruce Township on Oct. 24.
Miller made several stops in northern Macomb County during the day and got a chance to see the family dairy operation owned by Doty and Greg Hill.
They have been in business for 33 years and operate one of the most organic and rudimentary farms in the county.
Crooked Creek is a non-GMO (genetically modified organism) farm, meaning it uses all-natural means to grow their crops and raise their animals.
“We found it very detrimental to the health of the animals,” Greg Hill said of the normal feeding practices followed by most farms.
The Hills admitted their way does cost a little more, but when there is a waiting list for the next four steers coming in, it shows that people approve of their methods.
Miller got an opportunity to tour the farm and try some homemade ice cream. She said she was impressed with their growing techniques and water purification system.
“Crooked Creek is truly an American success story that has contributed to our booming agribusiness industry in a way that helps ensure it will remain successful for generations to come,” she said.
Greg Hill said his minimalist and environmentally healthy way of operating the farm has always been the way he has done business.
“We are looking for longevity, we are not looking for production because healthier food comes from healthier animals,” he said. Continued…
Crooked Creek is unique in that it does not market or advertise its range of products, which includes dairy, beef, corn and alfalfa. It has a delivery radius of around 30 miles, has no website or Facebook page, and is not planning to change its philosophy anytime soon.
“It is all word of mouth,” Greg Hill said of their approach. “It has worked for us for years.”
Crooked Creek is not looking to expand or grow its customer base; it has operated this way for over 30 years. The Hills said their aim is to keep their loyal customers happy and continue to improve on what they are doing on their farm.
“We like to serve the people around here and they like to come here for our products,” said Doty Hill. “That makes us happy and we are just fine with that.”