White Cow Dairy’s ‘Farm Shop’ is on the ‘mooove’

We’ve been seeing a lot of progress at the corner of Lexington and Ashland as of late. The remake of The Place, the opening of Turnstyle Designs, and a slew of business developments over the past couple of years. Now we’re seeing yet another big development unfold on Ashland, right across the street from The Place. It turns out that White Cow Dairy (Facebook), an extremely successful homegrown Buffalo business is in the process of converting a formerly nondescript and unnoticed shopfront into a colorful and creative outpost. “This Summer, we’ve taken a hole-in-the-wall space on Ashland & Lexington, that years ago was the Buffalo Cooperative Credit Union office,” said White Cow Dairy co-owner Patrick Longo. “And we’re making it into our Farm Shop: selling everything fresh we make at Blue Hill Farm, in East Otto, daily.”
If you’re not familiar with White Cow Dairy, then chances are that you’re living under a rock (or not reading Buffalo Rising). It wasn’t until I ran into a White Cow Dairy yogurt rack at Eataly in NYC that I realized just how far the wholesaler (and retailer) had made it.
White Cow is once again on the ‘mooove’. As much as the wholesale business is flourishing, and the sales at the Bidwell Market are strong, White Cow has been looking for a home base in the city – a place to call home, where yogurt fans can go on a daily basis to find the addictive yogurt. “We have been seeking a Buffalo home for the food from our farm, for some time,” Patrick told me. “The Bidwell Market is nice, but Saturday morning for six months of the year is insufficient for anybody serious about every day eating. Farmer’s Markets are (seasonally) designed for fruits & vegetables, but for dairy:  dairy never stops, and needs a roof on its head, where people can get what they want, all year round. We do a lot of things with milk people don’t see too often, and we’ll be doing all of it, and a little more, in Little Soho – where Ashland meets Lexington in a neighborhood stuffed full of trees and gardens and sidewalk homes from another century.”
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I’m a big fan of what White Cow Dairy is adding to the neighborhood, both inside and out. Just take a look at those gorgeous new transom windows made by James Sawyer’s Sixth Dimension Stained Glass shop (located on Lexington). The facade has literally been transformed into a rustic work of art. The Farm Shop is just one more addition to a culinary movement that we are seeing in the neighborhood. Just down Elmwood we have also seen a killer cheese shop open and soon an artisanal cured meats business will open. Between the market-style purveyors and the number of great restaurants within walking distance, being a foodie in the Elmwood Village is full of delicious benefits. Patrick tells me that the Farm Shop will be ready for customers by the end of September.

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Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

24 comments
NorthBuf
NorthBuf

My issue is that it really highlights the hipocracy of elmoood and BRO. This iegal sign is 100% ok because it is for buisnesses we like yet other illegal signs are vilianized because we don approve of what they support. But at the end of the day buffalo runs on hipocracy

summersh
summersh

I don't get the hatred for the sign over on Elmwood. Its not hurting anyone, its helping these businesses and possibly even helping places on elmwood by increasing foot traffic to the area. To be honest I always thought that the sign was pretty cool and showed that a neighborhood and businesses can work together. But back to the story at hand, I've never had any of their products since i never make it to the farmers market because of work but I look forward to walking down and seeing what they have to offer. Hopefully businesses continue their march westward and eventually connect with those on grant. Its these little pockets off the main strip that really make neighborhoods virbant, walkable and desirable.

warrenavenue
warrenavenue

I don't think White Cow will be part of the Ct. Street Project since they just spent the past few months working on this place..The windows were made by the guy around the corner and all the little nuances inside the "yogurt bar" are incredible looking....Good luck White Cow and can't wait to stop by for that coffee yogurt or one of the yogurt tonics...

BingBing
BingBing

I think it is authentic.

brownteeth
brownteeth

Why does that sign bother you so much? I hardly ever notice it. Really, who cares?

NorthBuf
NorthBuf

They are going to need a bigger illegal sign on the corner with all these businesses

RaChaCha
RaChaCha

Will White Cow still be part of the Karl Frizlen project on Connecticut Street--?

ivan putski jr
ivan putski jr

I believe that Circular World book store reopened in the Walker plaza in Williamsville

Timothy Domst
Timothy Domst

I bought a few books there years ago, and yes he was smoking a cigarette. He told me he used to work in a steel mill, kind of hard to believe.

buffloonitick
buffloonitick

maybe he should have opened a tobacco shop. (?)

buffloonitick
buffloonitick

from the article;

Just take a look at those gorgeous new transom windows made by James Sawyer's Sixth Dimension Stained Glass shop (located on Lexington).

the guy who did the windows is in the same building around the corner on Lex.

wishing White Cow much success in this location. nice job on the storefront as well.

300miles
300miles

If that's true, they replicated them perfectly to the ones on the other side of the building.

grad94
grad94

i think they're modern infill windows by the stained glass artist next door.

grad94
grad94

lack of foot traffic? actually, it was the stench of cigarette smoke. i went in there once and was so repelled that i never went back.

300miles
300miles

it's amazing that those stained-glass windows are in such great shape, hiding under that paneling all these years.

elmdog
elmdog

Great idea and location - nice addition to the Elmwood area .... Although this would be a great storefront and unique attraction to the actual Elmwood strip - too bad Lease prices and landlords are unreasonable and to tough to work with ..... In a perfect world great concepts that would bring uniqueness and creativity would be welcomed and accommodated to fit the street ...

benfranklin
benfranklin

...having a hard time seeing how Mary Brunner could be considered hot. Google image isn't kind to her.

Travelrrr
Travelrrr

Great news. Would be wonderful to open up that storefront at some point--maybe even have tables out front for yogurt eaters....

14213
14213

Borders then Amazon?

Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.
Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.

Man, what the hell ever happened to Patrick Ferguson's "Circular Word" book shop? Remember when he was over on Auburn/Elmwood? He then moved his "operation" to this area of Ashland/Lexington and then the shop ceased to exist. I think the lack of foot traffic killed it. I used to live downstairs from him on Potomac. I don't know that he bathed all that often, but he had a smokin' hot girlfriend who, in a weird way, resembled Mary Brunner, former member of the Manson Family.

jones7986
jones7986

too bad coppa is not opening this year

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