• Last Farm Standing: Kalispell Kreamery

    Story and photos by Jessica Lowry

    For 35 years – no matter the late nights, the sideways-blowing snow or the hard bite of winter mornings – the Hedstrom Dairy cows have known exactly what shapes would darken the barn’s pre-dawn doorway just as certain as they could expect the sun to rise over the Swan Mountains looming to the east.

    Mornings start early on the farm. Cows don’t care if you were up late into the night or have other things to do. They need to be milked.

    Bill and Marilyn Hedstrom have spent the past 35 years keeping their cows happy around the clock.
    After three and a half decades and in a valley where tourism and traffic to Glacier National Park drive a significant segment of the economy, Kalispell Kreamery and Hedstrom Dairy is the last Flathead dairy farm in operation.
    After falling in love with the family’s first cow in 1978, the Hedstrom’s opened a dairy. What started as a five acre operation in Happy Valley has grown into an 80-acre farm in West Valley.

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