“Alan and Valerie Kingston are people who are producing common things, uncommonly”, said Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe House. Indeed they are, and the secret of their uncommon way of working lies with a simple but fundamental truth: they understand the magic of milk. They know that milk is a magic liquid. And, being West Cork’s magicians of milk, they know how to extract the magic.
Their work is based on respect for their farm, for their herd, for their dairy products, for their staff, for their customers. They have enjoyed extraordinary success over the last dozen years, but it has not changed them a jot, despite the newspaper profiles and headlines, despite the attention. Everything they do has improved beyond recognition from the days when Mrs Kingston first brought some yogurt and country butter to the Bantry Boy’s Club market on a Friday morning, the beginning of what has become an epic adventure. Today, they are still on that journey, mining the pure magic of West Cork milk.
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