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The story of Springfield Creamery is a food tale unlike any other. It includes The Grateful Dead, Huey Lewis, author Ken Kesey and Gyoto Monks. It is a story of beneficial bacteria called L. acidophilus and of a bookkeeper whose name became a national brand. Most of all, it is a story of what can be achieved when a uniquely Oregon company born of the sixties counter-culture movement stays true to its principles of natural living, healthful foods, family and community.
Springfield Creamery got its start in 1960, when Chuck and Sue Kesey graduated from college and returned home to Springfield, Oregon. Chuck, brother of author Ken Kesey ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest") and Sue, with support from Chuck's father Fred Kesey (manager of Eugene Farmers Creamery in Eugene) supplied gallon glass returnable jugs of milk to other creameries. They also supplied the Springfield schools with milk each school day.
By 1969, things had changed. Chuck's father had recently passed away, the dairy industry was in transition and the sixties natural foods movement was in full bloom. "We needed something to niche us, so we could remain independent, to create a brand of our own," says Sue Kesey. "We knew that if we were going to survive, we were going to have to do something that was different from everyone else. We had to find something unique."
What they found, in 1970, was yogurt.
Nancy Hamren had moved to Oregon from San Francisco and was working at the creame