Sammy's Mom's Shortcake

Ingredients

2 cups flour

½ tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder

4 Tbsp butter

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup milk

1 ½ tsp vanilla

Directions

Spread in a pan (I sometimes spread it on a greased sheet of foil or a cookie sheet and sprinkle with sugar)

Bake at 350–375° about 15 minutes or until brown, on the middle oven rack.

Tastes great warm or cold. Serve in dishes and add ice cream and the fruit of your choice. Strawberries are our favorite!

 

Jones Robotic Dairy is a family-owned and operated dairy farm founded in 1942. Sammy and Pamela Jones have been married for 35 years, and work together on the farm every day. Sammy and Pam’s four children, who help with the operation, are the fourth generation of Jones dairy farmers. The very first Jones Dairy cow milking via robotics happened on February 28, 2003. At that time they were the first robotic milking system in Indiana and only the tenth in the nation. The robotic milking system allows cows to choose when they would like to be milked, any hour of the day or night, without any human assistance.

The day-to-day operation of the farm is taken care of by three full-time employees: Sammy, Pam, and their oldest son, Josh. Sammy and Pam’s other three children and their spouses help when they can along with Pam’s Mom. With their small workforce they are able to farm 550 acres which includes corn, soybeans, alfalfa, rye, and wheat. Most of the corn and soybeans are fed back to their animals. All of the cattle born on the farm are raised there as well, totaling around 140 milk cows and 160 other heifers and bulls from newborn calves to breeding age. The Jones family also sells breeding bulls to other dairy farms.

Agritourism keeps the Joneses busy with an average of 400-600 visitors per year. The Jones Family wants people to know that their main goals are to care for their animals, their soil and their water. They are very passionate about their jobs. Also, it is often forgotten that farmers are consumers too, just like everyone and want the same quality of products on their grocers’ shelves. Sammy and Pam are both members of the Pulaski County Farm Bureau Board; Pam is currently serving as County Woman’s Leader on that Board. Pam is also serving on the County Extension Board.