After years of talking about a business of their own, Paula and Kelcie are thrilled to have opened their new business, The Black Cow Café and Mercantile, in Fruitland, Idaho!
The story behind the Black Cow Café is all because of a sweet cow named Millie. During an especially harsh winter, one of the cows had slipped on the ice and was unable to get back up. After 9 days of feeding, watering, and putting in their best effort to get her up again, they had to make the difficult decision to end her suffering. However, the poor thing was due to have a calf in just a few months! Not knowing exactly when she was due, they again decided to go through with putting her down and take the baby cow in an attempt to save it. Within just a few minutes, they had the baby removed, dried off, warming up, and loaded in the truck to head home.
After getting the female baby warmed up at home, their blue heeler took quickly to the calf and started to mother her. She and Annie the heeler was about the same size, so they became best friends! Millie the baby cow had underdeveloped hooves and just a little bit of hair, so they were a bit worried that she wouldn’t make it. But, you guessed it, she did! She was able to stand up and eat! She was fed goats milk through a bottle and has been a special part of the family ever since. Millie currently lives on a ranch in New Plymouth where she is now breeding and will be ready to birth her third calf in the spring.
At the Black Cow Café and Mercantile, you will find all kinds of amazing food such as specialty flatbreads, homemade Mac and Cheese, pastries, breakfast items, delicious salads, sandwiches, specialty drinks, and more. In the Mercantile portion of the store, you will find clothing, décor, accessories, graphic tees, coffee mugs, and holiday goodies.
During your holiday shopping, stop in for breakfast or lunch and check it out!
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 7am to 2pm, Saturday 8am to 2pm
Address: 805 N. 3rd St., Fruitland, ID 83619
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