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Mild yogurt from contented cows

SHERYL JULIAN/GLOBE STAFF

There’s a push toward natural yogurt without high-fructose sweeteners. SideHill Farm in Hawley trumps that with its mountainside pastures and contented cows. Packaged in individual and family-size containers, SideHill yogurt ($1.29-$5.95) comes in a not-overbearing maple and a subdued vanilla. Whole and low-fat plain tastes clean, milder, and less sour than other brands. Owners Amy Klippenstein and Paul Lacinski rotate their herd through pastures to munch on the greatest variety of clover and other grasses, at least in non-winter months, which enhances the taste of the yogurt. The higher, cooler altitude of their 200-acre farm improves cow comfort and milk production. Happy cows equal good yogurt.  Various flavors and sizes available at City Feed and Supply, 672 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-1700; Bacco’s Fine Foods, 31 St. James Ave., 857-239-8039; Formaggio Kitchen, 44 Huron Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-4750; A. Russo & Sons, 560 Pleasant St., Watertown, 617-923-1500.

RACHEL ELLNER