Most Old Order Amish make their own butter, although as dairy farming becomes less common, more and more are switching to store-bought. That's too bad, because nothing beats homemade butter. I've heard it's technically easy to make homemade butter. You just fill a jar with cream, cap the jar and then shake and shake and shake and shake the jar. Pass the jar around to the kids, the husband, whomever and just keep on shaking the cream until it solidifies and begins to pull away from the sides of the jar and keep on shaking until it is finally solid. Then spread and enjoy! The first photo is of some homemade butter given to me by an Amish woman in Fredonia, Pennsylvania. The second photo is of organic store-brand butter from Kroger. The store-bought is definitely more pale and that's organic. Buy some generic brick of no-name butter and it's even more pale. So I suppose a good barometer on how fresh the butter is the color, look for a deep yellow like the top picture. Now that is fresh butter!