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Local Milk Options

January 18, 2011

As some of you know, Justin & I own about 1/10th of a cow. We own this cow so that we can drink her milk without it being bothered by anyone–no homogenization or pasteurization. This 1/10th of Bessie* provides one gallon of milk every week for 55 weeks of the year. For the other week, the folks who care for Bessie go on vacation. If you live in West Michigan and would like to own part of a cow and drink her milk you can contact local dairy share programs. Ones we recommend are:

Our Farm and Dairy (This is the one where Bessie lives.)

Lubbers Family Farm

Now, sometimes the milk runs out before the week is over. Then, we buy Mooville Milk. This milk is pasteurized but not homogenized and it comes from Nashville, Michigan. We can get it at the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market and Harvest Health. I wrote about Mooville because it is such good milk. It tastes old-fashioned. The cows in our share are grazed in the spring, summer & autumn and the rest of the year they eat hay. The change in diet causes a change in milk flavour. It’s OK, but sometimes surprisingly grassy. It makes me feel close to the earth.

If you’re curious about the health benefits (and wonder about the risks) of drinking non-homogenized milk, you can read about them on the farm websites above or check out this page on the Weston A. Price Foundation website.

Because, sometimes, I don’t cook. I just drink milk.

*Bessie isn’t really her real name. I don’t know her name, so I chose an alias.

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