Commercial Availability of Real Milk

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Real Milk is not generally commercially available in the United States—and won’t be until consumer demand increases. Raw milk can be purchased in some stores in California, Connecticut and New Mexico, but it is not necessarily from pasture-fed cows. However, in many states raw milk can be purchased at the farm and many concerned consumers are forming cooperatives designed to support conscientious dairy farmers and obtain Real Milk directly from the farm. The solution to restrictive state laws is a cowshare program in which farmers keep and milk cows owned by individuals. These are being set up in many states. For further information, including technical and legal help, contact the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, farmtoconsumer.org, (703) 208-FARM (3276), info@farmtoconsumer.org .

Cheese

Naturally fermented raw milk cheeses from whole milk given by pasture-fed cows are still made in France, England, Switzerland and Greece. Look for the words “raw milk,” “fresh milk,” or “milk” rather than “pasteurized milk” on the label, which means they are made from raw milk. Such cheeses have contributed to the good health of dairying populations for millennia. Real Milk cheeses are now being produced by a number of small independent manufacturers in America. In general, these producers own their own herd of cows, sheep or goats, and the milk is not pasteurized–on US cheeses you will usually see either “raw milk” or “pasteurized milk” indicated on the label vs. “fresh milk” or just “milk.” For a listing of Real Milk cheeses see Cheese Primer by Steven Jenkins (Workman Publishing, 1996) or contact the American Cheese Society (414) 728-4458.

Yogurt

Naturally made whole milk yogurt from pasture-fed cows is now being produced for the commercial market by several biodynamic farms. Unfortunately it is made with pasteurized milk, but at least the enzymes are restored through the culturing process. Look for Seven Stars Farm brand, among others.

Cream, Sour Cream, Crème Fraîche

Cream from pasture-fed Jersey cows is now available in some gourmet markets, under Butterworks and other local labels. Unfortunately these creams are pasteurized, but at least they are not ultrapasteurized. Traditionally soured cream (called crème fraîche), produced by the Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, will have some of the enzyme content restored. It is becoming more widely available.

Butter

The best commercial brands of butter are probably Organic Valley and Kerrygold Real Irish Butter —they are pasteurized, but come from cows that are mostly pasture-fed. New Zealand butter is available through Tropical Traditions. It is not raw, but it is from 100% pasture-fed cows. A growing number of farmers sell raw butter from pasture-fed cows directly to the consumer and ship within the continental US. Many of them place classified ads in Wise Traditions, the magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

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17 thoughts on “Commercial Availability of Real Milk

  1. How can i find out to buy raw milk or the coust to send it to me or talk to someone about it 828 699 0510 please leve mag. I have cancer I have Dr.opments. Thanks.

  2. I heard on the news this week that 32 stores in KY would be carrying fresh or raw milk, Is this true? If so. where can I purchase raw milk?

    • Good morning. My name is Rodolfo C. Ruiz. I live in Brownsville,DTexas my cell is 956 4908 400l. The bordering town with mexico is Matamoros,Tamps. Mex. No milk can you help? Please call. rudy

  3. Hello sir/madam
    I’m looking pure cow milk,goat,cow butter, which can help for my family.Im in Harrisburg PA.I want those things near to my home.
    Thank you

  4. I don’t know how much is available in my area in Cameron Co,. Texas. Their maybe more in Mexico. border towns. with Texas.

    • I am unsure of the availability commercially, but I do know you can find local farms that sell raw milk or are part of a cooperative. The majority of raw milk/cheese/butter is from goats, but it’s possible you may find cow milk too with some research. The best way to find out more is to ask the farmer/seller directly.

  5. will you tell me why raw milk and goat milk is best? Im getting confused. How will I know if im getting grass fed raw milk?and butter?

    • Raw milk, when “milked” properly has benefits beyond any store bought pasteurized milk. For those that are lactose intolerant, many are able to consume Raw milk without any problems. The lactase is left “as is” to counterbalance the lactose, and vitamins and minerals are not eliminated due to pasteurization. Pasteurization kills bad bacteria and good bacteria too. In a farm that only sells pasteurized milk, cleanliness is not always as important, because any bacteria that is potentially harmful will be removed during the pasteurizing process. Don’t think that all are created equal, however. There are VERY CLEAN farms, then there are VERY DIRTY farms. That’s even true of a Raw milk farm. However, government regs, are much more stringent on Raw farms meeting their standards – and a “dirty” raw milk farm would never remain open! Now – realize that many raw milk providers also truck out milk that’s pasteurized and bottled under another name. Swiss is a popular one in my area. To learn about the farm, it’s standards, cleanliness, hormones added or not,grass fed…etc…it’s really good to ask your Raw milk provider – if it’s not the farm directly – questions and even visit the farm itself.
      Regardless of it all: Your choice is Your choice. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You have to choose what’s best for you and your family.

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