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  1. RAW MILK POLICY STATEMENT: The Weston A. Price Foundation’s goals include promoting a healthy diet for people everywhere, based on natural and traditional foods, and assisting individuals and families in accessing those foods through information, education, and helping to restore the direct relationship between food consumers and food producers. The Foundation believes, based on sound scientific evidence, that raw milk is an important component of a healthy diet. To assist its members and the public in obtaining raw milk, the Foundation publishes a list of farms that produce it, because this information is not otherwise readily and comprehensively available to consumers. Listing of a farm does not imply endorsement by the Foundation. Individuals who purchase raw milk and other natural foods for themselves and their families need to “know their farmer” because they bear the responsibility for ensuring that they are getting safe and healthy products.
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  7. LISTING SOURCES: The listings here are provided by people who discover sources of real milk in their communities and tell us about them. If you discover a listed supplier is no longer providing real milk, please tell us about it by following the instructions on the Add, Update, or Remove a Listing page. We trust our members and consumers to check out each farm to make sure it is clean and that the cows are mostly pasture fed.

 

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Sources of real milk and real milk products in Iowa:

Statewide-Private Buying Club:

  • Clearview Valley Farm: an Amish family farm in Quarryville, PA, that can ship directly to your door. Offering grassfed food nationwide at www.clearviewvalleyfarm.com or feel free to contact the farmer directly at 717-786-0877 or email Abnerlapp@gmail.com.  All the products are free of chemicals, soy, antibiotics and hormones, They sell 100 percent raw A2 cows milk from Jersey cows, 15 different kinds of cheese, butter, yogurt, kefir, heavy cream, and sour cream. Raw goat and sheep milk. Soy-free pastured eggs, (brown and blue-green). 100 percent grassfed beef and veal. Pork, lamb, turkey, rabbit, and chicken. Sausage, steaks, bone broths, ground meats, and jerky. A private membership association. Contact them to become a member.
  • Drop point forming–southern border/I-35: A farm in Excelsior Springs, Missouri is looking for people interested in raw milk (100% grass-fed, NO GMO’s, A2 milk available) delivery near the Missouri border and I-35, in the spring and summer when they have plenty of milk. Their plan is to deliver to a point near the State Line Conoco, 10022 U.S. 69, Eagleville, MO 64442 if they can get enough clients to make the trip worth it–at least 40 gallons, or they will have to charge an additional delivery fee. They are willing to consider starting with a drop every other week if there isn’t enough demand for every week. You can freeze or culture extra milk to get you through till the next delivery. Contact Rachel Moser (816-379-6455) and let her know how much milk you’d want and what area you are from, and she will develop a list and try to make connections between people who might be able to submit group orders and take turns driving. See information about the farm, including products and prices on their website: www.BeWholeAgainFarm.com.

Sources of ALMOST real milk and real milk products in Iowa:

Black Hawk County:

  • Hudson: Hansen’s Dairy, Hansen Family, 8461 Lincoln Rd. Hudson, IA, 50643. phone: 319-939-2187, email: info@hansendairy.com, web: www.hansendairy.com, Facebook: hansendairy. The Hansen farm has been in the family since 1864. Today they milk 150 Holsteins in a closed herd. To maintain milk flavor, cows are fed a non-GMO silage mix grown on-farm. All Hansen’s Dairy products are made only from their cows and processed right in the on-farm creamery, which opened in 2004. They use HTST pasteurizing and do not homogenize any products. Products include milk, cheese curds, butter, cream and ice cream. Products offered at several locations so prices vary. Retail stores include Hansen’s Moo Roo in Waterloo, Hansen’s Outlet in Cedar Falls and Hansen’s Tour Center on the farm in Hudson. Tours offered most of the year. Check website for other locations.

Dallas County:

  • Woodward: Picket Fence Creamery, Jeff and Jill Burkhart, 14583 S Ave. Woodward, IA 50276, phone: 515-438-COWS (2697), web: www.picketfencecreamery.net. Pasture-grazed Jersey cows on local family farm. Vat pasteurized; non-homogenized. The cows are fed GMO corn silage in the winter.

Jefferson County:

  • Fairfield: Radiance Dairy, 1745 Brookville Rd. Fairfield, IA 52556; phone: 641-472-8554. Milk, whipping cream, yogurt, and several cheeses. These products are pasteurized but not homogenized and are available in local grocery stores in Fairfield.

Washington County:

  • Wellman: Farmers’ All Natural Creamery, 1010 540th St. SW, Wellman, IA 52356, phone 319-646-2004; email: farmerscreamery@opengatesgroup.com; Facebook: Farmers Creamery. Makers of Kalona Super Natural. In 2004, Farmers Creamery opened in the largest Amish and Mennonite settlement west of the Mississippi River. They specialize in non-homogenized, vat (batch) pasteurized organic dairy including fluid milk and butter.

No other listings at this time. Contact the closest local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

49 thoughts on “Iowa

  1. Walt- I live south of Mason City and am interested in raw milk as well. What did you find for suppliers over the eastern border? Did you look in MN as well? sanot94 at gmail dot com

  2. I live south of Mason City, also looking for raw milk. Have you had any luck finding other interested people in north central iowa?

    sanot94 atgmail dot com

    • Please go to Weston A. Price website and look under “Find a Local Chapter” (right side). There you will find chapter leaders for your particular area (or close).

  3. Commenters need to leave their email addresses in their comments. I know that’s counterintuitive since you have to enter your email to post a comment, but only I see that, in the backend of the site (sometimes I contact people directly to ask about their comments before publishing them, or instead, when they are more personal in nature or not appropriate on the site). I suggest leaving them in this kind of format: webmaster at realmilk dot com.

    • Dear KN & All: I’ve just gotten an updated list of WAPF food sources for Illinois from a WAPF chapter leader in the Quad Cities Area. Be happy to share the contact or the list. I’ve not yet had time to check on locations of the towns mentioned or contact the producers. Sorry for the delays in posting my replies.
      I’m so new to this forum I don’t know the protocols. I guessing you can’t post folks names, emails, or names of farms, (but am not sure about all this). If someone could re-articlate the protocols or point me in that direction, I’d be grateful.
      Anyhow, if we can figure out a way to get in touch with each other, maybe we can make this work. Best Wishes, WFE

      • Please do not post names, farm names, email addresses, etc. of raw milk farmers in the comments on this site. If they are not listed under their state, they may not want to be listed. This site has been used by state government agencies to find and harass raw milk farmers. We only want to list information for farmers who want to be listed. This is the main reason comments are moderated on this site before being posted. Thanks.

        You are welcome to connect with each other so you can share this information privately!

  4. Dear KN: I’m looking for Raw milk but it looks like I’ll have to go to southern Wisc. or Illinois. I’m coming from near Clarksville which is near Waterloo. Are you located anywhere near that location? Are you aware of anyone in this area going eastward for pickups and back for deliveries. I’ve located online (eatwild.com) the Organic Acres dairy in Fennimore, WI, but haven’t talked to them yet. Thanks, Walt E.

        • I just read your later comment of omitting specific dairy farms. Please delete comment if you must. For what it is worth, this family promotes their milk in local retail stores and are very public about their message for non-homogenized, low pasteurized dairy products.

          • Thanks…I do try to make sure I don’t list RAW milk farmers unless they give permission. Since the best one can usually do in Iowa is non-homogenized, low-temp pasteurized dairy, it’s fine to mention them because they generally don’t get the gov’t/health dept. harassment that raw milk farmers do.

    • I just moved to Des Moines from Kansas City and am looking hard for raw milk! I’m willing to join a driving co-op!
      913-827-3324.
      I hear that there is a farm who will give you raw milk near DM for a donation! Can’t seem to get more info. Think that may be the route around the legal part of selling it?

    • They feed a corn silage that includes GMO corn. Silage is the entire corn plant including stalk, leaves and ear that is ground up and then goes through a natural fermentation. It is extremely difficult to get non GMO in Iowa. Corn pollen is carried in the wind. Even fields that are planted entirely non GMO when tested have some contamination from neighboring fields. Corn silage has higher energy than hay or hay silage and helps the cows get through the winter. Some years it is difficult to get high quality hay as well as wet weather does not permit cutting at the time the grass is most nutritious, plus hay that gets rained on after cutting quickly loses nutritional quality. Silage helps ensure the cows get the energy they need. I am not associated with picket fence. I am just familiar with the difficulties associated with raising my own grass fed cows

  5. Is this something you’ve confirmed? I was under the impression that the cows were pastured when weather permits and fed a combination of hay and organic corn silage when needed. Have you heard differently? Where does the GM feed come in?

    • I sent them a message on facebook asking about GMO feed, and this is was their reply: “Yes, the cows are fed a grain mix from the local coop, which would include gmo corn. We traditionally raise non-GMO corn for our silage, but it is nearly impossible with gmo corn all around us.”
      I guess I’ll have to buy a different brand. They could totally avoid it if they really wanted to.

        • no, It’s still on there. I was just on the realmilk.com website a few minutes ago, and they are still listed.

          that’s irritating that they do that.

          • Sorry, in searching my email and the site history, I removed them in 2013, but they submitted another listing in 2015 and I posted it not remembering that they’d been listed before. I get thousands of emails so it’s nearly impossible to keep track! Anyway, after reviewing their website and Facebook page, I cannot tell at this time if they are feeding GMO grain or not, so I have emailed to ask them. They have a photo on their FB page from 2015 that mentions their corn going to the elevator “because their cows dine on grass and hay.” It doesn’t say exclusively, but it seems to imply they aren’t given corn…possibly they changed their feeding practices in the past few years? I will remove or update the listing when I hear. (Plans are in the works for a revamped site with a database that would allow me to better track who has been listed before and if they were deleted, why, so I can more effectively keep up with all this.)

          • The farmer confirmed the cows are fed GMO corn silage in winter. I am leaving the listing up, with that annotation, because if I take it down, they may submit it again as happened last time. I am hoping to get major updates to the site started this year which would include a database to annotate if a listing was removed and why so that can be tracked.

      • How could they totally avoid it when they are surrounded by GMO cornfields??? Pick up and move the farm to where there aren’t GMO fields for 5 miles in all direction? I’d love to find such a place and sincerely doubt that land is out there.

        Locate, ship & pay for 100% certified non-GMO feed? It will probably make their feed costs go up 6-7 times the amount they are paying now. Would you be willing to pay 6-7 times the amount for your milk?

        Life as a small farmer is difficult enough when trying to battle with the big corporate farms, Monsanto & their ilk. Add to that trying to balance what we can afford to purchase to produce quality products for our customers.

        If it was easy, everyone would do ….

        I do not know pickett fence creamery nor am I affiliated with them. Just a poor homesteader who has learned to accept less milk with feeding only alfalfa and no grains.

          • It’s tough to do 100% grassfed dairy; the cows get very thin and don’t produce as much, so 100% grassfed will be much more expensive. A small amount of non-GMO grain at milking is acceptable (preferably it would be soaked or sprouted first). Cows would get a certain amount of grain/seeds grazing pasture, from ripe seed heads. Some people who are super sensitive to grains need to find 100% grassfed, though.

    • Picket Fence confirmed this on their Facebook page in August 2013 when someone asked the question.

      “Yes, the cows are fed a grain mix from the local coop, which would include gmo corn. We traditionally raise non-GMP corn for our silage, but it is nearly impossible with gmo corn all around us. Thanks for asking!”

  6. the organic milk at hy-vee is the vat pasturized milk that kalona organics produces. that’s the closest to raw milk you’ll be able to find legally.

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