Thursday, October 20, 2011

Raw Milk for Sale $5 a Gallon

There it is.

The announcement that we sell raw milk here on
South Pork Ranch in Chatsworth, Illinois.

If Michael Schmidt can stand up for what he believes in, so can I. Enough is enough. I am no longer going to sit here in the relative solitude and comfort of my home and turn my back on a fellow dairy farmer whose "crime" was to sell a perfectly wonderful farm product, raw milk, to individuals who wanted it.

Although Michael's battle is in Canada,  the problem of government overstepping it boundaries and putting their noses where they have not been invited, is occurring here in the US as well. Thomas Jefferson said it best

I've mentioned before on this blog the inconsistencies of the Illinois Department of Public Health in regards to raw milk sales. I've also briefly discussed my frustration with IDPH in getting CLEAR answers to my questions regarding these laws. Not only was the buck passed, it was passed so fast you would've thought it had been covered in dried  cow manure and ignited.

I have struggled for sometime about what to do in this regard. Keep quiet like a good farm girl, selling the milk as we are "allowed" to do (oh thank you wise and wonderful OZ for allowing us to sell our farm product that we produced with our own hands, the grace of God and the physical efforts of some fine bovines) but NOT advertising the availability of the same milk OR standing up for my First Amendment right of free speech.

I've decided to speak up. Its the least I can do for Michael Schmidt and other class act farmers like him. Its the least I can do for our farm. You might think "Really ? All this drama over raw milk ?" Well, yes because the removal of our rights, the oppression of government often starts in small ways when we aren't looking or worse yet, when we don't care enough  to look.

I plan to address this issue on this blog  every day for a good amount of time as I begin the arduous task of getting some real answers from our local and then state government and it is again my intention to change this law in Illinois. If we can raise the cow, harvest the milk, drink the milk and sell the milk then why can we not ADVERTISE the sale of raw milk? After all you can legally advertise all these items in Illinois

Abortion Services
Adult Book Stores
"Escort" Services

How is it that advertising raw milk sales is more harmful to society than any of the above ?

Don't fret. I will also do some fun stuff like soap making and general farm shenanigans. Life is serious enough,  it is also meant to be enjoyed. In the meantime I would like to remind you...

Raw Milk for Sale $5 a gallon 
You must come directly to our farm, you must bring your own container
You do not need to wear a disguise

South Pork Ranch LLC
32796 E 750 N. Rd
Chatsworth, Il  60921


  1. I just wanted to say, I buy raw milk in another state where the only legal way to do it is with a cow share so I guess technically I don't "buy" it. Anyway, what I wanted to say is good for you for standing up for the right to buy and eat what we want.
    And also your milk is really inexpensive! I pay almost double that. I don't begrudge what I pay at all because it's a good farm run by good people and basically the only option in my area, but I was surprised to see your price.

  2. Good for you for taking a stand! I'm pretty sure that we're "allowed" to sell raw goat milk on our farm in AR, but I should look that up again. Oh, but you can't sell raw COW milk. What morons (the state).

    Good idea & I think I'm going to "steal" your little idea of civil disobediencs next week on my blog!

  3. You go girl! I believe it is illegal to sell it in my area. I totally agree with all you said on the over-stepping of bounds by government. Wishing you all the best.


  4. I'll be down for our 9 gallons soon.

  5. You brave woman, you!! I applaud you!

    Dang, at the same time, I think--I'm gonna need to raise bail money because if someone on the "up and up" reads this and you get arrested--well, heck, there goes one of TRF's better writers!!

    Speaking of which, do we feel like we need to address this on TRF? I think so--next week looks like I'll start it!! :D

  6. Thankfully here in Missouri the laws are a little more lenient.. You can sell it, advertise it, and deliver to the final customer... However there was some debate over how that had to be delivered but the Farmer won!

  7. I know it's important to stand up for what you belive in and I'm proud to know you. I'm also worried about you now because the government is one nasty b****! Take care.

  8. You go girl! Here in Michigan we can only buy through cow shares. The farm that we were buying through recently stopped doing it (they had endured a lot of issues the last year, one being that their insurance company suddenly dropped them). I wish we were closer, I would be there to buy! We small farmers need to stick together. This last year hubby and I had to jump through hoops to have three small pygora goats come to live on our farm (we are in the country, but didn't have enough acreage for the county regulations). Including a "manure maintance" plan...have you ever seen goats "manure"? It's like rabbit pellets!

  9. you brave farmer! here in Wisconsin- the (corporate) dairy state- raw milk is 100% illegal. No cow shares, nothing. My gratitude goes out to my dairy farmer for risking his neck to provide us with raw, organic, pastured milk. (also $5 per gallon)

  10. I know a friend is very interested in raw milk for making clotted cream and I'd like to try my hand at cheese making... Hope we manage to figure out a time to make a trip down before you get shut down.

  11. When the milk police come to arrest you can you sneak your laptop with so you can at least keep blogging?? We would all miss you terribly:))) I hear your roar way up in WI! Keep roaring!

  12. As if farmers needed any more pressure--keep up the fight! have you involved your state and national congressmen?

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