Monday, November 11, 2013

Raw Milk Monday

I'm taking a break from the IDPH battle today, instead I just want to share some of the fun we had this Monday. Several new visitors arrived this morning in a long white official looking van. No, nobody presidential, Thank God, and I mean Thank God, because if that man responsible for the Affordable Care mess we are in ever showed up here... I'd be forced to give him a pitchfork and point him in the direction of Doolin. One Ass deserves another.

But I digress.

Our visitors had another mission, one I cannot yet share, as if I did, my form and all its farmy loviliness would suddenly disappear from the earth. Gone. Poof. What can I say? South Pork Ranch Mystery Theatre rides again.

I can tell you, that in the midst of that which we were doing that I cannot tell you about, we stopped for some refreshments, the raw milk kind. We continue to introduce more and more people every week to their very first taste of raw milk. We have noticed, they all  possess a similar profile; young (20's and 30's) healthy and well educated.

Most have already done their basic raw milk research via the internet. They know the pros and the cons. Many have been changing their diets over the years from the ridiculous government sponsored food pyramess to the well researched nutritional recommendations of Westin A Price.  Many of them have young children who have responded positively to changes in their meals which now include raw foods like milk and honey.

It's been perhaps the most exciting time of our farm life since we took that deep cleansing breath, three years ago, broke away from Foremost Farms and their threats, and went commando (just an expression folks, we still wear our support garments in the barn.)

Selling raw milk direct to the consumer saved our farm. And each time one of you comes to our farm for your first taste of raw milk, handing us your money directly rather than pushing it through a system of 15 middlemen scattered over an average of 1500 miles,  you help keep us and our cows, afloat. And each time one of our regular customers tells someone else about our farm and the raw milk we have available, you keep us and our bovines, alive and well. It's turned into a vicious cycle.

Job well done.


  1. Come on; tell us. You've got your own TV show; right?

  2. I think it turned out more of a 'victorious' rather than 'vicious' cycle. Oooh, I love mystery theatre. Can't wait to find out who done it!

  3. Hmm, did it involve pitchforks? Like the poem on the tractor.

    1. Lets see if I can get my third response where it goes nothing...No Martha, no weapons of grass destruction were used.

  4. Unlike Kris, I do NOT like mystery theatre. I wanna know NOW!
    Stinking tease.

  5. Cro, No. Apparently their is no industry need for short, fat farmers with the personality of Joan Crawford...

  6. Kris. Stay tuned. You know it will be worth it.

  7. Yay! I love that "weapons of grass destruction" and "pyramess."

    I do have a question regarding raw milk. When i lived in PA, which is one of the friendlier raw milk states, the raw milk i bought was not homogenized nor pasteurized. This meant i needed to shake it a few times for the cream to mix with the milk, but it also gave me the option of skimming the cream off the top, which was nice if we had people over for coffee or tea.

    Where i live now, another raw milk friendly place, the farmers here are homogenizing their milk. The cream still separates, but not as much. I tried making whey, and it was okay, but it seemed that it didn't separate out quite the way i had expected. Would homogenization wreak havoc with that?

    Yes, i don't know why i'm thinking you know all the answers. Just curious if you homogenize your raw milk or if you've had anyone comment on how it affects the success of their whey making.

  8. This "smells" like the Star Trek TNG episode "The Royal" with the "foriegn investors." If it is I hope it has the same ending for you.