Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Real Milk

I'm Lacto-ovo vegetarian, which means I drink milk, eat dairy and eggs. The most convincing argument I've heard towards going vegan is that buying dairy is supporting the meat industry. Which I don't want to do. Maybe one day I'll take the plunge and go vegan, who knows.

Meanwhile, I've been reading about dangers of homogenized milk (gotta love an article that begins: "a human is not a fish") and about the benefits of raw milk. Now, this is a highly controversial subject and you will find strong arguments on either side. You know by now that I am a fan of natural and I tend to think that God knew what he was doing in the first place, so going back to nature is often the best way.



Of course there is a place for technology and we've learned a lot through science. One such thing we've learned is how to keep equipment sterile and avoid contamination of our food, which is why raw milk from a safe, sensible source, which is careful to consider food handling hygiene is much safer than raw milk used to be. It's not like you'd imagine, squeezing from the udder into an old bucket, stopping to wipe sweat off your brow then go back to milking.

Rene and I were thrilled to find a local source for grass fed, safe, organic raw milk. There's nothing like being able to see where and how the milk is made, and being able to pet the cows that produce the stuff you pour into your breakfast cereal.



(They usually are out in the pasture, btw. They don't live in this pen.) And you get to look into their eye and see that they are being well treated, they are healthy and treated with herbal medication where appropriate.





And we recently found that our friend a few miles north of us, has truly free range egg laying chickens. They are not fenced in by anything. They eat organic grain, and peck bugs from the ground. The eggs are delicious, such dark, strong, yellow yolks. And I love how non-uniform they are. All different shades, shapes and sizes. How do they even make the eggs so uniform in the chicken farms? I don't think I want to know.



9 comments:

Michelle M. said...

I wish we had more farms like that! The biggest problem is that the milk from those farms is SO expensive. I have a hard time even affording regular old organic.

Niecey said...

This is cheaper than the non-homogenized stuff we were getting from hyvee. When we factor in fuel for driving there it's probably about the same. But really not too pricey at all. We only drink about 1.5 gallons per week, so it's totally affordable.

DJ said...

Yay for truly free-range chooks!

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Wow! I am starting to make some changes in this area...the pics look sooo fun!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! You have an awesome blog!

Cali Eddy said...

I have The Maker's Diet too. Jordan's story is amazing and I believe he has some fantastic idea. We drank milk right from the cow for a while too from a family friend who owns a dairy farm. Not too much luck on the free range chickens though...

Laura said...

You've inspired me to check out the produce from our local surrounding farms! I try to buy organic as much as possible - esp for the kids.

Jaime said...

Great pictures of the animals. Love it!

Laura said...

Oh man!! That looks awesome! There's a ranch that I looked into for us getting organic raw milk too, but the nearly 1.5 hour drive was just a bit too much. And the herdshare program was $36 a month and you get 1 gallon a week. We go through AT LEAST two a week - Kyleigh and especially Matt are big milk drinkers.

But I totally agree that raw milk is good for you. I mean - people have survived on that stuff for centuries!! :)

It continues to amaze me how alike our families are!!

Sarahlcc♥ said...

What a wonderful resource! I still have fond memories of learning how to milk the cow.......doing it day after day is the hard part!

I can remember reading how one of (I think it was) Harry Truman's brothers died of TB which he caught through drinking contaminated cow's milk, and I'm soooo thankful that raw milk is tested, and ensured completely safe today! We truly live in an incredibly blessed age!