Our Raw Milk
...Nature’s Most Perfect Food
- What is raw milk?
Raw milk is simply milk that has not been pasteurized. Pasteurization was originally intended to sterilize raw foods and is a heating process designed to destroy all bacteria and enzyme activity. Along with sterility, the pasteurized product then has a longer shelf life.
- Is raw milk safe?
If it is properly collected from clean cows and cooled rapidly. We are licensed by the PA Dept of Ag to sell raw milk off the farm. This requires us to have our milk tested at an independent lab twice a month (in addition to our usual milk tank tests to ship our milk). We also have farm inspections and must have an automatic filler and capper.
- How long will raw milk keep?
When kept at the optimal temperature of 36-38° F. you can expect fresh raw milk to last from 7-10 days. Higher temperatures allow the normally occurring lactobacilli to get busy making lactic acid, which gives soured milk its characteristically tangy taste and reduces its shelf life. Bring a cooler bag and ice or gel packs with you when buying milk on hot summer days or if you have a long drive home - it'll stay fresher tasting longer. (source-raw-milk-facts.com).
- What are the health benefits of raw milk?
Many scientific studies have shown that pasteurization kills beneficial enzymes and bacteria in milk. We are not scientists, but do believe in the healing effect of raw milk. There are many opinions on this subject and we suggest that you research this further if you are interested-rawmilkusa.com is a good place to start.
- What do our cows eat?
Our cows are fed a primarily grass diet in the spring, summer and fall. They are supplemented with corn silage and grain. When the weather does not allow the grass to grow enough for grazing, we feed hay harvested from excess summer grass. Even in the winter the cows are out each day for exercise.
- How are the cows housed?
When the animals are not outside, they are in mattress lined comfort stalls in our barn. In the heat of summer, they are kept cool with several fans. In the winter, they are kept warm and dry. All of our heifers are kept in loose housing and most have access to pasture.
- What about the warning on the container?
As part of our licensing, we are required to include a consumer warning (word for word) on our labels. We believe that raw milk, properly cared for, is safe. We drink our milk every day-the same milk we sell you. We have been raised on it and we raise our children on it as soon as they start drinking milk. They are very healthy and well grown!
- Why is there a cream line?
Our milk is not homogenized either. Homogenization forces the milk through small orifices under pressure to break up the fat molecules. We do not find this necessary, thus the cream rises to the top.
- Do you use antibiotics or hormones?
The milk we sell contains no added hormones or antibiotics. If we have a sick cow, we will at times give them antibiotics (just as you might get for pneumonia or other infections). However, the milk is with held and dumped until it tests negative for antibiotics.
Raw Milk is only availalbe in PA, so we sell it at the Headouse Square Farmers Market and at our farm. On the farm, please let us know you are coming.