9.15.2008

Milk money

Every Saturday, I dig through the jar of change that sits on my bedroom windowsill, looking for quarters.

I count out 14, $3.50 in all, and hop on my bike. I pedal over to Pheasant Run or down the bumpy dirt trail of Old Long Pond, to find a cooler stashed beneath the shade of a rhododendron or bushy wild blueberry. Into jar or box I drop the quarters, and pedal away with a half gallon of fresh, ivory milk.

The milk pick-up is part of a coop. The members join for all sorts of reasons. Some are concerned about the health affects of industrial milk, others interested in buying locally. Still others grew up on a farm and simply prefer the taste of real, un-homogenized, un-pasteurized cow's milk.

The government calls it "Raw Milk;" proponents call it "Real Milk." And I have to say, the proponents have it right on this one. There is nothing more real than milk that actually separates into skim and cream, that sours naturally into a rich, thick liquid perfect for baking, and that is absolutely untouched, straight from the cow.

Even my lactose intolerant boyfriend likes it.

I didn't join for the real aspect. I was interested in buying dairy locally, and joining the Outer Cape coop was the only option. Raw milk came with the deal. But now that I know the difference between industrialized and real, I don't think I'll ever look back.

Dairies selling raw milk in the Cape, Islands, & South Coast area include:

Lyons Brook Farm 76 Drift Road, Westport, MA (508) 636.2552
Mermaid Farm and Dairy 9 Middle Road, Chilmark, MA (508) 645.3492
Oake Knoll Ayrshires 70 North St., Foxboro, MA terri_lawton@yahoo.co
Paskamansett Farms 742 Tucker Rd, Dartmouth, MA (508) 990.7859

4 comments :

Laurie said...

Hi Elspeth,

Love your blog! It seems we're kindred spirits. I grew up on a farm drinking "real" milk so I was wondering how to join the local coop. Any info you could pass on would be greatly appreciated.

Elspeth said...

Hi Laurie:

For the Outer Cape Coop, you can get in touch with Ellen Whalen at tewhalen@verizon.net. For the one in Falmouth, the contact is Lyra Maclone at lyramaclone@yahoo.com.

Good luck!

Best,
Elspeth

james brown said...

The article is very helpful and informative, so thank you so much for sharing this article and I hope that you will share more information about it. However, we design a custom logo if you are interested in purchasing one click here.
Buy a logo

Haris said...

This is a very unique and wonderful blog for me!
Thank you for sharing with us.
Law Essay

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
All text, photographs, and other original material copyright 2008-2010 by Elspeth Hay unless otherwise noted.