We own a cow! We own a cow!
February 18, 2008
Okay so we don’t actually own a WHOLE cow. Isle Farms allows people to buy a cow share in order to get raw milk. It’s apparently illegal to buy raw milk but you can buy a cow share and thus get raw milk. I don’t really understand the logic of this but whatever… We found them through Local Harvest and since they invite people to come visit we did just that. We drove out on Saturday so that we could visit “our cow.” We like to think that our cow share comes from the flirty cow in the above picture. She was quite fond of J. and make sure to give him lots of kisses :). Not all the cows were quite so interested in us though. This lady could not be bothered to come over and say hi.
It was a really neat experience to visit the farm where our milk was coming from and the family was so great to work with. They sell local honey, organic chocolate syrup and fresh eggs in addition to milk shares. We got the full tour so we could make sure our grass fed cows (although they do get grain at milking time so that they will come over to the barn from the stream) were being treated humanely and that the whole operation was running cleanly and efficiently to avoid contamination without needing to be pasturized. And since the milk comes raw there is heavy cream on top so we can make our own butter. J. is even thinking about making our cheese now!
If you haven’t checked out Local Harvest we highly recommend you do so. You can find all sorts of local producers in your area that you would otherwise never know about.