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We own a cow! We own a cow!

February 18, 2008
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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.
 
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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.

 

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2008 12:21 am

    Congratulations on “owning” a cow! Can’t get much better than this when it comes to knowing where your food comes from (shy of having a cow in your own backyard). Your post is totally inspiring. I need to check in to see if I can find a cow share need me. Do you have a say (collectively say) in what happens to the cow when she is sick (antibiotics or no antibiotics) and when she no longer produces milk?

  2. Peggy permalink
    February 19, 2008 2:51 am

    That’s such a great idea! How long does raw milk keep?

  3. February 19, 2008 3:34 am

    Awesome site and good on ya for all you are doing. I’d like to add you to my blogroll and would love you to do the same for me.

    On the cow front, what is the cost versus buying milk from the store?

    Dave

  4. badhuman permalink*
    February 19, 2008 2:51 pm

    We don’t have a total say in what happens to the cows which is why we made sure
    they were being treated well before purchasing the cow share. The family at Isle Farms
    is very cool though and open to suggestions and input.

    The milk lasts a little over a week and you stipulate how much you want based on
    consumption. If you go out of town or anything you just let them know and they will
    cancel your delivery for that week.

    Buying raw milk from a small diary is significantly more expensive then buying it from the
    store. But we are supporting a small, local farm and getting a high quality product in
    return so we think it’s worth it. In addition to that the family is very friendly and offered
    us free compost and if we want they will order us canning jars at bulk rate when they order.
    So I think it all even outs especially when you consider we never have to buy butter or
    cream, or butter cream again.

  5. February 19, 2008 10:28 pm

    Congrats on owning a cow! My husband, strange as he is, really wanted a cow when he was growing up. He didn’t want to milk it though, he wanted to ride it. His parents tried explaining to him that you can’t really ride cows, but that did not stop him…

    Anyway – how does raw milk taste compared to pasteurized milk? Have you noticed any difference?

    http://www.bravenewleaf.com

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