NOTE May 9, 2016: a number of people have advised us that they’ve called Milky Way Farm directly and were told that the cows are fed GMO grains in the winter. We have not called (we’re across the country now) — but if you’re interested, call the farm.
As we are somewhat new to the Carolinas, we were delighted to find that L.D. Peeler’s Milky Way Farm in located in Starr, South Carolina, sells its natural dairy products locally — locally to us, that is. They have a schedule of places to pick it up as well as various stores and markets in South Carolina that sell it. Now, yes, we have to travel across the border from Charlotte, North Carolina to Fort Mill, South Carolina in order to buy it — but, geez, it’s about five miles. Not far at all.
And it’s well worth the trip. We load up on sweet milk and thick cream (I like coffee with my cream). We also use the cream to make our all-natural ice cream, which we flavor with different organic extracts such as lemon or orange.
What’s more, I also use the cream in our homemade baked bread. At some point I want to see if I can make some butter, since I notice that the cream is pretty thick — while it’s labeled as “light cream”, it’s much thicker than other creams I’ve purchased elsewhere.
According to its website, scmilkywayfarm.com, the milk is produced by Jersey cows that graze on grass — and Milky Way Farm does NOT pasteurize its milk (that means that they don’t cook it). If you cook the milk, it will last quite long in the fridge, but the reason for that is that most of the nutrition has been boiled out of the milk. Thus there is less of what makes it a food and so it spoils nowhere near as fast as natural milk that hasn’t been pasteurized or homogenized.
NOTE: If you read on a label for Organic milk that it has been pasteurized, it is NOT raw milk, regardless of whether or not it is organic.
Milky Way Farm simply takes the milk from the cow and bottles it and sells it to the public, like nature intended.
And in my opinion, this is the kind of milk that does bodies very good. All the minerals, proteins and vitamins are still intact.
The South Carolina Department of Health tests Milky Way milk monthly for e.coli, bacteria, and SCC (somatic cell count which can indicate mastitis infection), and yearly for TB, and Brucellosis (Bangs disease). In addition to these tests, the farm voluntarily tests its cows for Johnes, a disease similar to Crohn’s disease in humans. If not detected, Johnes can spread throughout a herd, significantly reducing production and ultimately resulting in a cow’s death.
To find out more about Milky Way Farm, you can visit their website: scmilkywayfarm.com.
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