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.

Raw MilkAs 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.

Raw ButtermilkAccording to its website,, 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.

Additionally, Local Harvest says of Milky Way Farm:

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:

ADDED: please read the comments below for information we did not have at the time of writing this article.

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58 Comments for "South Carolina’s Milky Way Farm sells the greatest raw milk and cream"

  1. Diane Vigil

    Good article, George. As we’d previously not had raw milk from Jerseys, I was surprised to find how mellow it really is. Excellent.

  2. E Thomas

    my understanding is that they feed the cows some grain. The grain is not organic and from what I could discover in researching them, its GMO grain. Definitely not organic! Why go to the trouble of getting raw milk and then drink gmo’s?

  3. Diane Vigil

    Could you possibly tell me where you got that information? I’d tried to do a bit of research earlier, but hadn’t found anything. I’d appreciate hearing where you got that information.

  4. momo

    I’d also like to know where you got this information E Thomas. Please share with us as I recently started drinking raw milk from them. Site owner/moderator, could you please email Mr. Thomas and invite him to come back and reply to his post and our questions? Thank you.

  5. Kelly

    Their own website states they feed grain and they refuse to comment on HOW MUCH GRAIN. This bothers me. I am not sure about it being GMO or not but this why you must visit the farm to see for yourself.

    Also being from a more northern state where Raw Milk was plentiful, the milk had TASTE, real sweet taste. In my opinion, Milky way milk is taste-LESS stale and boring. Reminds me of store bought milk. Oh how much I miss my local raw milk.

  6. Diane Vigil

    Kelly, I have to agree. It’s important to know what a farm is doing.

    By the way, we’re from California, where we could get Organic Pastures’ organic raw milk — and, indeed, it had taste. It was sweet. The body reacted as if it were getting essential nutrients. I don’t get the same feeling from Milky Way milk.

  7. Lynn S

    I know this is a really old thread but was wondering what you ever found out in regards to the milk and what MW feeds their cows. Do you have any more information on this? Thanks!

  8. Diane Vigil

    What I see on their website is this:

    The cows have access to pasture and hay year round. Weather permitting, the hay is grown on our farm; otherwise, we purchase hay from local farmers. The cows also have limited access to grain, and their portions are determined by their production.

    Other than this, there is the comment above by E. Thomas about GMO grain, and some minor discussions here and there.

    But as to what might be deemed proof or evidence of anything untoward, I have nothing. I’m not saying it’s true; I’m not saying it’s not true. I’m saying that, unfortunately, I don’t know.

  9. Diane Vigil

    By the way, I will add that we are still drinking the Milky Way Farm milk, which is very tasty.

    The fact that the organic raw milk from Organic Pastures (which we were able to get while we were in California) might have been different is, well … it was certified organic.

    We are shortly to be moving to Austin, Texas, where I hope we’ll be able to find raw milk — hopefully organic.

  10. Kelly

    Hi Diane:

    I was in a coop that received MW’s milk. I heard directly from the coop leader that he in fact does feed grain, and that the farmer (Peeler) stresses local over organic. Therefore, since GMO corn is everywhere and its organic counterpart is so difficult to find (and expensive), I would bet the farm (no pun intended) that that is exactly what the cows are getting.

    The cows all get separate rations based upon their productivity. I do not like this because if you want to increase your milk yield, you do NOT add more grain, you get more cows…

    Not only that, the operation is huge, not only does he do RAW MILK sales which he has drops in many, many places every day…. he also does pasteurized milk. In my opinion, it was too big of an operation for us. I was not happy with his milk, his methods, his size… he just wasn’t the right fit for us.

    Also, we just moved to San Antonio, TX…. you and I will be neighbors once again!

    Welcome to Texas!

  11. Diane Vigil

    Wow, Kelly! Thanks for the information, and glad to hear you’re in San Antonio.

    My understanding is that you can get raw milk in Texas … or that you can get it directly from farmers (or something like that). Would you know yet?

  12. Erin

    As another raw milk producer here in Charleston, I would just like to say that grain-fed milk is never going to be as good for the cow *or* for the people drinking it as 100% grass-fed. Grain feeding leads to the perfect environment for harmful bacteria to thrive in the cow’s digestive tract. As Alan Nation says, “feed a cow five pounds of grain, turn her into a pig.” Who wants milk from a pig?

  13. Diane Vigil

    Hi Erin. Thanks — but could you clarify about feeding cows grain and turning them into pigs? Does that imply that grain is a fattener, or …?

  14. Kelly

    Hi Diane:

    Are you in Austin yet? Drop me an email when you arrive at Kelleohara at I can email you all the sources of raw milk in our vicinity.

    Also, to butt in on your convo with Erin… Yes, actually grain (corn, etc) is a fattener… which is why conventional beef farms feed their cattle grain and lots of it because it fattens their herd up faster……etc.
    However, the problems associated with that method abound… uggh..

    Just came home from the farmers market – I just love Saturdays!


  15. Diane Vigil

    Thanks for the information, Kelly. I’ll email you.

  16. Lynn

    Sorry for re-starting this thread and then abandoning the discussion! (It has been busy here to say the least.)

    After posting here and reading the first few responses, I decided to just call LD and see what he had to say. Needless to say, rumors abound in the internet -some true and some not- and the best way to find out the truth is to head to the source, right?

    Here is a summary of our discussion…
    He used to sell exclusively to the local dairies for pasturization -as did his father and grandfather before him. Then he was approached on several occasions by a milk inspector that kept trying to get him to start selling raw milk. He was continually told that their farm and milk was cleaner and producing better milk than any the others he inspected and there is a growing market for raw milk. He obviously gave in and started offering raw milk. (I didnt ask if he still sells to the local dairies for pasturization but seem to remember reading somewhere that he does send his excess to the bulk dairies…?)

    They are certified to have a maximum of 120 cows and currently have about 90 -75 of which are milking. (Someone told me they had been there and “saw he had over 500 cows -see what I mean about rumors??)

    He does indeed supplement with grain -but not in the way most “grain fed” farms do. He works with a nutritionist that comes and evaluates each cows nutritional needs. That specific cow is then allowed (or NOT allowed) a set -small- amount of grain each day. Each cow wears a transponder that is coded with the amount that she is allowed and it is also not allowed to be eaten all at one “sitting”.

    The grains he feed are not certified organic as they are too expensive. (We can attest to that as we pay over twice as much for our organic chicken feed and our organic goat feed was almost 3 times the non-organic.) However, he does his best to buy from farmers that are non-GMO producers. Also, he does not feed large amounts of corn or soybeans but rather feeds like alfalfa. (You have to rememeber that “grain” can be any combination of anything that is not grass or hay.) He does not feed ANY by-products.

    Let me see…

    He does give the cows probiotics on occasion -again based on nutritional need. The ONLY time a cow is given antibiotics is when she is drying off and getting ready to calf again. Any cow that is given an antibiotic is sent to a seperate pasture and it not milked for several months (more than long enough for the ab to be out of her system).

    I think that pretty much sums up the conversation. In the end, we are more than satisfied to continue buying from them -unless something in their practice changes. My husband was raised on a dairy farm in extreme northern NY and it was impossible to NOT feed grain at some point in the year. With long and harsh winters where grass is not available and hay isnt as fresh towards the end, alfalfa and other grains were always supplemented. Yes, some of the reason was to help keep fat on the cow for the winter. This is not unhealthy in my opinion -it is excessive grains that are not healty.

    Another thing to remember is that cows milk is naturally “filtered” by the cow just as human breast milk is filtered. The cows body uses the nutrients to make the milk -it is not made *from* the feed.

    Just wanted to put some direct answers out there for anyone else who is wondering. We have been drinking their milk for about 2 months now and love it. My husband hadnt been able to drink milk for years (after leaving the farm) and is now drinking as much or more than the rest of us -and is more healthy because of it! In fact, we went from using about 4 gallons every two weeks to now using 7 gallons! :-)

  17. Diane Vigil

    Thanks for the update, Lynn. Much appreciated.

  18. Erin

    If his cows really eat so much grass, the cream should be yellow. Is it yellow? All that I’ve seen is pure white. Grass fed cows would never have white cream at this time of year.

    While it is difficult in other parts of the country to get by without feeding grains, we don’t have harsh winters here, and it should never be necessary to feed grain, unless you’re trying to increase your production. And grain is never healthy for a cow. She just wasn’t made to consume corn.

    I just have a problem with the misrepresentation of a product. If he is 100% grass fed, ok. But he’s not. And I constantly run into people that have been led to believe that this product is from 100% grass fed cows. And that’s just not true.

  19. Kelly Cevallos

    Erin – Well said!! And no his cream is lily WHITE! I know from first hand knowledge.

    Regarding harsh winters, specifically upstate NY harsh winters… My mother lives on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington, NY and the college town of Potsdam, NY is about 25 minutes south. It was in Potsdam where I got my raw milk while I was there. He fed absolutely ZERO grain. Talk about harsh winters, they have plenty of 30 below days during their ultra long winter season. His cows are happy and healthy and give the best colored, best tasting milk.

    What bothers me most are farmers and NON-FARMERS telling me what MUST be done which is simply not true. I found a farmer that didn’t feed any grain whatsoever and his cows were not dropping like flies because of the lack of grain in their diet.

    Also – I still have the email from the MW coop leader. After reading it again, and re-reading my previous post, I did not misrepresent any information or fuel any rumors. Here is her email detailing the operation.

    Hello Lauren,

    I’m having some trouble getting answers from Milky Way Farm about their milk. My wife has tried to contact them via email several times and has also tried calling them. On the site it says that they use grain. I’m trying to find out how much grain are they feeding the cows? What kind of grain is it?
    Is it GMO or non-GMO? Is it organic grain?

    Thank you,


    Hi Rick. Sorry you haven’t had success getting your questions answered by Mr. Peeler. He’s usually pretty quick (for a farmer) about responding to emails… usually within a few days.

    Anyway, here’s how Milky Way Farm handles their grain:

    Mr. Peeler has a nutritionist on hire who comes out and takes a sampling of the hay he will be feeding. The nutritionist tests the nutrition content of the hay and then works with a local grain mill to mill up a ration customized to the nutritional needs of the cows based on what is lacking in the hay. So, the grain is only providing that which the cows need, as the vitamins/minerals in the hay will vary from cutting to cutting and from farm to farm (Mr. Peeler does grow some of his own hay, and the rest he buys locally). The amount of grain fed to each cow varies and is determined based on her production, body condition, and whether or not she is bred. Their individual rations are fed out over a 24 hour period using a special electronic collar/grain bin system. When a cow approaches the grain bin for her ‘treat,’ a device on the bin reads her collar and then dispenses a portion of her daily ration until her full ration has been dispensed. At that point, the bin will no longer open for her until the next day. The rations range from a couple of pounds of grain at the low end to 20 lbs or so (which isn’t actually all that much to a cow) for a heavy producer that needs improvement in body condition.

    As an aside, this all comes down to genetics… some cows will continue to increase production and use more energy the more grain they’re fed up until a certain point where it balances itself out. Feeding no grain to these cows can be devastating to their condition as they will produce large quantities of milk anyway and become emaciated in the process. Today’s dairy cows simply aren’t ‘natural’ animals in the purest sense of the word… they’ve been bred to produce huge quantities of milk and they need a lot of energy to do it. My family’s Jersey cow is like this… we struggle to keep weight on her despite a never ending supply of green grass and local hay. So, we have to grain her.

    The types of grains will vary depending on what the cows need, and the grain mill obtains local grains if at all possible… sometimes they do need to buy some items outside the state due to shortages. The grain is not organic or non-GMO. Most of the grains, save for the soy and corn when they’re included, probably aren’t GMO though because there are actually very few approved GMO grains at this point. Mr. Peeler’s focus is on supporting local farmers, and doing things as naturally as possible, while keeping the milk affordable… not so much on ‘organic’ as defined by the USDA.

    Anyway, that’s probably more info that you wanted, but I hope it helps! This subject is a bit of a passion of mine as our family has livestock of our own now, having moved from the suburbs several years ago. So, I tend to ramble on. =)

    Co-op Organizer

    Again – if this operation fits your family, then so be it. It did not fit my family so we traveled 4 hours to Greensboro, NC to get our milk … and 4 hours back every other Sunday. We found a much smaller operation that fed only a treat while milking. That treat was only about a pound or so twice a day. That milk was delicious, had flavor …. I gave up my ice cream addiction once I found his milk – It literally tasted like ice cream. I hope all who desire raw milk get milk that tastes like that! DELICIOUS.

    Diane – please give me a call when you get to Austin 210.745.2740 :)

  20. Diane Vigil

    Hi Kelly. Well, all I can say is … I hope you’ve found that kind of milk in Austin!

    I’ll give you a call a little later. I’m on a bit of a weird schedule right now.

  21. Carolina

    Hey Kelly,

    I was wondering what farm you got your milk from in Greensboro? We are actually local and would prefer to be able to visit a farm directly and get our milk source locally.



  22. Debbie

    I also live in the Greensboro, NC, area and am interested in the local dairy selling raw milk here. Contact information would be greatly appreciated, as I’ve recently relocated from SC and am in need of my raw milk fix. Thank you!

  23. Kelly Cevallos

    I was trying to avoid this, but since more than one person spoke up, I will respond.

    Ladies, if interested in raw milk, then you know that raw milk is illegal in north carolina. Due to its illegality, I will not disclose on an internet forum who our source was. I will lead you to the Weston A. Price chapter leader in the area. Please do look her up and contact her and she will be able to help you.

    Also, once you do find a source in North Carolina, I would urge you to be discreet in who you tell. The law is cracking down on dairies and if his dairy is harassed in any way, so many families will be seriously affected by the loss of his milk. It is truly a wonderful product!!

    I hope I have helped and please do forgive me for not being more forthcoming. Remember, it our own government who is telling you what we are allowed to put in our body and what we are allowed to do for a living. A cryin’ shame is what it is! I wonder how we EVER allowed this to happen.

  24. Alison Price

    Hi Everyone!
    I’m in CHarleston and desperately on the search for organic or at least truly 100% grass fed, Jersey cow raw milk. Erin… you posted above saying you are in Charleston and are a producer? Please help me find you!

    I looked into Milky Way and spoke with the farmer myself. He said he does feed them grain and its local. He had no idea if the grain was GMO or not, he admitted that himself to me on the phone.

    I’m REALLY interested in hooking up with a Charleston raw milk farmer who has year round supply and is TRULY 100% grass fed. I have a 1.5 year old and a 4 year old who love milk and i feel so much better giving them healthy, raw (and as close to organic) milk.

    Any help is appreciated!

  25. Alison Price

    If you don’t feel right posting your contact info, let me know and I can give you a way to contact me instead.


  26. Diane Vigil

    Allison, while you’re waiting for Erin to respond, you might take a look at the website (created by the Weston A. Price Foundation) for providers in South Carolina. I see a couple in Charleston that might work for you — and perhaps Erin is one of them:

  27. Alison Price

    Hi DIane!
    Your so nice to post this, but I’ve exhausted these options. Geers sell Milky Way Farms milk. The Sea Island Jerseys milk is wonderful and I’ve bought it whenever possible at the farmers market. But its a small operation and she has been completely out of milk for several months.

  28. Diane Vigil

    Darn. Let’s give her a bit to see if she returns, then.

  29. Meredith A.

    We are looking to move to Charleston – Alison please let me know if you found a source!!

  30. Alison Price

    Hi Meredith,
    I’m still waiting to hear back from the woman Erin who commented above. Sea Island Jerseys is fantastic and will be available at the Charleston farmers markets, but she is down without supply for about 4 months in the winter….

  31. Erin

    I am so sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I am the owner’s daughter of Sea Island Jerseys in Charleston. And, yes, we did have a shortage for the fall and winter months, but we’re starting to have calves born like crazy right now and have plenty of milk. The Glass Onion on Highway 17 in West Ashley should have plenty, as well as I’On Health in Mount Pleasant.

  32. Alison Price

    Hi Erin!
    YEA! Good news. Your mom is wonderful, I’ve spoken with her on several occasions. Thanks for doing what you do!

  33. ryan

    I know this might be hugely unpopular on this board. But it makes no sense to me why we humans drink milk from a cow. Surely cavemen did not do this therefore we would not have adapted it. Also I don’t think you can find one credible source that will tell you that the nutrition content from pasteurized milk is significantly different than that of raw milk. I’m all for organic and sustainable living, but just as the argument here is that cows weren’t meant to eat grain or corn. Well I would say that humans weren’t meant to drink cow’s milk. There is a reason americans are fat and sick. Our diets our horrible, even when we think we are eating good food, we usually aren’t.

  34. Diane Vigil

    Thanks for your opinion. I think, if you’re looking for credible sources, that you keep looking for yourself. I suspect you’ll find them. ;)

    The thing here is that, depending on whose opinion or theory is being touted, you’ll find people who espouse veganism, vegetarianism, macrobiotics, paleo diets, completely raw food, only this, only that, no dairy, etc.

    Even more so, you’ll find people who spend their time posting on boards and blogs (like this one) about their favorite, and it seems, always with the opinion that everyone else is doing it wrong and that that only is the reason why [fill in the blank].

    People are searching for what fits for them.

    Heck, I got chewed our for what brand of knives I bought. Quite aggressive, that poster. Phew. But I love the knives.

  35. Keith

    My family have recently been purchasing low pasteurized milk from a local source. It’s the closest thing to raw that we could find. I just stumbled upon this farm in Sardis, SC and am thinking about giving it a go. Here is the link for anyone interested.

  36. Lindsay Wilson

    A post above stated that the cream needs to be yellow from a pastured cow. That’s not true. Cream can be simply off-white. The best way to tell if the cows are grass-fed is by making butter. The yellow comes out under the pressure of making butter — it is simply magical. I actually did this test, myself… The first butter was made from the cream of grain-fed, Holstein’s… The second from Milky Way’s Jersey cows. To me, the proof is there — in the butter… Look at the pictures here:

    PLUS — it is a good thing to try to work with the farmer and help them along… If you find something disagreeable with their practice, make sure to talk with them directly — in person is best. Many farmers are struggling right now. It is hard to make a living and offer a wholesome product. It is our job to be in dialogue with them as much as possible to ensure a good, wholesome product that everyone is happy with. Raw milk providers are having such a tough time in this country. They need support and constructive criticism (face-to-face) for their betterment and development.

  37. Diane Vigil

    Thanks for your input. And lovely-looking butter.

    Actually, we’re no longer in the South (nor in Texas, either), so it would be a little difficult to talk to the farmer in person.

    While I’m well aware that raw milk providers have been having and continue to face difficult times (and have helped to fight for them since we were in California), I don’t know that I could agree that it’s our "job" to "dialogue with them" to ensure anything. I think that, if I put out a product or service, it ought to be what I say it is … that is, what I’m advertising it to be that I take money for. There is a certain wonderfulness to truth in advertising.

    That said, not everyone can go hang out in a place suitable to overlook a farm, oversee feeding operations, and then milking operations, and then the safe packaging and safe transport of that milk … and possess enough knowledge of same to determine when conditions and practices are not optimum and be close enough to the source to determine (let alone ensure) all these things. Heck, I wouldn’t even have testing equipment to ensure that the end product is healthful.

    One just has to take someone’s word … so there’s that truth in advertising thing again. <wink>

  38. Lindsay Wilson

    Basically, I mean that the closer we can get to our food (since many people don’t produce their own…nor do they know what that entails…that means get close to your farmer), the better things will be in this country. I think talking amongst ourselves is very important… However, a few people made comments in this dialogue and only spoke to a 2nd party. I suggest that those people go and talk to the farmer. I have been raising herbs and food for 2 years. It is intense work. Many people don’t even understand what it takes to do this kind of work. And, many people don’t understand the laws and regulations that make small farming almost impossible. The odds are stacked so high against most farmers. To me, it is important for community members to engage farmers and be in dialogue… It is imperative that people learn to discern the quality of food on their own…and develop trusting relationships with farmers when you can.

  39. Diane Vigil

    Point taken. I do understand.

    However, while it’s easy to take someone’s side, one would perhaps be doing so without knowing the actual facts.

    Again, my point, is that, however good it might be to oversee someone else’s operations (and here, we’re only talking about milk, not all food-producing operations), I’m wondering where we’re supposed to get the time to do so — at least, to do so effectively. Most of us work, and haven’t the time to study enough to truly determine best practices for any particular type of food production, let alone to seek out each of the food producers to attempt in the smallest way to ascertain what they might be doing, let alone whether it’s correct. I understand your point, but don’t know what solution you might be proposing to what is likely to be an extremely time-consuming and ongoing endeavor for the consumer? While one can certainly ask, would disseminating that information not be a job for the farmer?

    However, a few people made comments in this dialogue and only spoke to a 2nd party.

    Okay. However, there are nearly 40 comments on this thread, so I’m not sure which of the comments you were talking about, and I’d hate to spend the time reviewing each of them to guess as which you meant, then formulate a reply, only to learn I’d guessed wrong. Can you point them out?

  40. MICHAEL B.


  41. Diane Vigil

    Okay. On another note, please bear in mind that, on the Internet, writing in ALL CAPS is not only hard to read, but is considered to be SHOUTING. Not sure you mean to shout at us, but …

  42. Mira

    I really hate to say this but my family just purchased milk from this farm and I’m think it was tainted. I realize this is a heavy allegation and I’m super shocked but I’m trying to figure out how to proceed. We drove home Saturday night, bought some and drank a few glasses and went to bed (we were on a road trip so all we had in the car were some pre packaged organic chips and bananas, apples, carrots and grapes so I know our foods eaten that day were not highly suseptible to deadly bacteria, but I am happy to be wrong about the milk being tainted). I experienced terrible irritability and anxiety (super odd symptoms?) but my husband experienced severe stomach upset and dysentery the entire night. Fortunately my 1yr old is still nursing and foesnt drink cows milk yet. We haven’t drank anymore for fear of getting sick so I will be making it into yogurt. Anyone know if it is possible to culture it into yogurt/cheese without pasturizing it first and still kill off harmful pathogens? I am very pro raw milk but this weekend gave me quite the scare. If I have to pasteurize it and make it into yogurt, I’m better off just buying organic milk and adding culture (cheaper and know its not being fed GMO grains) right? Anyone know of a way to test each gallon of milk for pathogens before consumption?

  43. Diane Vigil

    Mira, if you have any concern that the milk you bought was tainted/bad/whatever, I would dump all of it. It’s always possible that you got a bad batch. Don’t try to make it into something else — just throw it away. Your health (and the lack of possibly feeling ill for a few days) are worth more than the few dollars this cost.

    I’ve been a huge proponent of raw milk too. That said, since I can’t know how any particular farm deals with its raw milk (not being there on the farm myself) and thus how clean it is, or how clean the procedure is, nor how cold the milk was kept, etc. — so it’s become difficult for me to recommend raw milk. We’d be kind of recommending in any information vacuum.

  44. Diane Vigil

    P.S. We always keep a bottle or two of acidophilus around. Not only is it good for your digestive system, but any time we eat something that feels (after consuming it) a bit “off” … or the few times we’ve gotten food poisoning from purchased food … the acidophilus helps immensely.

    We even take it with us on road trips. :)

  45. Mira

    Thanks Diane for your quick reply! Yes, I agree about dumping the milk. :( I just hate the idea of throwing away 2 gallons of milk! Being a nursing mom myself, I know how much energy goes into lactating and I hate for it to go to waste! Lol! Alas, you are right. The milk will safely be poured down the drain. Guess I will just have to buy a family cow so I can be more certain of its integrity. Small family farms are the way to go anyway right? Plus, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I don’t know my farmers very well. I haven’t touted their farms/facilities and just read their websites instead. I loved it when we did a workers share at a CSA in Wisconsin and you get to intimately see your food grown and harvested. Youre so right, I need to get closer to the source of my food. Thanks for such an informative thread! And great tip on the probiotics for traveling!

  46. Diane Vigil

    You’re very welcome, Mira. If you decide to go into the small family farm thing, let us know how it goes.

  47. Jim

    I am really baffled by this statement:

    “If you read on a label for Organic milk that it has been pasteurized, it is NOT organic milk.”

    If I go buy some raw organic milk that hasn’t been pasteurized, then I heat it in a water bath for 8 hours at 132F, it will now be pasteurized. I would also say it is still organic because it still meets the following definition of organic.

    “Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods of organic farming — that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.”


    I believe your statement is wrong. In my scenario, the milk would no longer be considered unprocessed or raw but it would still be organic.


    Sorry to baffle you — you are correct, and this was a mix-up regarding raw milk that occurred during the writing, which we have now corrected above.
    ~ Editor

  48. Sheila

    Hi, ive enjoyed all the posts. I love raw milk, and today for the first time I made butter. After doing so I’ve decided I’d rather buy the butter than make it . Does anybody know where I can find a dairy farmer that will ship me raw, unpasteurized, unhomogenized, grass fed butter. .frozen? I sure hope someone can help me!

  49. Heather

    I know it has been a long time since people have posted most of this stuff but Kelly Cevallos (or anyone else that has information) if you see this I was wondering if you could email the name of who I can contact about getting raw milk. I have lots of allergies, some skin conditions, and fertility issues and I am hoping that this type of milk will help with that stuff. If someone could please help me my email address is
    Thank you for your help.

  50. Diane Vigil

    Hi Heather. Where to get raw milk will depend on where you’re located — as the sale of raw milk is not legal in all U.S. states, and there are legalities to transporting it across state lines (assuming you’re in the U.S.). Without knowing where you’re located, it will be difficult for anyone to list every location where raw milk is available.

    Probably your best bet would be the Raw Milk Finder:

    That, or you could use a search engine (e.g., Google, Yahoo) to locate a raw milk provider near you.

  51. Heather

    I am in the US. I am living in the Charlotte area. I have been looking around and am just a little overwhelmed with all the information. I have heard that it is illegal in North Carolina but what does that mean for me if I get caught with it?

  52. Courtney

    There is a creamery in Pelzer S.C. It is the Happy Cow creamer. They sell butter, milk, partner with other farmers that adhere to their own standards of raising animals, and producing food. There milk is wonderful. The last time I took the kids on a tour, they showed us the fields that the cows strictly ate from. They do a low pasteurization process, very low temp. Super cheap milk. He is totally against hormones and antibiotics.

  53. Brenda

    We drive to Greenville, South Carolina from North Carolina once a month to purchase Milky Way Farms raw milk. In my old age I have developed lactose intolerance but find that I can drink raw milk without any stomach upset. I also make butter and ice cream from this milk. I am so pleased to find raw milk and hope some day North Carolina lightens up on their regulations.

  54. Mischelle Sandowich

    Unfortunately, Milky Way Farms uses GMO grains. Until there are enough people willing to pay a higher price for the milk, they will have to continue using Genetically Modified grains.

  55. Marc

    Knowledge is power only when acted upon. Get educated.
    Milky Way Farms does indeed feed their cows commercial gain which contains GMO corn and soy.

    If you went to the grocery store and saw a sign that advertised GMO corn, would you purchase it? Most people would say ‘No’. Then why are people compromising purchasing and consuming raw milk that contains GMO ingredients. GMO’s are not fit for human consumption and
    have health risks. Do your research.

    Anyone desiring to locate truly totally pastured raw milk
    should contact the local WAPF chapter leader.

    Nothing tastes as good as vibrant health feels!

  56. Panala

    I know this is an old article but I am worried that you are recommending this farm. We used to buy milk from them when I couldn’t drive out to our normal dairy but have stopped because they are not organic. I called this farm and they give their cows GMO grains in the winter and told me “it is cost prohibitive to give them organic grains” You are an organic website so this surprises me that you recommend a farm that is not organic and is GMO.

  57. Diane Vigil

    Panala, thanks for your input.

  58. Daniele

    Thank you so much for posting this article and for all who contributed to the conversation. I am not Lactose intolerant, but i am sensitive. I have gut out as much GMO’s in my family’s diet as i can and we eat almost everything organic. We have a large garden which i can for the winter, we get our meat from our local farm, our eggs from another local neighbor, i get our breads from a baker in town and i was hoping to get milk from a dairy like i used to in Maine. We usually drink Stoneyfield Farms organic milk because i dont get that yucky build up in the back of my throat. I have always wanted to try raw milk but you cant get it in NC, so today when i was in SC i stopped at a store that i found carried it. I was so excited when i got home and instantly disappointed the second i took a swallow. As one other person pointed out, it was tasteless. Tasted like normal pasturized milk. My organic has a creamier flavor and thicker texture. I was pretty let down…. Then the yuck started in the back of my throat…. I knew they fed GMO something… Be it grain, corn or whatever. I found this post which confirmed it. Ill make butter from the cream and im thinking ill cook with this milk, but i dont think I’ll go back and buy from this farm again.

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