For several years I have purchased milk from a local dairy, Happy Cow Creamery, located about 20 minutes from my house. Mr Trantham feeds his cows …GRASS. Wow! The milk from Happy Cow is pasteurized but is not homogenized, so the cream sits on the top of the milk. You just give it a little shake before you open the lid and all is well with the milk.
This milk is easily the best milk I have ever had which isn’t tough considering, as a child of the 70s, we were all led to believe that the fat in the milk was the enemy. They, whoever “they” are, decided that people should only drink highly processed skim milk. Which I dutifully did for most of my life.
Until I had kids. And learned about hormones and processing. And was told that kids should only drink whole milk for a year after they switched off of breast milk. The reasoning was, the kids need the milk fat for brain development. Well I could use some milk fat if it would help with brain development! And besides, I wasn’t willing to buy two different types of milk. I am lazy …er practical …like that.
My son, who is 7, hates grocery store milk (if we have to buy it in a pinch) and calls it “water milk.” Happy Cow only comes in whole milk. Which I have drank for at least 7 years now. Every day. And guess what? I haven’t gotten fat and my bloodwork is fine. So it seems like “they” were wrong.
This morning I took my dog for a drive and decided to stop in at Happy Cow to pick up some milk since we go through about 4 gallons a week at my house. Imagine what my milk bill will be when my son becomes a teenager! I need to start saving now!
I was hoping they had some strawberries to pick as well since I am itching to start canning …but the cold weather the past couple of days hasn’t helped the strawberry cause. I love the strawberries at Happy Cow because they aren’t sprayed. You can eat them right out of the field which is great when you have kids (or adults) because my kids just can’t help themselves!
But, I did pick up three gallons of milk and a half gallon of buttermilk. And a cheese making kit, which I am excited about trying out. And this beautiful book by Mary McLeod Smith called The Happy Cows. The book is a story of Mr Trantham and his cows. All of the illustrations in the book are oil paintings by the artist.
I love being able to feed my family healthy food. And I really love being able to support local families and businesses at the same time. Do your part. Go out and learn about a local farm and support their hard work. They are the backbone of our healthy food supply!