As the leader of my local Weston A Price chapter, it’s my job to source quality food – including raw milk, cheese, pastured eggs and more. This is not a duty in my mind, but a pleasure and one I happily share with those local to me with a passion for real whole foods. For some time now I’ve hosted a raw milk pick up at my home for my local WAPF group members and others in the community that are interested. Just like the ‘old days’, I get to have the ‘milk man‘ come and deliver farm fresh milk to my door every week! Wanna know how I do it? Read on….
Organize a Coop
Since I live in Pennsylvania, finding raw milk is not a problem, however it can be a bit of a hike for those of us in the suburbs not near the hub of farms in the country. In Lancaster, Pa there are numerous farms that raise cows, laying hens to produce raw milk, cheeses, eggs as well as keep bees for raw honey. The prices are very affordable if you pick it up directly from the farm. However, it is far more expensive to buy in the nearby health food stores. Some of these farms are 45 minutes to an hour away. In an effort to keep the costs down, I organized a ‘coop’.
My dad, our ‘milk man‘, heads out to our farm once a week and picks up the order of milk, eggs, cheese, maple syrup and raw honey for our group. He brings it back to my home and one other home and everyone comes that day to pick up their purchases. Every other week, we get raw cream and raw butter from another farm about 15 minutes away from our main farmer for milk. Soon we will be adding meat to our pick up system, likely just once per month. It’s a fabulous system we’ve worked out and a great way to get our farm fresh milk and eggs at the best price possible. We get gallons of raw milk for $3.50 per gallon, $2.00 per half gallon and pastured eggs for $3 a dozen. You just can beat those prices!
We pay an extra percent to cover the travel costs (wear and tear on vehicle, gas) and supplies such as freezer packs/coolers etc. This is a not for profit operation -it is solely a cooperative effort to help our local community (I have not made one penny from this operation). Everyone is happy to do it because none of us have the time to make the weekly trip just to have our milk and eggs. It still ends up cheaper than anywhere we can buy it locally (this is one of the reasons I’m still able to buy fresh milk and eggs on a budget). It’s a win win!
I was able to extend this milk pick up first and foremost to the members in my local chapter. I then opened it up to my local community through another trade/swap/share group. Anyone in the group is welcome to invite folks that would be interested. So far we have about 27 members, not all of which order weekly, but most do. We’ve got our system down so it is not too time consuming for me as the facilitator. Every Friday after the pick up, I send out a new spreadsheet and folks have until noon the following Tuesday to place their orders. I then close the spreadsheet for orders and call the farmers to place our order so they can have it ready on Friday. I have a large basement and an extra freezer, so I’m able to store the freezer packs and coolers without any burden on my family.
In the summer we can get a bit more produce raised organically for pretty cheap as well. Keep in mind, I live in a more urban area where most people don’t have the space or the time to grow their own gardens -so we are grateful to live outside the Lancaster area where farms are abundant. We have been doing this for well over a year now and it has been such a huge blessing to be able to get these farm fresh products delivered right to my door weekly.
Health Benefits of Fresh Milk
A little bio on my family’s lead into consuming raw milk. I initially raised my first son as a vegetarian (not the best idea I ever had), probably for the first year and a half of his life. He was born 3 1/2 weeks early and I had a lot of trouble getting him to breast feed. So I pumped my breast milk and was only able to do that for about 4 months. That led me to search for, unfortunately, a formula that would be suitable for him (is that even possible, don’t get me started!). Since I am ‘lactose intolerant’ I believed that he would have a hard time as well, and rather reluctantly began him on a milk formula which he did not seem to tolerate well. Needless to say, I had a lot of trouble with him as an infant and unfortunately went down the route of giving him soy everything (read here why soy is so bad).
Years later I attempted to get him back on to whole milk dairy and he seemed to somewhat tolerate it, but never fully. He had a lot of digestive issues that never seemed to get better. However, when I finally introduced him to raw milk, when he was 10 (so 5 years ago now), he was able to drink it with no problems. Not to mention he really loved the milk and was grateful to have it, it was wonderfully satiating for him. I will also note that at the time, his teeth were coming in slowly and were very misaligned and crooked, he also used to suffer with severe stuffiness. After a full year or more of regularly drinking plenty of raw milk, his teeth are straight and beautiful, and he no longer gets stuffy like he did. If he does get congested it is very minor. To me this is a big deal considering all the years of discomfort he went through, had I known what I do now about raw milk back then I would have done whatever I had to to get my hands on raw milk for him. And that’s why I created this milk cooperative -to benefit the health of my children!
The benefits are profound indeed. It’s ashame we’ve come so far from nature in how we’ve consumed, processed one of nature’s most perfect foods in the past 50 or more years. Fresh milk contains amazing properties; Vitamin C, B complex, A, CLA, enzymes and calcium -something no one is getting from the store bought pasteurized milk. I’ve written more about the health benefits of fresh unpasteurized milk in the past in this post, Raw Milk.Make sure you check that post out and if you can find the time watch the video of Mark McAfee, Baby I Like It Raw. I also have a wonderful guest post written by my friend Ann, A Case For Real Milk.
Find Your Local Weston A. Price Chapter HERE – Contact the leader closest to you if you need to source fresh milk, pastured eggs, grass fed meats and more!
How about you? Are you able to get farm fresh milk? Do you belong to your local Weston A. Price Chapter? Do you organize a milk pick up for folks local to you? I want to hear from you……share in the comments.
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Lydia Joy Shatney is a certified Nutritional Therapist Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. Additionally, she is the chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation in Delaware County, Pa. (Find the group here on Facebook). Lydia is also a member of the Nourished Living Network. Lydia founded Divine Health From The Inside Out in March of 2010. You can find Lydia on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest. Sign up for the Divine Health From The Inside Out newsletter! Pick up a copy of Lydia’s eBook; ‘Divine Dinners: Gluten-Free, Nourishing, Family-Friendly Meals’.
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