Ok, so after a couple long-winded posts I know you’re sitting there saying, “I don’t care anymore! Just tell me where I can even find raw milk so I can go try it myself!” Well…fine…I guess I’ll give you all the contacts. In Texas we’re very blessed to have several very good dairies offering raw milk. Especially around the metroplex, we have awesome options on every side of us.
One of the best places to get anything organic and this includes raw milk is through Monica Brown’s Co-op. I’ve mentioned them before and it probably sounds like I get commission or something, but I don’t…they’re just the most convenient, easiest way to get all this stuff because they’ve already done all the leg work for us. So if you contact them, they can get you milk on their co-op. I’m drinking their raw milk they get from All-Natural and it is incredible so you might start here.
Another farm that we (Cindy and I and some of our friends) have toured is Lavon Farms in Plano. They milk about 200 different cows and do a great job with their facility. All of their cattle are 100% pasture and grass-fed except for minimal grain while actually milking them so the milk is really good quality. Their staff are very informed and helpful and they have a store on the premises that you can go pick up milk or other products if you are in the area. They are partners in Lucky Layla Farms which is the company that makes their drinkable yogurt.
Another farm offering raw Jersey milk in the metroplex is in Decatur called Diamond B Cattle Company. This farm is owned and operated by Clifford and Cheryl Buchanan. Several of our patients buy from them and have been really pleased with the quality of the milk.
If you are more in the mood for raw goats milk, then I totally recommend Homestead Farms in Keller. They carry raw goats milk and other goat milk products. Many times the goats milk is easier on sensitive stomachs and with children who cannot nurse or who have stomach problems. There’s a great blogpost on the difference in cow and goat milk here if you’re interested. We have a goats milk formula recipe at our office for those who are interested, just contact our staff.
There are other really good options for finding raw dairy for your family, but these are the ones I am personally familiar with so I won’t speak to the others. You can go to the Real Milk website and look through their site to find other dairies offering raw in our area and in other parts of the state and around the country.
One thing I didn’t really talk about was the dairy allergy people have and reactions to dairy. So what if you have problems handling milk and cheese and are concerned about even trying the raw for fear of having another bad reaction? Especially because it is more expensive than store-bought milk. Well, there are two reasons raw milk you are going to buy should not give you the same problems as the store-bought pasteurized milk you are currently using.
1. The raw milk (cow) that you are going to get around the metroplex is produced from Jersey and Guernsey cows. Milk you buy in the store is traditionally produced from Holstein cows. So what’s the difference? Well, it’s in the type of protein that either cow produces. The Holstein cows that you buy at Wal-mart have a protein called an A-1 protein. This is the protein that is responsible for most people who have “problems” digesting the milk. If you drink milk and you get a real phlegmy, congested feeling, this is most likely the culprit. There has been alot of studies on why this happened and where it came from. Jersey cows and Guernsey cows produce a protein called A2 protein. This protein does not cause the same effects as the A1. I decided to try this out on myself (something Cindy and I do alot to make sure what we’re recommending to you guys is actually valid) because I react to regular dairy and have issues with it. So I had Cindy buy a couple gallons of raw milk, one from 2 different dairies, both A2 milk and I started drinking it….a lot of it…..and NO PROBLEMS AT ALL!! I have not so much as had one ounce of phlegm from it. So you should try it an see if it helps yours. Now there are some people who genuinely cannot drink dairy of any kind, although very rare, but you guys are out there so if that’s you then you’ll have to get your fats and proteins from other sources. Goats milk is also A2 milk so that, plus the fact that the proteins are much smaller and easier for your body to assimilate, makes it a great option for your family. You can read more about the A1 vs A2 milks on Michael Schmidt’s blog here and on Mercola’s website here. There is also a book written by Dr. Keith Woodford about the proteins called “Devil in the Milk” you can read more about it there as well.
Phew….I’m whipped! That’s a ton of info on dairy and the Do’s and Don’ts and the Where’s about it. If you have any other questions, please contact me at the office, but go do your own research. Don’t just take everything I say at face value, go check it out for yourself. A great book that is really intensive on the topic is The Untold Story of Milk Another great resource is your local Westin A. Price foundation. I’d highly encourage everyone to become a member. This is the group that is lobbying for our rights to have raw milk and the people who are making it possible for us to have choices with our food. Great organization.
That about sums up the milk issue. We’ll talk about it some more I’m sure, but this will give you something to “chew the cud” on!