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How much is your raw milk?

post #1 of 63
Thread Starter 
So I am making the switch from organic cream top milk (Straus) to raw milk (Claravale). I haven't had a chance to try the raw milk yet, still finishing up the other stuff.

But, raw milk is really expensive! One quart is $4.19, the other milk I was buying was $3.69 for half a gallon. Is this common or is raw milk just really expensive where I am?
post #2 of 63
We pay $5 a gallon for our raw milk. It is very rich, being from Guernsey cows, almost a quarter cream. We love it!
post #3 of 63
I'm about to start paying $8. A gal of OV is $6 here, conventional milk.. about $3 i think.
post #4 of 63
I think we pay $6 a gallon, but that seems cheap to me.
post #5 of 63
Thread Starter 
Okay so I'm not crazy to think this is a little expensive? It works out to be over $12 a gallon.
post #6 of 63
Can you get it in a gallon size? Usually, the larger containers are less expensive. Here, it is $3.50 for half gallon, $6.50 for a gallon, plus 15% delivery surcharge.
post #7 of 63
Here in VT we pay the farmer between $4-$8 a gallon for raw milk.
post #8 of 63
Not sure how much for local raw cow milk.
We use goat milk. Local price varies from $6-16 per gallon.
post #9 of 63
Thread Starter 
Well, I buy it at the Natural Foods Co-Op. I think they sell one other kind of raw milk but it comes in plastic, I will have to check out the price on that one. The kind I bought comes in glass and only the quart size. You pay a $1.50 bottle deposit (not included in the price of the milk) but then you bring the bottles back and you get a credit. I really prefer to get the kind in glass because plastic milk jugs seem so wasteful if you don't have to use them.

I think I remember checking out the price on the other kind before and it was something like $7.69 for a half gallon but that was a few months ago.
post #10 of 63
$20 per gallon in Southern California: Organic Pastures grass-fed raw milk which can be purchased in stores. I'm not sure, but maybe those in Northern California might have access to local farms for cheaper raw milk, but here in Southern California there aren't any local farms producing raw milk.

I just noticed the OP is in Northern California. Claravale is the only other raw milk they sell in the stores here. However, they feed their cows grains. Organic Pastures cows are grass-fed.
post #11 of 63
It really depends on where you live and the farmer. I personally pay $7 gallon but the other farms around here charge $10-$12 gallon.
post #12 of 63
Thread Starter 
I will have to check out organic pastures next time, I think that is what I saw last time in the half gallon plastic.

Man, I really don't want to give up my glass bottles
post #13 of 63
Here in VA we have to do a cow share, which costs $35/month for a gallon a week. So it's less than $10. But then I have to pay for delivery, which is $2.50/week, so I end up paying $45/month, or $11.25 each.
post #14 of 63
I pay $6 a gallon (mid-atlantic; east coast).
post #15 of 63
If I buy it illegally, 6-8 dollars a gallon, if I joined the cow share program it would be $17 a gallon (I think), if I buy it in WA and bring it across it's 9.00 usd a gallon
post #16 of 63
Both Claravale & Organic Pastures will work with you if you want to set up a co-op. There are minimums & you need an organizer & a host. A co-op doesn't make it inexpensive, but it does make it more affordable. If you have a local WAPF chapter, that's a good place to start looking for interest.
post #17 of 63
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Originally Posted by ThereseReich View Post
I just noticed the OP is in Northern California. Claravale is the only other raw milk they sell in the stores here. However, they feed their cows grains. Organic Pastures cows are grass-fed.
I hate to disillusion you, but Organic Pastures cows are also fed some grain. They are on pasture all the time, and can presumably eat as much grass as they want, but they are supplemented with alfalfa hay and grain. They probably use far less grain than a place where the cows don't have that much access to green pasture, but they are not 100% grassfed. I know the label says 100% pastured (or something like that), which I find a bit deceptive. It's great milk, (so is Claravale), but unless something has changed in the past year or so, 100% grassfed it is not.

OP, yes, it mostly is just CA where raw milk is so expensive. A lot of that has to do with the regulatory environment here. The state requires things of raw milk producers that other states do not, like the more high-tech kinds of milking and bottling procedures and equipment (hand-bottling is forbidden, for instance). Distribution costs are part if it as well, I'm sure. There are only 2 legal raw dairies in the whole state, and almost all of their milk is trucked to retail outlets, wherein lies another cost increase (retail mark-up). We do not have the legal option that exists in some states, where farmers milking a few cows can sell raw milk they bottle by hand, directly from the farm or at farmer's markets. In some areas pasture grows more readily without as much input of irrigation water as is required here in CA. Feed costs (hay and grain) are higher here than in some other areas, also. And since it's illegal here for someone with a family cow or two, or even a small herd, to sell milk at all, there's virtually no competition in the raw milk market.
post #18 of 63
Here in WI we're pretty lucky. We pay about $3.50 a gallon. We also had to purchase a cow share which was $25. We are part of a driving co-op, because the farm is 50 miles away, so that cuts down on time and how much gas we would use. we only have to drive there every 4 or 5 weeks.
post #19 of 63
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Originally Posted by AJP View Post
I know the label says 100% pastured (or something like that), which I find a bit deceptive. It's great milk, (so is Claravale), but unless something has changed in the past year or so, 100% grassfed it is not.
I find it deceptive too. "Organic Pastures produces Grade A, 100% pasture grazed raw milk of super premium quality," says their web site (and yeah the label says that too). I examined their web site in the past and I just checked again now, and I didn't find anything about them feeding the cows grain. However, when I checked Claravale's web site in the past, they indicated that they feed the cows grain. So I've assumed these past couple of years that Organic Pastures is better than Claravale. But in reality, is Claravale also "100% pasture grazed" too, so its quality is just about the same as Organic Pastures?
post #20 of 63
4 dollars a gallon is what I pay here in NEPA.
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