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Old 07-26-2009, 08:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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After reading Nina Planck's Real Food I've switched to unhomogenized whole milk. As we know, unpasteurized is not an option in the grocery store, and I'm not ready to drive ##s of miles to buy a half gallon a week of raw milk

So, my question is, what is your favorite brand of grocery-store available, organic, unhomogenized milk?

I had been drinking Cedar Summit, but my usual store was out so I went elsewhere and tried Crystal Ball Farms. There is a big difference in taste. The Cedar Summit tastes a little grassy, which is I assume because the cows are grass-fed, which is desirable. The Crystal Ball Farms one was sweeter and had less cream on top. I wonder if their cows are grass-fed or maybe not?

What have been your experiences with real milk?

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You don't have to drive out to farms to get real milk, a lot of them do drop-offs at people's houses in the Cities. Go the Traditional Foods MN Yahoo group to find out more about it. I get mine for about $5/gallon.

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The only unhomogenized I've had is Cedar Summit. I don't know what grass tastes like so I guess i wouldn't know if it tastes grassy LOL. I do like it a lot and prefer it over regular organic milk.

I thought all cows on a natural diet were grass-fed...?

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What stores have unhomogenized milk?
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What stores have unhomogenized milk?
Ones I know for sure: Lunds, Byerlys, Fresh & Natural in Plymouth

Surprisingly Trader Joe's does not! At least not the one in Maple Grove.

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You don't have to drive out to farms to get real milk, a lot of them do drop-offs at people's houses in the Cities. Go the Traditional Foods MN Yahoo group to find out more about it. I get mine for about $5/gallon.

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group...portRows&tbl=8
Awesome! Thanks for the info!

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The only unhomogenized I've had is Cedar Summit. I don't know what grass tastes like so I guess i wouldn't know if it tastes grassy LOL. I do like it a lot and prefer it over regular organic milk.
Haha. DH said he thinks it tastes "farmy"

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I thought all cows on a natural diet were grass-fed...?
The bottle on Crystal Ball Farms says organic - I would think their site would "brag" about grass-feeding if they did it...or maybe it's a given.

Not a huge deal, I was just curious.

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What stores have unhomogenized milk?
where are you located? any whole foods or a coop will have it for sure.
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Blackstar. I get it at The Wedge.
Small, local dairy farm. Not organic but is hormone free. Tastes great! Reasonably priced. Right now it is on sale for $3.99 a gallon.

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I know I usually get Crystal Ball farms 1/2 and 1/2 at our local co-op, because it's the only non-homogenized 1/2 and 1/2 I can find all the time. But I looked them up and was surprised that in the various descriptions I've read about their milk it doesn't mention anything about the cows being pastured. Which I was really disappointed to read. So, I've decided while I can get it, I'm going to start buying 1/2 and 1/2 at our local farmers market, because I know for sure it's grass fed.

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I get my real milk from a drop off site near my house... you do not have to drive to the farm to get it. The twin cities ROCKS for trad foodies!
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You can be organic and not Pastured. All organic products are not created equal!

Most dairy farms still rely heavily on grains and silage to keep the milk production up, so they don't have the acreage to be able to pasture the animals daily and produce feed as well. If you have grass-fed milk from MN, or anywhere in the midwest for that matter, it will have a stronger "grass" taste in the summer vs the winter when the animals get mostly dried grasses. That is if the farm is mainly pasture based! The milk also has a "stronger" taste in transition seasons... spring and late fall when the animals are switching to dried grasses after pasture season or back to pasture after winter.

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I've been drinking Cedar Summit Farm milk for the last couple months after I just discovered it. It tastes GREAT and I feel a lot better after drinking this than homogenized organic milk (I bought Organic Valley or trader joe's brand before). I get the whole milk, and we go through it like crazy b/c I like it so much! i get it from the NE Minneapolis Coop...forgot their name..it's priced well, about $3.50 for half gallon (in the carton, the glass ones are probably cheaper if you have a bottle to deposit). I haven't tried any other non homogenized milks and haven't even tried raw milk (would love to but just can't find any that I can easily get to/pick up). I also read a study that they compared the level of CLA in Cedar Summit to other organic milks, and their levels of CLA is sooo much higher, so healthier.
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Crystal Ball does in fact pasture their cows. They are one of the top-rated organic dairies in the country.....

http://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/index.html
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Crystal Ball does in fact pasture their cows. They are one of the top-rated organic dairies in the country.....

http://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/index.html
What a great resource, thanks for sharing!

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