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Could anyone tell me, if you get your raw milk from the Amish community, what the quality is? I currently buy my milk from a local farmer. However, we are going to be moving <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> , which I am sad about. Anyways, it looks like there is a chance for me to get milk from the Amish where we will be moving to.<br><br>
I just wanted to see what the reviews are on Amish milk...<br><br>
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The milk from all the Amish farmers I've dealt with has been excellent. But I have no idea if that would translate to other Amish communities. If you're moving to the Lancaster, PA area, I can personally vouch for several of those farmers, er... at least five of them!
 

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The milk we get is from an Amish farmer in Indiana. It is exceptional. There's maybe a fifth or a fourth (sometimes) of a gallon of cream floating at the top. The milk is slightly yellowish and rich from all the grass. Oh, I love it!
 

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Tboroson,<br>
Can I pm you to ask if you know of one of the farms in particular?
 

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We live in PA and get ours from a menonite family. They are apart of a program though and we pay 10 dollars to become a member. They are very strict with how everything is run. If you feel unsure, I'm sure you could even ask to see their facility and everything etc.
 

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tbone, sure <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Could you tell me or PM me where in Indiana you get your milk from? I will be relocating to an area that is within driving distance of that state, so it may be feasible...<br><br>
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jamie79, I get my milk through a farm share with Family Farms Co-op out of Michigan. They deliver to the Chicago area, and their milk source is the Amish farmer David Hochstetler of Forest Grove Dairy in Indiana.<br><br>
Here is a link to the Family Farms Co-op. I think they can tell you about the Indiana farmer. You can write to Richard or Annette Hebron.<br><br><a href="http://www.familyfarmscoop.com/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.familyfarmscoop.com/index.html</a><br><br>
HTH,<br>
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Thanks so much, Laura!
 

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If I might ask, where in PA are you? I'm in south-central and would love to know what my options around here are. Thanks!
 

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I can vouch for the same Amish farmers that tboroson can. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> All of their dairy/meat products have been beyond excellent, relaly nice people too.<br><br>
Like Lauradbg said, all of the milk has about 1/4 gallon of thick, yellow cream at the top. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"><br><br>
A few of the Amish farmers have numerous drop off points in the 'burbs too.
 

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As I understand it, the safety of raw milk is very strongly connected to the hygiene and health practices of your specific farm. If you can visit the farm or talk to the farmer, I would want to ask how he cools the milk.<br><br>
Some Amish dairies use electricity (powered by diesel) and some simply put the milk cans into running stream water, which isn't quite as safe. I *think* that milk not cooled by machine has to be labeled grade B and sold for cheese, but I would want to know what kind of cooling and agitation machines they use.<br><br>
I gathered (from a recent book about the Amish I just finished) that there is a wide variety of machines used for milking, transporting the milk from cow to vat, cooling, and agitating. You want as few transitions between cow and vat as possible (more handoffs = greater possibility for less clean milk), and you want the milk to be cooled as quickly as possible. Quickly-cooled milk keeps for longer in your fridge before going sour, too.
 
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