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Just so everyone's aware, I found some pastured butter at Whole Foods yesterday when I went to grab some butter and kombucha. It's Organic Valley and it's in an eight ounce, silver foiled brick like cream cheese normally looks. It's marketed as "Limited Edition" or whatever. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
It was $3.36 here each, and I bought three- all they had. I tried it this morning on some eggs and it was SO SO good. Probably the best butter I've had, but then, I can't really get raw around here.<br><br>
So if you can't find raw butter, you could at least by the yummy pastured stuff. Until the limited edition runs out that is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I have seen it in several stores where I live. I make my own butter so don't use it. I have also only seen it salted.
 

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I think I've seen it too--in the green foil, right? It said on it something about only being available between May and September, but it's March!?? So, I don't get it.<br><br>
Also, it made me wonder about the regular Organic Valley cultured butter. Is that stuff NOT pastured at all then? Their regular butter is from cows fed nothing but grains???<br><br>
Did the pastured OV taste better than the cultured OV?
 

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oh... it sound so so good! Better go to WF ASAP! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:
 

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I saw it today, but all I could think (like pp) was I thought I was spending more for their other butter because it was pastured, albeit not raw<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Somedays TF gives me a headache - all these things I never thought about before...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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That's not the same as their "European Style Cultured" in a gold foil wrapper, is it? I could never figure out what made it different from their regular cultured butter? The culture is European or what? Haha.
 

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As a general rule, probably not. Organic Valley is a cooperative of farmers and so it would largely depend on the farmer. It's certainly possible that some individual farmers do pasture their animals in the sense that we would appreciate, but I would consider them the exception rather than the rule.<br><br>
We have to remember here that there are many farmers who get into organics because they can make more money, not because of any grand princple. Who can blame them really with the abismal amounts they're paid and the large amounts that the food conglomerates make from their hard work....but that generally means that there's a lot more folks abiding by the letter of the law rather than the spirit of the law.<br><br>
OV did get a four cow rating from the Cornucopia Institute, but my understanding is that they are rating farmers based upon the organic standards which do not require the animals to be pastured like one would think.<br><br>
From what I can remember from the last time we bought OV's butter it was just as pale in color as your average supermarket variety.<br><br>
Plus, if the chickens I've seen from an OV member farm are an indication of the norm (beaks clipped and missing large numbers of feathers - very sickly looking birds) it's more likely not pastured like we'd define it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Plus, if the chickens I've seen from an OV member farm are an indication of the norm (beaks clipped and missing large numbers of feathers - very sickly looking birds) it's more likely not pastured like we'd define it.</div>
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Why did you have to burst my bubble? These were the best eggs I can get (without paying $14 per dozen to have pastured eggs shipped to me). What has this world come to?
 

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"These were the best eggs I can get (without paying $14 per dozen to have pastured eggs shipped to me)."<br><br>
nicolelynn, is there a farmer's market near you? We get our eggs there, for $4.50 a flat (2.5 dozen), and they are definitely from yardbirds who eat lots of yummy bugs, because the yolks are nice and orange.
 

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Why did you have to burst my bubble? These were the best eggs I can get (without paying $14 per dozen to have pastured eggs shipped to me). What has this world come to?</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I'm sorry! That doesn't mean that every farmer treats them that way - remember they're a cooperative of farmers so there is going to be a broad range of farms w/in the larger group.<br><br>
Blame it on the organic standards - organic many times can just mean that they're fed organic feed.
 
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