Raw milk is milk that has been neither pasteurized nor homogenized. Mr. Wetzel and I want to drink raw milk from a local dairy for several reasons. We want milk from healthy cows that are well cared for. We want to support the local economy. We want fresh, tasty milk. We want the health benefits of drinking milk in its purest form.
For more technical information on raw milk, or to find leads on a dairy in your area, check out: Realmilk.com .
It is difficult to find a place to buy raw milk. Most small farmers who offer it don’t advertise very broadly, if at all. In order to find the farm where we now buy our milk, I asked around a lot until a lady who works at the CSA where we pick up our local veggies gave me the contact information for Meadowwood, LLC. This option works for us because it is only a 20 minute drive from where we meet for church on Sundays. Here are the options for milk I have found in my explorations for alternative milk options in the Tacoma, WA area:
Milk is sold in reusable glass jars. This is where Mr. Wetzel and I are now buying our milk. They offer a cowshare program which brings down the cost of the milk.
SEA BREEZE FARM
Sea Breeze Farm has delicious milk. The biggest problem for Tacoma residents? They are on Vashon Island, a ferry ride away. If you live in King county, you can buy from Sea Breeze Farm at a handful of farmers markets in the Seattle area.
CHRISTIPAUL FARM, LLC
in Gig Harbor
Contact Chris Schlicht at (253) 884 7840
I have yet to visit this farm, but I earnestly want to. ChristiPaul Farm’s greatest attraction for me is the fact that whenever you buy milk, you receive milk from only one cow. Their milks are not mixed. This is an overwhelmingly idealistic thought for me, taking real milk to another level.
MARLENE’S NATURAL FOODS
2951 S. 38th St.
Tacoma, WA 98409
Marlene’s carries two raw milk options: cow milk from the Dungeness Valley Creamery and goat milk from the St. John Creamery, both in Washington. While Marlene’s is the closest retail spot, the milk is noticeably less fresh and flavorful than the milks we have purchased directly from the farm. Given the choice between Marlene’s raw milk and Golden Glen Creamery’s, I opt for the latter.
GOLDEN GLEN CREAMERY
Available at Top Foods in Tacoma, or through Spud Seattle’s delivery system.
Milk from the Golden Glen Creamery is pasteurized, but it is not homogenized. They make a variety of dairy products, including cheeses, butter and cream top milk. We save our glass bottles from Golden Glen because they are easier to pour from than the glass jars our milk comes in from Meadowwood, LLC.
Do you have a raw milk testimonial? What resources for locating raw milk do you have to share?