Meet Me Behind the Barn…
Pure Raw Milk for Sale
Over the years, finding a pure, wholesome source for raw milk products was pretty much impossible.
Let’s face it, the sale of raw milk is strictly regulated, and if you want whole raw milk or whole raw milk products , you had to know a local farmer who was willing to sell them to you. But all of that is changing. With all the clamor associated with the consumption of raw milk, you may conjure up images of clandestine meetings happening out behind the old barn. What is all the fuss about? First, let’s talk about what makes raw milk good for us.
If raw milk is fed to the calf and the calf grows and thrives on the nutrition of the raw milk, how much benefit can we receive? Here is a list of beneficial ingredients that we can find in raw milk:
- Raw milk contains eight essential amino acids, as well as caseins, whey proteins, enzymes and enzyme inhibitors, antibodies, metal-binding proteins, and a plethora of other specialized proteins that not only are beneficial to us, but for the calf that it was designed to feed.
- Raw milk contains simple sugars such as glucose, galactose, lactose that do very well in providing needed energy.
- Saturated fats play key roles in our bodies functions; from construction of cell membranes to providing energy storage and padding for delicate organs.
- Raw milk contains not just one or two, but all of them.
- In addition to many trace minerals, Raw milk contains calcium. It being one of the most important minerals needed for many of our body’s functions.
- Yes, bacteria! These healthy beneficial digestive helpers live in our gut and help us break down the things we consume.
- It might be perceived as a bad thing these days, but it is a natural, normal substance we need for our brain, liver, nerves, blood, bile, and every cell membrane. Cholesterol is the protective repair substance our bodies need and can make.
And if we think that there is anything in the milk that is harmful to us, we can always pasteurize it, right? But really, if we harvest it and store it properly, it can remain the healthy, delicate, life-affirming liquid that it is meant to be.
There’s something to be said about the popular health movement we see today. With natural grocery chains cropping up and local farmer’s markets gaining attention and popularity, and the rise in demand for organic and non-GMO foods, we as the general public, are becoming more informed and educated and are able to make wise and informed decisions based on the knowledge we have gained and the experiences of the past. We all can readily tell the difference between fresh home-grown produce and produce grown commercially.
While government oversight is great in protecting the general population and prosecuting those who violate these rules, we also as a free society should have the right to choose what food we eat. At Finney Farm, we also use a holistic approach to dairying. We can curtail the spread of disease with special attention to animal care through health and nutrition. Proper refrigeration, sanitization, and cleanliness in addition to regular laboratory testing are standard procedures at Finney Farm.
We all know that U.S President Abraham Lincoln was raised on a family farm. But, when he was nine years old, he lost his mother. She died from what is known as milk sickness. That was in 1818. But did you know that it was not until 1928 that the cause of milk sickness was identified? The cause was the cattle feeding on a toxic plant called white snakeroot. Pasteurization had no effect on the poison. During this age, many people died because of a lack of knowledge and understanding about what causes sickness and death. Those who are most at risk of illness are those with weakened or immature immune systems.
At Finney Farm, we understand what we all face when we try to provide our families with healthy and wholesome foods. So, we dedicated ourselves to producing only the best State Certified Grade A raw milk and cheese. We also want our customers to be well informed. So, what avenues for outbreaks are there, and what can be done to prevent them? This can all be solved with the proper care and handling in the production of quality raw milk.
Consider these points:
- The possibility of getting infected from a pathogen from raw milk or cheese is real. Strains of pathogens such as Tuberculosis, E. Coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Yersinia, and Brucella can all be introduced if the milk is handled carelessly, or inadequately stored. Finney Farm recognizes that in some cases, pasteurization is the proper and necessary solution. For example, if one of our cows does become ill, we still must milk her. With our in-house pasteurizer, we can utilize this milk to make other products.
- Viral infections can follow the same channels that bacteria can spread, and with that we can see symptoms follow sometimes weeks after infection. Infections from viruses such as Hepatitis, and Influenza can be prevented by vaccination, good hygiene, and sanitation.
- Parasites such as Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and Trichinella infections follow the fecal to oral route when the cyst is ingested. Eating the products of the animal or the animal itself are the leading cause of infection. Tests and treatments can be regularly performed to prevent their spread.
- Many recent public outbreaks have been traced to industrial distribution. In 2008 a scandal was uncovered where milk was diluted with water and melamine and urea was added to fool the test for protein content. In 1955 a Japanese milk producer accidentally mixed arsenic into powdered milk. These types of outbreaks though rare, highlight the need for closer scrutiny products widely distributed should undergo strict regulations before distribution. We see that recalls are becoming more common nowadays, which is a result strict testing and monitoring. These same procedures can be implemented at a small scale with the same benefits and without the risks associated with wide distribution. We recognize in today’s society, there is a contest between quality and quantity, but with small dairies like Finney Farm, we are focused on quality, and we only produce the healthiest dairy products for our neighborhood market.
For the past couple of years, Finney Farm has been in the dairy business selling Certified Grade A raw milk from our herd of Brown Swiss dairy cows. We have made a point in making healthy, wholesome, raw milk and cheeses available to the public, and are continually making efforts to improve our process and delivery.
In compliance with the laws, we have been Grade A certified and have successfully opened two outlets for the sale of raw milk and cheeses to the general public. We appreciate all of you who have been coming regularly to enjoy our home-grown products!
New Utah Law
As a result of the consistent efforts of a couple of dedicated supporters, Utah SB 108 was signed into law by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. Finney Farm is excited about the new opportunity that has been opened up for us to be able to bring our healthy, wholesome dairy products closer to you, our loyal customers! The new Utah law states that in addition to the current law regulating the sales of raw food products, we now are able to offer our products from a mobile refrigerated unit. We already have our current delivery equipment which services our outlets, and soon we will be providing direct service from our delivery truck, just like the milkman of the good old days, but with strict attention to modern preservation techniques.
The passage of this bill brings new opportunity to you the intelligent consumer. The ability to buy wholesome dairy products direct from the producer allows everyone more freedom, and more choice! And we will continue to offer the best whole milk products. So, we hope to see you around! …but not necessarily behind the barn!