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Bettynh BS: Silly kitchen problem (23) RE: BS: Silly kitchen problem 23 Jul 13

I've been driving to a farm for milk for a long time. In the 70s, the farmwife bottled milk from the farm's tank, the rest going off to a collective for processing. So that was unhomogenized raw milk. Massachusetts allows raw milk to be sold at the farm only. These days at another farm I can buy homogenized or unhomogenized milk but it's all pasteurized. There's no guarantee on butterfat content, but even the homogenized milk develops a ring of cream at the top. They don't sell unprocessed milk off the farm - they make ice cream in quantity and still conduct milk deliveries in a small area. The current fashion for local and raw food has made them quite popular, though the farm refuses to sell raw milk. The biggest problem for them at the moment is the glass bottles. For now, the deposit on a quart bottle is almost as much as the cost of the milk within. That's fine for me - I return the same number of bottles that I buy each trip (usually about every 2 weeks). They've begun bottling half-gallons in plastic recently. I hope they can hold out with the glass bottles for awhile. They've also begun labelling some of their milk organic. This means, I think, that they separate out milk from animals that haven't received antibiotics or hormones in feed or any other way. They grow their own hay, presumably without chemicals, so that could be called "organic" anyway and have pledged never to administer hormones,but what about animals treated for sickness? It gets complex. Recently they've also offered pork and beef in small, rather pricy frozen packages. More cash for them, and I can at least have a hamburger once in awhile feeling safe since the source is identifiable and small. Next, I hope, chickens.

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