Monday Runday! Monday Milk Day! That’s what we call it around here.
As I entered the milk shed of the farm where we get our raw jersey milk, an older gentleman who was purchasing eggs made small talk and asked how long I have been coming for milk. I answered and he said then I guess you aren’t scared to drink raw milk?
His question kept repeating in my head. I should have said, I am more afraid to eat the food on the shelves of a grocery store.
Why is it that so many people I talk to are scared to drink the most purest form of milk, but they will eat factory made and genetically engineered food from the store? Think about that and let it set in. Hmmm???
God knew what he was doing when he created the world and everything in it for our nourishment.
I won’t lie, I was a skeptic at first. I grew up on Swiss 2% from the grocery store and when I met Brook, his family drank raw milk. Soon after we were married his mom showed me the ropes down at the dairy where she purchased directly from the farmer. She showed me how to attach the hose to the tank and how to clean up after I was finished pouring my warm milk into my glass jar. Since then we have experimented with various dairies in our area. I am making progress with owning our own cow. Eh hem! Brook finally gave in to a goat which I never thought would happen. For now we found a Jersey farm we love. I miss getting the warm fresh milk from the tank, but the cream line on this milk is so different from Holstein milk.
If you are one who shies away from milk because of how it makes you feel, it may be because of the over processed form that is sold to us in the grocery store. When milk is pasturized, all the beneficial nutrients have been heated and killed. Synthetic ingredients have been added to give it flavor, texture, and thickness. These can have harmful inflammatory effects on the body. Maybe this is why milk has gotten such a bad stigma in the last few years. Milk has become just one more overly processed foods in our standard American diet. When milk is consumed in it’s purest form it may actually enhance your well being.
This is why we choose to drink raw Jersey milk
- The great A1 and A2 debate. Holsteins are the chosen breed for milk production and through artificial insemination industry has had a tremendous impact on genetic improvement of the breed. Though they are the chosen breed for milk production, the A1 proteins found in Holsteins are not easily digestible by many people. Where as Jersey’s and Guernsey cows produce a slightly different protein known as A2, which can be digested better by our bodies.
- Raw milk from grassfed cows, supply your body with beneficial anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids. One of those is a short chain fatty acid called butyrate and it has been researched and linked to decreasing inflammatory bowl diseases. Lastly diets high in conjugated linoliec acid has been researched for it’s effects on lowering cholesterol and body fat. All of these short chain fatty acids are present in raw grassfed milk.
- Supplies your body with naturally occurring probiotics. Plus we use raw milk to make kefir and yogurt which increase the probiotics since the milk has been cultured or fermented. The best way to get probiotics is from the naturalist form and that is food. Probiotics help line the gut and protect it from foreign invaders such as harmful bacteria. Probiotics help to strengthen the immune system. Keeping your gut healthy through the foods you consume is essential to your physical and emotional wellness.
- Raw milk from cows that have been grazed on mostly or only grass has higher mineral contents and fat soluble vitamins like A, D, and one we don’t get in the standard American Diet K2. Synthetic forms of vitamins A and D are added back into pasturized milk and are not well recognized by our body. These vitamins are necessary for brain and nervous system development, yet it is a nutrient that most American children are deficient of in their growing bodies.
- Raw milk contains naturally occurring digestive enzymes As a living food, raw milk is rich in natural food enzymes: lactase, lipase and phosphatase are among many of these natural enzymes. These enzymes help your body to better digest milk and better metabolize the naturally occuring minerals, vitamins, and sugars. These enzymes are so heat sensitive that when milk is pasturized they are all killed off.
What to Look for in a Raw Dairy
- Spotless – I have purchased milk form dairies that were word of mouth only. So that means you get it right from the tank. I check to see how they wash and care for the cows before milking. I make sure the parlor room is clean and all equipment used is clean. If I can’t see the farm I won’t buy. I know some stores in our state is selling raw milk. I first have to know the farmer and the cleanliness of his farm.
- Pasture – Some dairies sell raw milk. but like I stated above cows raised on grass is what gives us the vital nutrients. Some dairies are starting to see the pendulum swing and are selling raw milk yet their herd is grain fed with little pasture time. In the winter time I make sure they have access to clean hay and the grain is soy free and gmo free.
- Jersey cows – We prefer Jersey milk because of the A2 milk protein and the cream line is like no other. Heaven! Creamy golden goodness! I have purchased organic grassfed Holstein milk and is suitable if that is what you can find.
- Price Some grocery stores are selling raw milk for $8.00 – $10.00 a gallon. That is redic! If you purchase from the farm you can pay $3.50-$5.00 a gallon. You may have to pay the high price if you live in the city. An alternative is to make a trip once a month to the country to stock up. Skim the cream and use for creamer, butter, or sour cream and freeze the milk for later use.
- Share Cow Raw milk is illegal in some states. There are ways around that. Look for share cows in your community though craigslist, local papers, or community supported agriculture groups. Folks purchase a cow or several and they are kept on a local co-op farm. You then have access to the milk with a small cost for the farmers time and expenses.
When leaving the milk shed that afternoon, I asked the 60 something gentleman how long he had drank raw milk. He said ” Awe I’m a farm boy. Grew up on it myself.”
Looked like raw milk treated him well. I think there are more foods on the market that we need to be more scared of than the one thing that is natural and pure.