(Closed) How can I make sure my milk is coming from a good farm?

posted 8 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - Bride's family summer home in the Adirondacks

Here’s a list I found rating different brands:  http://cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/index.html

Basically, I just googled “best organic milk” 🙂  Organic doesn’t necessarily mean that they take better care of the cows, but at least it’s a start in terms of caring at all! 

Post # 4
2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The reality is that most meat and dairy products you get from a supermarket are from large factory farms that treat the animals like s***.   So it’s really not just an issue with milk that you drink.  Have you considered switching to soy milk?

Post # 5
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Could you check out local farmer’s market/produce stands and ask for recommendations? Maybe you can get milk from a private farmer rather than commercially. FI’s mom and dad have a dairy cow, so we know where our milk is from. We don’t sell it, but we know others who might. His grandmother sells the eggs from her chickens on their private farm. This might not be feasible for someone in a big city, but I don’t know where you are. I assume that there are farms in TN in some places, so it’s worth a shot!

Post # 6
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We get our milk from a small local organic farm.  You can actually drive out and see them work if you so desire!  Do you have anything like that in your area?

Post # 7
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Do they sell milk at your Farmer’s Market? If so, you can talk to the farmer about how his farm is run.

Post # 8
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

I’d pay less attention to the organic label, and more attention  to grass fed pastured labels. Go to localharvest.org and search based on your zip code. Check the brands sold in your local health stores and check out their farms. talk to the farmers at the farmer’s market.  Even a google search of “grass fed pastured dairy yourlocation, tennesee” should help point you in the right direction. Good luck and kudos to you! 🙂

Post # 9
348 posts
Helper bee

Of the widely available brands of milk, Organic Valley is one of the better ones.  The American Humane Association also certifies some brands, which is a good sign (although not all brands will want to spend the money for certification even when they would qualify, so not having this certification doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad).

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