This is our first goal in the new year. We found ourselves not making it a priority to fill our half gallon mason jars at one of our local organic dairy farms. We are blessed to live in an area abundant with farms (although not nearly as many as there were at one time).
Our favorite milk comes from Butterworks Farm where they raise Jersey cows primarily for their yogurt. The milk is delicious and nutricious. In addition to the yogurt they make from the milk, they also make cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, buttermilk, and cream.
Butterworks is a wonderful example of a sustainable organic farm. The Lazors work tirelessly to take great care of their cows use the compost to grow beans, wheat, corn and sunflowers. Thus, they have flour, dried beans, corn meal and sunflower oil.
It is wonderful that we are able to take advantage of these amazing food offerings just 5 miles away from our homestead.
Organic, local food is not the least expensive option, but it is the best option for health of our bodies and of the health of our local community and for the health of the earth.
Butterworks Farm does not advertise; you won't see an ad in the local paper or a flyer hanging at the general store. I have to call ahead to order my 25 pound bags of flour and 10 pound bags of cornmeal. When we go to purchase, they have an honor system yogurt cup and once they show you how to get the milk you simply go in and help yourself. And don't forget to bring the children around the corner to say hello to the cows.
If you are not sure what is available in your area it is best to ask around. Check out localharvest.org. Google organic farm and then the name of your geographical area.
Warm wishes. Tonya