On Christmas eve monring, we let the 13 weaned piglets out of the lean-to portion of our new barn because their mother was finally dried up. One of our awesome weekly farm
$10/gallon ($14/gallon for A2 MILK)
$5/half ($7/half for A2 MILK)
$3/qt ($3.50.qt for A2 MILK)
Cream: $5/pt when available--we are short on milk right now, so not currently offering cream.)
Frozen Butter (Seasonal) $7.50/half lb
$12/gallon (+$5 jar deposit)
$6/half ($7/half for A2 MILK) (+$3 jar deposit)
$3/qt ($4/qt for A2 MILK) (+$2 jar deposit)
Cream: NOT AVAILABLE TIL SPRING
The first time you buy milk (or if you ever forget to bring a jar to trade), if you don't provide your own jar you will need to pay the following jar deposits:
Gallon jar: $5 Half gallon jar: $3 Quart or pint jar: $2
We cannot take Shatto jars--they are too difficult to clean. We use wide mouth and narrow mouth glass gallon jars with SCREW ON lids--NO LUG LIDS OR PICKLE JARS. Or wide mouth half gallon jars (generally BALL.)
It is very important that you return your jars CLEAN and DRY. Generally, a jar run through the dishwasher is clean enough, as long as you can't see any visible debris on the jar. If your dishwasher has a dry cycle--use it. If not, ensure the jar has FULLY air dried before you put the lid on. Otherwise the jar will quickly start to stink--especially during warm weather.
We have a commercial dishwasher and will run dirty jars through a wash cycle to ensure they are clean, but that costs labor, water, and electricity that we don't include in the normal cost of our milk.
We will let is slide if you occasionally return a jar that is not ready to be filled with milk again. However, clients who consistently return dirty jars will be charged a $.50/jar cleaning fee. PLEASE DON'T MAKE US RESORT TO THIS.
As a first time buyer, your first gallon of milk will be $8, plus jar deposit. Or if you just get a gallon, it will be $4, plus jar deposit. If you are a new customer, you will be allowed to join the CSA mid-month your first month if we have enough milk. That will allow you to pay the lower $10/gallon milk prices for the remainder of the month.
If you pick up your milk directly from the farm, the milk is $9/gallon or $4.50/half gallon.
We are not Certified, but we think we are about has humane as it gets. The basic philosophy from which we raise our animals is to ask ourselves this question:
After 3 1/2 years of milking in our garage with a 2 bucket automatic milking system (which followed about 6 months of milking in the pasture with a portable milking trailer) as of 01/09/2015 we are finally milking in our newly constructed milk parlor. And since May 2015, we are now milking with a 4 claw pipeline automatic milking system.
CLEANING THE SYSTEM: Prior to milking, the pipeline is rinsed with a concentrated food grade hydrogen peroxide rinse. After we milk, the system is rinsed with warm water, followed by a wash with a chlorinated detergent wash with water that is heated to nearly 200 degrees. This ensures the removal of microbial "bio-film" from the pipeline. Finally, the system is rinsed with dairy acid wash, that removes the calcium deposit "milk stone" from the lines, and also acts as a final sanitizing .
WASHING THE COW: Prior to milking, each udder is washed with a warm washcloth with a bit of soap and bleach. Then each teat is stripped a couple of squirts and dipped into an iodine teat dip. Each sanitized teat is then wiped clean with a new paper towel.
FILTERING AND COOLING: During milking, the milk passes through a special filter to ensure the removal of any small pieces of hay or debris that might have made its way into the milk. Then it goes straight into a bulk tank, which stirs and rapidly cools the milk. The milk is stored in the bulk tank until we bottle--generally every Tuesday and Friday.