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Aug 15, 2006 09:49 PM

Milk provenance in the Bay Area?

I am trying to gather all the resources for people to have a list of which milk to buy in the Bay Area.
I am trying to establish where the milk from these brands comes from and whether they are grass-fed, rBST treated, etc.:
Trader Joe's Organic and not
Strauss Creamery (and their TJ tie)
Clover Stornetta
Berkeley Farms

Some have been cohoperative, some do not list it nor I can find the info. As I run a blog and a group for Bay Area local and seasonal food, I would like to compile this list for everyone to have. I always credit my sources, you can check on my blog, so if you gave some reliable information or know where I can get it, please let me know.
Thank you!
Marco Flavio

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    1. re: Morton the Mousse

      I have no reason to believe the information on that survey is not legit, but my understanding is that it was paid for by the Organic Valley cooperative.

    2. Trader Joe's organic cream-top comes from Straus.


      Their homogenized organic comes from somewhere else.

      1. Don't know about Safeway, but all the others claim not to treat their cows with rBST. It says so on the label, so that's your source.

        Straus has a website -- it really helps if you spell the name correctly.

        Clover now has an organic line of products as well as a conventional line. I suspect that's who is providing the homogenized organic milk for TJ's, but I don't know for sure, and I don't think TJ's ever identifies their producers (among other things, they probably have agreements with the producers not to reveal their names so they don't undercut the brand-packaged product).

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Clover Organic comes from the St. Anthony's farm outside of Petaluma. It is run by the St Anthony's Foundation of SF, the same entity that operates the dining room and other services in the Tenderloin.

          I am also interested in the origin of the milk appearing under the label called Organic Valley -- which seems to have the sweetest tasting milk I've ever had (I drink the 1%).

          El loco

          1. re: El cocinero loco

            Organic Valley is a cooperative of producers around the country. In California it comes from a producer in Southern California. I think most of their regular milk products are ultra-pasteurized. That caramelizes the milk sugars slightly and makes it taste sweeter.


        2. Straus Creamery is the one that along with Clover Stornetta offers voluntarily the most information. Always a good sign. I have info on those 2.
          Safeway or TJ would not return emails (as of today, I sent them a few days back).
          Berkeley Farms, as a subsidiary of Dean Foods (like Horizon milk), does not credit their sources for milk specifically "select family farms from the rolling hills of Marin and Sonoma Counties and the lush San Joaquin Valley".
          I will contunue the research, thank you for the postings, please keep them coming if you think of something else.
          Marco Flavio

          1. Actually their website identifies their farmer-supplier as being in the foothills near Modesto/Merced

            "On the Stueve ranch nestled on the upslope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, ("between San Francisco and Yosemite") Lloyd's cows have an advantage they can't get anywhere else—365 grazing days a year."