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Raw Milk? Cow Shares? Goat Shares?

Does anyone know of any local dairies offering raw milk - either cow or goat? How about any cow shares or goat shares in the area?

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  1. A quick google of "goat dairy central texas" turned up this: http://www.texasnubians.com, which sounds like a very cool goat dairy. Pure Luck is closer, but I couldn't tell whether they offer milk in addition to their wonderful cheese.

    1. Here's a list of everywhere you can find raw milk in Texas: http://www.realmilk.com/where5.html#tx

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      1. re: bookgrrl72

        I'm blanking on the name of the farm, but the family in the back center at the Sunset Valley Farmer's Market (across from Doctor Kracker) with all the cheeses does has milk available. However, in order to purchase it, you have to join a group or get shares I think.

        1. re: shan

          I think you're referring to Full Quiver. They make wonderful cheese!

          1. re: bookgrrl72

            Milk King also has great cheese. They are at the Lakeline Farmer's market every Saturday. I wish they still made queso.

      2. Liberty Hill used to have a farm that sold milk and cream. I cannot remember where it was because it was so long ago but maybe if you asked around someone could direct you.

        1. Green Gate Farms is starting a raw milk share right now. They are located near the corner of 969 (MLK) and Decker Lane. I believe they may also have a couple of fall CSA shares still available. The milk is cow's milk which they pick up once a week from another semi-local farm. I'm not sure about goat milk but they do raise a few goats there. Give them a call for info - here's the website. I was there the other day picking up some amazing arugula, and they were cooking beans in a solar oven! Wow!

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          1. re: Allison L.

            I ordered raw milk from the dairy associated with them last week and it was amazing! Their farm stand is great too-- they have yoga in the hayloft on Saturdays.

          2. i get mine from strykly dairy

            1. Good question! I just bought a yoghurt maker and am looking for raw milk to make it with. Is raw milk safe to make yoghurt with?

              1. know of a place in milam county uses free range goats 7.00 a gallon

                1. It does need to be sold at the farm. There is ongoing legislation on that point (the dairy farmers would like to be able to sell raw milk at farmers markets for example). The raw milk I buy comes from Stryckly dairy farm.

                  This is by no means a scientific answer, it's just the way I look at it. Raw milk can certainly be dangerous, but to me it is a very small risk to take. Stryckly is a working dairy farm and raw milk is only a percentage of their business. They also sell pasteurized milk to manufacturers. Because of this, the regulatory bodies are all up in their business. Their equipment must be sanitized and best practices followed for all their milk. The raw milk just skips the pasteurization process. Knowing this is what makes it safe in my mind, but that's a risk you need to weigh for yourself.

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                  1. re: Allison L.

                    Thanks for the info on Stryckly! They're a bit far, but I'm still considering that it might be worth the drive.

                    1. re: avertmyeyes

                      No need to drive out there if you can get a spot in Green Gate Farms coop. That's how I get it. Contact Green Gate or visit their farm (969 & Decker Ln).

                  2. I am the Managing Shareholder/property owner at City Farm Austin. I invite you to come and check out what I am doing. I have a small dairy goat herd in my backyard co-owned by shareholders. You can milk it yourself or just come pick it up. It makes a great family activity once a week. www.cityfarmaustin.com cityfarmaustin@gmail.com 512-655-9039. Paula Tarver, Managing Shareholder.