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Apr 29, 2008 10:45 AM

raw milk in SEA?

I'm reading Nina Planck's excellent book, Real Food, and it's got me thinking about better food. Can a person buy raw milk, or is it completely obsolete? I remember enjoying it as a kid, it was so delicious. What about butter made with whole raw milk? I imagine I can get real eggs at the farmer's market, but not sure about the milk products.

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  1. Farmer's markets (at the least the one in the U-district) and Whole Foods.

    I can decide if I like it better because it's actually better or because I get whole milk when I'm splurging for raw, whereas I get 1% or skim when I go the supermarket.

    1. Raw milk is legal in WA. I get it at the Ballard Farmers market. Kind of couterintuitive though - it costs so much more for something that has less energy and process inputs... I like it, but really can't decide if it's inflated 'premium' market price is worth it.

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      1. re: Papa Kip Chee

        I'd think the cost is due to economy of scale. So right now I'm buying organic milk at Greenwood Market at $4 for a half gallon--what's a half gallon of the raw stuff going to cost? $4 for a half gallon of "regular" milk already seems pretty steep.

        1. re: allisonw

          I think I paid $6 for a quart of it at Whole Foods. (yeah)
          I don't remember how much it was from the Farmer's Market people.

          I also don't drink much milk, so it's not that big of a deal for me.
          If I was a regular milk drinker though, i don't think I could make this my main milk.

          1. re: GreenYoshi

            Any other sources besides the Ballard Farmer's Market and WF? I'm not always around on Sunday, and don't shop at WF because of their problem with unions.

            1. re: allisonw

              I buy raw milk at Madison Market on Cap Hill

              1. re: allisonw

                Well, if you're not around on Sunday, you also might not be around on Saturday, but Sea Breeze Farms is at the U-dist Farmers Market as well on Saturdays.

        2. Sea Breeze Farms is, I think, the name of the supplier at the Ballard Farmer's Market.

          I've seen it at the creamery in pike place too.

          1. Try the Pike Place Creamery in the Pike Place Market.

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            1. re: Erika L

              Should have mentioned, the Creamery is mentioned in a NYT article on independent dairies and how their products (milk, cream, butter) are diff and better tasting than commercial stuff

            2. $6 for a quart of milk! One hopes that's a very pampered moocow.

              Then again, $4 for Starbucks...