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Mar 22, 2009 07:29 PM

Where can I get my hands on some raw milk?

The Kefir question on this board made me curious. After some research and having a drink of TJ's Kefir drink, I moved onto the quest of obtaining some raw milk for possibly culturing some Kefir (or at least drink it to see what the excitement is all about.)

If I would like to get my hands on about half a gallon of organic raw milk around the metro DC region, what's the easiest legal way of doing so? I am in Montgomery county Maryland...
Are there any farm markets on this side of Virginia that sells them? Or are there some other sources even closer and easier without having to own a portion of a cow?

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  1. I've been vaguely looking at this for the last year and legally - I don't think you can - even the cow-share option is coming under scrutiny.

    now if you were able to make contact with a farmer who 'gave' or bartered some, well that's different.

    1. I feel like I've seen this at the Dupont Farmer's Market in the past.

      1. You might want to contact South Mountain Creamery and they may be able to help you...

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        1. re: Smiles2008

          Check out the following site:

          Contact one of the Alexandria or DC Chapter leaders. They will give you instructions.

        2. Cfoodie, isn't that dangerous? (A'la Louis Pasteur...anthrax...cow pox...etc??)

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          1. re: Sean D

            Thanks for the info from all of you. At least, I got some good lead on some good pasturized milk. I guess I'll have to contact the Weston Price foundation and perhaps go to PA to pick up some. Perhaps the conclusion may be that they taste similar to the "good" non-homogenized pasturized milk. However, live to eat....

            Sean, I don't know the answer to that. All I know is, the stuff I am drinking has rbst, homromnes and chemicals. The older folks used to drink it...and today it's probably easier to go to the hospital and get it over with if I get infected from some of these buggers... I surely won't feed these to my kids, but hey, I wanna try some...

            1. re: cfoodie

              You can buy non-homogenized milk in MD in stores. Trickling Springs Creamery (at MOM's Organic Market, Roots, etc has milk in glass bottles with thick layers of cream on top. Very old fashioned. It is pasteurized. South Mountain Creamery has the same thing, but it's more expensive.

              Organic milk is free of growth hormones and antibiotics.

              For raw milk in MD you will need to join a milk share program, where you essentially buy part of the cow and get the milk for free. Here's a list of milk share programs in MD, it might be out of date.


            2. re: Sean D

              I drank raw milk for years as a kid b/c my mom didn't want me to drink the store bought stuff and I never had a problem other than my friends thinking it was weird.

            3. Raw milk is not legal in DC, VA and MD. You might want to check out some resources in PA. That would be your closest (legal) bet.
              Raw milk is not sold at the Dupont market, but there is AMAZING milk and chocolate milk to be had.
              You could also research the underground networks which source raw milk via the "black market".

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              1. re: monavano

                This past weekend I noticed some unpasteurized and unhomogenized milk at a stand in the Reading Terminal Market in Philly. I know that's a haul from DC, but you could get a decent roast pork sandwich from Dinic's and and solid Italian hoagie from Salumeria while you're there!

                  1. re: monavano

                    That's the one! How good are those roast pork sandwiches from Dinic's?!

                    1. re: aburkavage

                      How good? I never miss a chance to get one when I'm in town, even choosing a roast pork over a cheesesteak if I have to. That good! Of course, I get it with sharp provolone and rabe.

                      1. re: monavano

                        I'm not ashamed to admit that I'd take a roast pork with sharp prov and greens or rabe over a cheesesteak 10 times out of 10!

                        1. re: aburkavage

                          I hereby propose a moratorium on any further references to italian pork and rabe on this board until such time as Tony Luke's opens up a branch here on DC, since every time someone mentions them, I find myself trying to think of excuses to head up to Philly.

                          1. re: sweth

                            what more of an excuse does one need? boss out of the office - long lunch or off-site staff meeting. 10 - 4 done.