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ISO: Source for local milk - Cambridge or Boston

heathermb Jun 29, 2009 02:49 PM

I'm on a cheese making kick and would like to find a nearby source for local milk (unpasteurized is NOT required).

For my first batch I hit the Dairy Bar outside Davis Square and got some delicious milk from Shaw Farm in Dracut, MA. Sadly their hours are inconvenient for after-work visits. Any other suggestions/options in Boston or Cambridge would be greatly appreciated!

-TIA, Heather

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    Ralphie_in_Boston Jun 30, 2009 01:40 PM

    If you really need to get a source within Boston/Cambridge, I believe that Whole Foods carries milk from Crescent Ridge Dairy (from Sharon) .

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      djd Jun 30, 2009 03:12 PM

      I found nothing special at the River St. WP Saturday evening, but maybe I just came too late in the day.

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        Scruffy The Cat Jun 30, 2009 07:54 PM

        River St WF definitely has High Lawn Farm milk- I saw it yesterday. It's my opinion that once you try Jersey milk, you'll never want to drink "regular" milk (from Holsteins) again. It's a different taste- rounder, with malty overtones and great creaminess, even in the skim.

        Add to that, the Jersey milk doesn't seem to aggravate my lactose intolerance. I don't know why, but I'm happy!

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          catsmeow Jul 4, 2009 03:06 PM

          J. Paces in Saugus carries Richardson's milk and cream. I'm not sure about their new Seaport location.

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      drewinmrblhd Jun 30, 2009 11:14 AM

      It is worth the drive to Richardson's in Middleton, you can even meet the cows. High Lawn is also very good and is readily available as stated above at Wholepaycheck. I myself, want to meet the cows and see the conditions and health of the animals.

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        threedogs Jun 30, 2009 05:26 PM

        For those in this neck of the woods, Gastronome (Russian grocery store) on Broad St. in Lynn carries Richardson's milk.

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        Gastronome European Deli
        145 Broad St, Lynn, MA

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          galleygirl Jun 30, 2009 05:27 PM

          i always go past that place on the way up to Swampscot; how is it?

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          itaunas Jul 2, 2009 11:11 AM

          Many of the Richardson's Ice Cream shops carry the milk too, although prices vary. That includes Alexander's on Main St in Medford, CB Scoops in West Medford, Jay's in Malden (pretty certain).... and more (Spadafora has the ice cream, but wasn't selling the milk)

          The best prices I have seen on Richardson outside of the farm are at New Deal Fruit in Revere.

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            djd Oct 21, 2009 07:10 PM

            Reviving to say that the new Sherman Market has High Lawn cream. Maybe I'll get it to eat with cold leftover apple pie for breakfast.

            (N.B.: My significant other works at the market.)

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              bella_sarda Oct 21, 2009 07:30 PM

              That would be some breakfast. I'm enjoying the Sherman Market and its local dairy products. Although the woman who waited on me (I think she's one of the owners) said they may stop carrying the Narragansett ricotta, in order not to compete with Capone's ricotta, but I didn't really buy into that idea. I doubt they'll really hurt Capone's much with just that one item. I guess she wants to be seen as a team player, but I doubt Capone's would consider Sherman Market in thinking about what goods to carry or not.

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            djd Jun 30, 2009 09:40 AM

            Wish I'd thought to make this thread before Saturday—I came home from Red Fire Farm w/ quarts of strawberries and then couldn't find any insanely expensive fancy local cream to eat them with!

            I know, tough life.

            1. rlh Jun 29, 2009 07:33 PM

              Personal favorite is Oakdale from Maine - great flavor, not ultrapasteurized as far as I know - we get it at D'Agostino's in Arlington Heights (assume they also carry it in the Winchester store) - $1.99 per half gallon $2.99 per gallon.

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                Allstonian Jun 29, 2009 07:50 PM

                That's Oakhurst, not Oakdale, and it is indeed good. You can also often find it in independent convenience stores - Barmy and I would buy it at D'Agostino's when we made runs out to Penzeys, until we discovered that the little bodega across the street from the Allston post office carries it, as does the Allston Liquor Mart on Cambridge Street at North Harvard, across from the Hess station.

                HOWEVER - it is ultrapasteurized. (We use it for making yogurt, where contrary to our expectations we have learned that we get a better result with ultrapasteurized milk.)

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                  Allstonian Jun 30, 2009 07:25 PM

                  Oops - I take it back, after having examined the half-gallon of Oakhurst we currently have in the fridge. It is pasteurized, NOT ultra.

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                    Eatin in Woostah Jul 4, 2009 01:43 PM

                    I don't know the pasteurization process at Oakhurst, but would just caution that ultra-pasteurized milk doesn't have to be labeled as such. It may be heated past what is ideal for cheesemaking but still only say "pasteurized." But since the OP says it's OK if the milk is ultrapasteurized, I guess it doesn't matter either way. Agree, both Oakhurst and Shaw Farm are excellent.

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                  threedogs Jun 30, 2009 05:27 PM

                  That's a very decent price. Wish I lived closer!

                3. digga Jun 29, 2009 07:05 PM

                  If Davis Sq is convenient for you, I've seen a sign in Dave's Pasta's window advertising fresh milk in glass bottles (I've not had it since I stick with soy milk so I don't know from where they source it). They are open 'til 7:30pm on weeknights. Is that more convenient for you than Dairy Bar's hours?

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                    tsackton Jun 30, 2009 03:21 PM

                    Dave's carries Crescent Ridge in glass bottles. I'm pretty sure they also have High Lawn Farms milk, plus a brand from Maine (Oakhurst Dairy?).

                  2. PinchOfSalt Jun 29, 2009 02:57 PM

                    Shaw Farm milk (minimally pasteurized) can be found at Wilson Farm in Lexington. I think I saw it in the dairy case in the produce area at Formaggio's on Huron Avenue in Cambridge. Having said that, I know of a couple of locations in Bedford, too, but that may well be outside your range.

                    You might also consider High Lawn Farm milk. It is from western MA. It is pasteurized to a greater degree than Shaw Farm milk, but it has higher protein and fat content than standard milk due to the breed of cows. It works wonderfully well when I make yogurt so it probably would work as well for cheese. It is available at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods and probably just about every other Whole Foods in the area. I get mine at Russo's in Watertown, where the price is better.

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                      galleygirl Jun 29, 2009 03:34 PM

                      HIgh Lawn Farms milk is FANTASTIC! It's made solely from the milk of Jersey cows...I think most of the Whole Foods have it now, but I'm sure Russo's would have it cheaper.

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                        smtucker Jun 29, 2009 07:40 PM

                        High Lawn makes the best cheese. I too make cheese fairly regularly, and have been very pleased with the results. For Shaw's milk, it turns out that KickAss Cupcakes has an exclusive contract for Somerville so the Sherman Market is searching for a different local source.

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                        camer Jul 2, 2009 11:03 AM

                        We buy the Shaw Farm milk and cream from the Dairy Bar usually (and really love it), but last week our travels took us to Wilson Farm in Lexington so we bought it there. The light cream was spoiled from the moment I opened it. My thought was that perhaps there is less traffic there, at least with the milk, since I have not had a problem once with the many gallons I've bought from the Dairy Bar.

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                          PinchOfSalt Jul 3, 2009 04:10 PM

                          Thanks for mentioning the Dairy Bar. Funny thing is, I had an email conversation with someone at Shaw Farm, asking where I can buy their creamline milk, and he did not mention the Dairy Bar (or Chip'N Farm., where I have been buying it). He said I had to go to the farm's retail store in Dracut! This afternoon I stopped by the Dairy Bar and procured my weekly fix of creamline. I am in your debt. The Dairy Bar is so much closer than the alternatives, plus it is an excuse for other shopping in and around Davis Square.

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                        bella_sarda Jun 29, 2009 02:54 PM

                        Shaw Farm was selling that fabulous milk (which I bought, too) at the Union Square farmer's market the last 2 weeks I went. It runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., so hopefully that is more convenient for you. I believe the new Sherman Market (opening within the next two weeks, I'm told) will also be carrying fresh, local milk, but I'm not sure if that will be any more convenient for you. Russo's also has some local milk options. Note that while all these milks are indeed pasteurized, they are not "ultrapasteurized", which makes them taste better (in my opinion) but reduces their shelf life. Not sure if regular MILK is ever labelled as ultrapasteurized, but I think the large-scale makers zap it harder than they do with the local stuff. Most commercial heavy creams now are ultra, and I find I much prefer heavy cream that is simply pasteurized but not ultra-p'd, and they definitely sell that at Russo's.

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