Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Nov 10, 2011 03:15 PM

Pastured jersey milk and pastured eggs?

I am moving to the Bay Area from Boston in a few months and am wondering if there are any local sources of pastured Jersey milk and pastured eggs. I love the taste of the Jersey milk around here so I'm hoping I can find an equivalent. I found a place called Claravale Dairy but their milk is raw, which is too risky for me.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Pastured eggs are all over the place now.

    Straus Family Creamery's herd is 1/3 Jersey and 2/3 Holstein. Their milk has more flavor than other brands.

    1. You could heat it yourself if that makes you more comfortable. Personally I feel much safer drinking their milk - the testing and regulations for commercial raw milk in California is extremely strict. and they get tested all the time - been drinking their milk for years - never gotten sick.

      1 Reply
      1. re: takuhead

        The egg testing/safety in CA is also very good. During the egg scare in '10, it was noted that CA eggs were under stricter regulations (from the USDA) and considered safe. Many grocery stores had signs about it near the eggs.

      2. You may find when you get here that regular ol' California milk tastes richer and better. The state has higher standards for composition than the feds.

        2 Replies
        1. re: Melanie Wong

          You know, I recall recently seeing some vendor that was selling milk from Jersey Cows and I'm just not finding it. It was probably in Sonoma as I've been hanging out there recently. Many of the local cheesemakers use Jersey milk.

          I checked Strauss, but only 1/3 of the cows are Jersey, as Robert mentioned. They write "At the moment, we have primarily Holstein cows. Holsteins tend to give more milk and less cream. Jerseys tend to have a higher cream content in their milk which is great for making butter and ice cream. At the moment, about one-third of our herd is Jersey cows."

          So it seems they might be just using the Jersey milk for butter and ice cream.

          Most likley at Sonoma Market or Whole Foods Napa. It just struck me as odd. I can see the bottle, it was glass and it wasn't Straus. On the other hand it might have been raw. I didn't look that close. I'll keep my eyes open next time I'm at those markets. Maybe someone who go to those markets might know.

          1. re: rworange

            Spring Hill's herd is 400+ Jerseys strong, but I believe it's all used for butter, cheese and ice cream making, not fluid milk sales.

            Spring Hill Cheese
            4235 Spring Hill Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952

        2. Yes, lots of pastured eggs. Where are you located ... SF, East Bay, South Bay, North Bay? It would be easier to direct you to specific vendors near you.

          1. Perhaps this is what rworange spotted --- St Benoit Jersey organic whole milk at Whole Foods Petaluma.

            Saint Benoit Yogurt
            Sebastopol CA, Sebastopol, CA

            Whole Foods Petaluma
            621 E Washington St, Petaluma, CA 94952

            7 Replies
            1. re: Melanie Wong

              i don't remember and forgot to look when I was at WF Napa recently. They are selling it at Ferry Plaza now and i would guess at other farmers markets where Saint Benoit sells

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I haven't figured out how t put this in the yelp world yet .., so for now ... this is at Berkeley Bowl West. It is wonderful ... rich and sweet ... even my tastebud dead family said 'rica' .... then asked the price ... $3.79 for a quart with $1.50 bottle deposit. Incredibly one even said that wasn't too much. There was only one bottle left today.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  St Benoit is available at the Petaluma Whole Foods.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    they're selling st benoit jersey milk at the whole foods in oakland too. it's delicious! (it's also at berkeley bowl, as noted by rworange). before drinking st. benoit i was buying trader joe's cream-top whole milk, which i read (i believe here on chowhound) is from straus.

                    1. re: elmwoodchica

                      oh, and whole foods oakland has been carrying a number of different pastured egg options (as does berkeley bowl, but they seem to be cleaned out of them quite often).

                      1. re: elmwoodchica

                        When I called WFM in Oakland a few weeks ago looking for St Benoit milk (for making mozzarella), I was told they are only carrying St Benoit yogurt now, and not their milk. ;o)

                        1. re: giacomantonia

                          They've had it every time I've been there in the recent past, including this morning.