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GrassFedFoodie Apr 10, 2012 03:43 PM

Does anyone know of where in SoCal (OC area, preferably) I can get 100% grass fed, organic, (cow) dairy products? Not just pastured dairy... 100% grass fed with absolutely no grain supplements to the diet.

Consulted eatwild.com, but doesn't appear to be any listings for 100% grass dairies in CA.

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  1. Servorg Apr 10, 2012 04:25 PM

    Have you checked these guys out? http://organicpastures.com/

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      taiwanesesmalleats Apr 10, 2012 04:26 PM

      I think the closest you'll come is Organic Pastures, but on their FAQ, they do mention supplementing a very small amount of corn or oats.

      http://organicpastures.com/faq.html

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        GrassFedFoodie Apr 10, 2012 05:51 PM

        Organic Pastures uses corn, unfortunately.

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        JudiAU Apr 10, 2012 04:35 PM

        Clover has a line of grass fed butter and milk during the summer. Sold at Whole Foods. Several stands at the farmer's market offer homemade butter. None use corn.

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          GrassFedFoodie Apr 10, 2012 05:55 PM

          Thanks. I will inquire with Clover to confirm it is 100 percent grassfed. It is not clear on the website...

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            The Oracle Apr 11, 2012 11:57 AM

            Let us know what you find out about Clover! TIA!

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              GrassFedFoodie Apr 12, 2012 02:48 PM

              I spoke with Clover. The gal said they only time they supplement with grain is when the grass is frosted over (potentially winter) or if it's a really dry summer and the grass is brown. But, understandably, she couldn't definitively say when supplementation would happen since it is dependent on the weather. But if the grass is green, they are at pasture without grain supplements. This is better than year round supplementation, of course, but I'd still prefer 100%.

              I will look into Traders Point Creamery as mentioned by TPForganic below. I've not seen it at my Whole Foods, but I wasn't looking for it either....

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          TPForganic Apr 12, 2012 06:21 AM

          Traders Point Creamery is available in the Whole Foods stores in California and is 100% grass fed all year.

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            JudiAU Apr 12, 2012 12:23 PM

            Yes, good reminder. I've had their drinkable yogurt and it is tasty.

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            Jerry P. Santa Monica Apr 12, 2012 05:40 PM

            I know you said CA, but Kerrygold butter from ireland is what i use, found at trader joes(best price) and whole foods.

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              GrassFedFoodie Apr 13, 2012 12:03 PM

              Thanks - but Kerrygold is not organic. :(

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                goodhealthgourmet Apr 13, 2012 12:31 PM

                it may not be certified organic, but the milk comes from free-roaming, 100% grass fed cows that graze on sustainable farmland owned by a co-op of small dairy farmers, and the butter has no colors or preservatives added.

                BTW, i have no connection with Kerrygold, i just happen to think they make a good, pure product :)

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                  JudiAU May 9, 2012 08:14 PM

                  Kerrygold is a massive operation, just to clarify.

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                    goodhealthgourmet May 10, 2012 06:12 AM

                    well, so is Organic Valley. the point is that Kerrygold sources their milk from a network of small farms, all of whom follow sustainable practices. so although their products aren't certified organic or labeled as 100% grass-fed, i feel far more comfortable with them than i do with some other conventional dairy companies.

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                      JudiAU May 10, 2012 08:02 PM

                      Hey, I like Kerrygold butter. But it is the export vehicle for pretty much all of Ireland's excess milk and cream. And they do use gmo feed in the winter.

                      They are better than conventional, sure, but less than organic.

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                        goodhealthgourmet May 11, 2012 07:43 AM

                        And they do use gmo feed in the winter.
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                        well that's disturbing! so much for my support of Kerrygold.

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                          JudiAU May 11, 2012 12:05 PM

                          http://www.kerrygold.co.uk/index.php?...

                          Cows have to eat in the winter too which is why a lot of grass fed dairy products are summer time products. Hay or other "natural" feeds are expensive and hard to source for large herds. It is easier and cheaper to provide grain in part and unless the product is organic, it is most definitely
                          gmo grain. There is very little non-gmo, non-organic grain out there.

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                            Servorg May 11, 2012 12:45 PM

                            http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/news/4...

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                              westsidegal May 11, 2012 01:38 PM

                              the gmo maize, for the most part, is used so that tons of ROUNDUP can be applied to the corn without killing the corn.

                              although i, personally, prefer to try to limit my ROUNDUP consumption, nobody is saying that you, personally, should be discouraged from eating lots of the stuff.

                              to each, his own.

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                                Servorg May 11, 2012 01:55 PM

                                If I am going to chose things to be fearful of I'll opt to choose ones that actually might have a tinkers chance in hell of harming me in this lifetime.

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                                  goodhealthgourmet May 11, 2012 02:12 PM

                                  to each his/her own. for some of us it's about more than just our own health. there's an environmental impact to consider as well - most notably the contamination of existing conventional & organic crops by GMO pollen & spores.

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                          westsidegal May 11, 2012 12:26 PM

                          thank you JudiAU for the info.
                          gmo feed is a non-starter for me, as is rbST.

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                            GrassFedFoodie May 11, 2012 04:41 PM

                            Kerrygold is out for me, because of that... thanks for sharing!

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                              JudiAU May 11, 2012 08:46 PM

                              FYI- Kerrygold states that "most" of their butter is made in the summer, during grazing season. But like you, GMO grain is a nonstarter.

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                  GrassFedFoodie Apr 16, 2012 12:40 PM

                  For those that are following, was just at Whole Foods this weekend (in Tustin) and they are now carrying Organic Valley 100% grass fed milk (whole and non-fat). 2% is only "grass fed" and this is the explanation on their website:

                  Why isn't Organic Valley 2% Grassmilk™ labeled 100% Grass-fed?
                  The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has a different standard of identity for fluid milk products than the Federal Standard of Identity, requiring higher levels of milk solids such as calcium and fatty acids. In order to meet California's particular statutes, all reduced fat milk sold in the state contains added milk solids as required by law. The milk solids we add to our 2% Grassmilk™ comes from other herds of Organic Valley cows. Since these herds may not always be 100% grass fed, we cannot label the milk "100% grass-fed," even though the fluid milk in the carton comes from 100% grass-fed cows.

                  http://www.organicvalley.coop/product...

                  Now, if only it came in a glass bottle. :) Yes, I'm too picky.

                  Still looking for 100% grass cheese and butter!!!!!!!!

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                    goodhealthgourmet May 9, 2012 07:19 AM

                    Why isn't Organic Valley 2% Grassmilk™ labeled 100% Grass-fed?
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                    it is now!
                    http://www.organicvalley.coop/product...

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                      GrassFedFoodie May 9, 2012 10:33 AM

                      Unfortunately, that link is for their whole milk. The 2% is not 100% grassfed.

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                        goodhealthgourmet May 9, 2012 11:58 AM

                        ugh. i could have sworn i saw the 2% in there! sorry.

                        any particular reason you're averse to whole milk? is it a texture thing?

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                          GrassFedFoodie May 9, 2012 09:41 PM

                          Not a texture thing. Just a fat thing. Whole milk is a bit too rich for everday drinking for me.

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                      chowchow12345678 May 9, 2012 09:10 AM

                      Organic Valley's milk may be grass-fed but it doesn't seem to be raw milk; I think it's pasteurized, right?

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                        GrassFedFoodie May 9, 2012 10:34 AM

                        Yes, it's pasturized. I, personally, don't mind the pasturization (though prefer it NOT to be "ultra" pasturized, however).

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                          JudiAU May 9, 2012 08:15 PM

                          Yes, it tis pasteurized not ultrapasturized.

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                          budlit May 10, 2012 06:33 AM

                          +1 on glass

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                            westsidegal May 11, 2012 12:28 PM

                            +2 on glass

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                            takadi Dec 10, 2013 08:41 AM

                            I haven't seen Organic Valley Grassmilk in stores before. I believe this is the first commercially produced 100% grassfed milk? Is this product a seasonal thing and if so which months is it available?

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                              taiwanesesmalleats Dec 10, 2013 09:41 AM

                              I've only seen it in the warmer months, as early as May.

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                                JudiAU Dec 12, 2013 04:39 PM

                                Currently available at Whole Foods Fairfax. I think they shrink supply during the cooler months. Cheaper to produce with pasture but I am sure they can supplement with hay in the cool weather.

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