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Apr 10, 2012 03:43 PM

100% grass fed dairy products

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

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    1. 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.

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      1. 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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        1. re: JudiAU

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

          1. re: GrassFedFoodie

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

            1. re: The Oracle

              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....

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

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          1. re: TPForganic

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

          2. 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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              1. re: GrassFedFoodie

                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 :)

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Kerrygold is a massive operation, just to clarify.

                  1. re: JudiAU

                    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.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      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.

                      1. re: JudiAU

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

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet


                          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.

                            1. re: Servorg

                              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.

                              1. re: westsidegal

                                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.

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  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.

                        2. re: JudiAU

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

                          1. re: JudiAU

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

                            1. re: GrassFedFoodie

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