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Mar 14, 2013 07:20 PM

Grass-fed dairy in Albuquerque Metro Area?

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows where I might be able to get grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free yogurt or milk in the Albuquerque area. Any leads would be most appreciated. Thank you.

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  1. Do you mean at a farm itself?
    Because the co-op carries both

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    1. re: magiesmom

      Really? Maybe I'm just missing it, because I haven't seen grass-fed yogurt or milk at the North Valley branch. I think I saw some grass-fed butter once, but not recently. Maybe it's only at Nob Hill? I thought the dairy stock (aside from cheese) was the same at both branches but maybe that's not the case. I've already emailed them, so I should hear back soon. Thanks for the response.

    2. I do not know what the credentials of Rasband Dairy are, but I've heard scuttlebutt about them using pesticides on their land so that doesn't bode well for their general practices.

      Anyway, the brand Kahlona Supernatural is not local, but IS most definitely grass-fed and carried at the co-op, Sprouts, and Vitamin Cottage. I think the latter is the only place to get heavy cream in a small bottle.

      In big brands, Organic Valley is grass-fed most of the year and the best bet if you have no other choice.

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      1. re: tenacity

        Hey tenacity, Thanks so much. I've never seen Kahlona Supernatural at the Valley Co-op, and when they emailed back they said they only have GF milk from Organic Valley. Maybe it's at the other one, though. I'd forgotten to check at Vitamin Cottage, so that's very helpful. Does Kahlona Supernatural make a yogurt, too?

        1. re: ninrn

          I've never seen Kahlona Supernatural products at La Montanita but I buy their entire line at Vitamin Cottage: milk/butter/buttermilk/sour cream/heavy cream. I tried to get Whole Foods to carry the line but they only got the buttermilk and butter. This brand is the best I have found anywhere and I believe it's slightly cheaper than Straus.

          I have not seen Kahlona yogurt, so I buy Straus yogurt at VC.

          1. re: sandiasingh

            Food Hole on Carlisle ALSO has Kahlona's heavy cream (but a full quart!) and recently I believe I've spotted full-fat milk and cottage cheese.

            1. re: tenacity

              Thanks sandiasingh and tenacity, but it turns out Kalona is not all grass-fed -- the cows have access to grass, but are also fed corn and soy. Sounds like a great line, but I need to find grass-fed for health reasons. I wish there were some local farm selling grass-fed dairy, just as there are farms selling GF beef, but haven't been able to find any. Anyway, thanks again.

              1. re: ninrn

                Argh. I've also heard that the standards for saying "grass-fed" are changing legally. Perhaps that means places have been getting away with too much up until this point....

                1. re: ninrn

                  A guy at LaMontanita Co-op told me last year that they hoped to have a local grass fed milk by this summer. You might check with them.

                  1. re: sandiasingh

                    Thanks SS. Yes, I checked with the Co-op first. They have grass-fed milk now, but no yogurt. I know I can make yogurt, but don't really have the energy. I used to make yogurt all the time growing up, but all attempts at getting a solid culture started in NM have failed. Anyway, the Kalona people said that most of their farmers only do grain-feeding in the winter months, although some feed corn all year so the cows "have enough energy" (maybe I need some corn, too). I'll try some Kalona next month when it might be mostly grass-fed. I'm going to contact the Redwood Hills (right name?) place that makes the goat yogurt and see if they grain feed, but that yogurt is expensive.

                    1. re: ninrn

                      Ninrn, I exchanged emails with the Kalona sales mgr regarding grain feeding in winter and he confirmed that indeed they do. My concern is with their location in the center of the GMO "breadbasket" and contamination. I'd like to buy Strauss instead but I do not like the glass bottles. They are a real pain to carry around, sometimes break or I forget to take them with me. Kind of stuck.

                      1. re: sandiasingh

                        It's so hard to find clean, properly raised, somewhat affordable animal food, besides maybe eggs. I was a vegan for many years and only started eating meat for an extreme health situation. It's still hard for me to digest, so I depend pretty heavily on yogurt. Wish I didn't have to. I think you mentioned on some other post that you have kids. I don't know how parents who want to feed their kids really well pull it off without losing their minds. Hats off to you for being so conscientious.

                        1. re: ninrn

                          Ninrn, I don't have kids (or grandkids) but am very conscientious about where our food comes from. We cook everything from scratch here and try to source what we buy. I do not know how parents do it either but I believe they do cater to and almost enable picky eaters. Jacques Pepin said once their kids ate the same thing they ate. What to eat was not an issue for them. And the ugly junk food kids menus in many restaurants only exacerbates the problem. Why do they need a different menu (except size-wise)?

                          We eat eggs often and have opted out of the hype against them. We also eat a lot of beans and lentils which are good sources for protein. Some people have a problem with digestion but I've been told that once your system gets used to digesting beans, it gets easier.

          2. re: tenacity

            I worked at the co-op in Las Cruces. I wouldn't drink Rasband. We've heard about some questionable practices with them and their products also spoiled before the sell-by date very regularly. I don't think they have much in the way of quality control. We stopped carrying them and only special order it for customers who want it.

            1. re: Jackie007

              I have definitely had the issue of their stuff going bad really quickly, as can happen when things are not ultra-pasteurized. I had heard hearsay (which I still want to find out if it is more than hearsay) that they had issues with nearby beekeepers because of pesticide use that drifted far away from their land into other areas... Hmm.

              1. re: tenacity

                I would say their spoilage issues go beyond not being ultra-pastuerized and into the realm of mishandling somewhere along the way.