|The farm where we buy our milk|
About 22 months ago I began a journey into eating "real food." It all started with being introduced to the Leake family on www.100daysofrealfood.com and my subsequent choice to rid my family's diet of processed food. We have come full circle since that day and pretty much live this concept as a lifestyle. We all noticed improvements in our gastrointestinal health when we stopped drinking UHT pasteurized/homogenized cow's milk, and have basically been drinking packaged store-bought almond milk ever since. I have been well aware that packaged (as opposed to home made) almond milk is not exactly a real food. But I have just not found an alternative to conventional cow's milk that both satisfies our cereal cravings and tastes creamy the way milk should. So we have continued to drink the Blue Diamond even though it contains carrageenan (a carcinogenic ingredient) and the questionable synthetic vitamins D2 and vitamin A palmitate.
It has been a big hit with everyone in our family except my husband. He still prefers the almond milk, but both my son and I love raw milk! It's even more fun because we get to drive down to the actual farm every week or two and give them our bottles to fill up from the cooling tank right next to the barn where all the cows sit and chew their hay. And let me tell you, these are some happy cows! It is so rewarding to be able to get your food straight from the farm and see it go all the way to your table, unadulterated, pure, and in it's natural state. My favorite thing to do with the milk is to make some steel cut oats with cinnamon and then scoop the cream off the top of the milk (since it separates as it sits in the fridge overnight) and put it right into my oatmeal. So rich and so delicious! If you ever have a chance to purchase raw milk, I highly recommend it. Just make sure it comes from grass fed cows. It's always best to see the farm yourself, but if you have a local source that purchases from the farm, just do a little research to make sure you're getting quality milk! I can tell you that my family is officially hooked and we will enjoy raw milk for as long as we can.
P.S. It's also wonderfully cheap here in Germany! Only 50 euro cents per liter, so roughly $2.57 a gallon. That's the same price as conventional milk in California on sale and cheaper than conventional milk on the east coast of the United States!