There is a growing movement to appreciate and protect artisan cheese heritage, against the pressure to industrialise, and the foisting of restrictive food safety regulations ill-suited to the needs, and conditions of small-scale dairy producers.
David, Liz and son Chris Wines operate this family farm in Northville, New York, on the north fork of Long Island. The Riverhead, New York state farm began selling regulated, unpasteurized milk in 2011 and is currently the only raw milk dairy on Long Island.
Daloris Jersey Dairy is a small, family run operation in Rigby, Eastern Idaho. On their website they say that they try to keep things simple, healthy, clean and fresh and RAW MILK is now their specialty.
Old Hall Farm is a micro dairy of Jersey cows that started selling raw milk in May 2017. The Mayhews saw it as an opportunity to diversify. They are now selling milk at the farm gate and at the farmers market.
Gelli Farm has diversified by selling raw milk from pedigree Ayrshire cows via the vending machine. After a long period of low milk prices they realised that making a change was crucial to avoid selling their beautiful herd of Ayrshire cows.
Sustainable farming is under pressure, however farmers keep farming because they get immense satisfaction from being in harmony with nature. Customers love the nutrient-dense food they provide.
Raw milk in Connecticut is exclusively produced by small, local farms and its fans often highly value their connection to the farmer. The milk is sold from the farmer's market, from a farm stand or a retail store.
The Pemberton family have been farming in Lancashire, England for over 130 years. They are one of the oldest farming families. Now they have diversified with a raw milk vending machine and a new farm shop.
In many farming communities it is accepted that raw milk is a beneficial food. Even research show that farmers and their children enjoy protection from asthma and allergies due to raw milk consumption.
Ben and Kristen are selling shares in their herd of 100% grass-fed Jersey cows in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. They are now producing a great quality raw milk because of adopting the standards of another state.
This farm in England installed a raw milk vending machine after a hard couple of years for farmers and hopes to sell at least 50 litres a day to top up what they had lost in recent years.
According to the Food Standards Agency the main benefit of selling raw milk direct is for farmers to get a fairer price for the milk. It is produced under strict quality procedures and sold direct to the consumer.
Mark Lopez is an ex-veterinarian who utilised his experience to produce excellent quality raw dairy products from grass-fed Ayrshire cows. After almost a decade he knows the value of the food he is producing for the local community.
Hilltop Dairy Farm has deep roots in dairy farming since 1880. The farm embraced changed and now the consumer connection has been revived with the launch of Moo Cow Raw Milk.
William and Alex Wales of Norfolk joined the steady RAW MILK revolution by installing a milk vending machine on their farm rather than leaving the industry. Alex admits that it is selling better than expected.
Weir's Organic Raw Milk was named Best Food and Drink product at the Balmoral show, Northern Ireland's biggest food and farming event. The show attracted over 100,000 people from all over the UK.
This farm has a unique history rooted deep in their community and in food of value. The Alexander family in Richmond, Virginia operate a cow share program along with other pastured products.
The Coursey's dream to farm started in 2008 after contemplating what to do in their retirement years. For almost a decade now they have been selling raw goat's milk directly to the consumer and loving it.
Rosie and Dave milk Guernsey cows and have been selling their raw milk for over 20 years direct to the consumer. The last 15 years they've been selling their raw dairy on a weekly basis at the London Farmers' Markets.
Brothers Andrew and Henry Sturrock started to sell raw drinking milk in August 2016 from the raw milk vending machine direct to the public.
The farm was one of the first in the area to diversify with the DF Italia vending machine supplying raw, unpasteurised milk to the community. He bought the machine after seeing a story on the BBC's Countryfile about Suffolk Fen Farm Dairy, who was the distributor for the vending machine at the time (the story is not available for view in Australia). Another reason why Andrew decided to diversify is because of the low farm gate prices paid for milk. According to
this article, Home Farm is also within close proximity to the village of Hartlepool being just off the A19, and the cows can be seen from the road grazing in the field. The 150-cow herd is milk twice daily, is filtered and chilled to three degrees and then it’s put into the vending machine every night.
Andrew said that the reaction from customers have been very positive. People love the taste and keep coming back. Customers have a choice between glass and plastic in one or two litre bottles. They simply put their money in and push a button to fill up. They are the only vendors of raw milk in the Teeside and Country Durham area. Watch the TeesideLive story below:
Home Farm Elwick Raw milk: