I just bought a house in a pretty rural area, neighboring a Mennonite dairy farm (mechanized - they’re not Old Order). I asked him today if he sells milk, as I’ve seen Old Order women walking by, carrying jugs of milk. And he does. It’s $1.50/gallon, bring you own jug. He told me to stop by after 5:00 any day (that’s when they’re done milking) and he’d fill it for me, right out of the tank.
I’m excited. Fresh milk for $1.50 a gallon!
But it’s not pasteurized. I asked the farmer whether I should buy a one of those little pasteurizers, and he laughed at me. He drinks it raw. His family drinks it raw. And I’m sure his Old Order customers all drink it raw. He seemed to think the very idea of pasteurizing it was absurd.
The raw milk sites I’m reading place a lot of emphasis on cleanliness issues, antibiotics, hormones, etc. I get the impression this might be an ordinary dairy farm in that regard. On the other hand, I see the cows out grazing every day and it looks to me like there’s maybe only 30 to 50 of them – it’s not a huge, industrial farm.
My question is, would you drink it raw?
Would you buy a pasteurizer? I see them on eBay for around $100, but i really like the taste of raw milk.