Raw Milk For Sale? Yep, in Bosque Farms! But is it healthy?

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Raw Milk

I never thought it was legal to sell raw milk. Surely that whole pasteurization process is what makes milk safe to drink, isn't it? I'd heard that you could, of course, milk your own cow and drink the stuff if you wanted to, but that you couldn't sell it to anyone else.

Turns out I was wrong, and Bosque Farms, New Mexico has its own little dairy that sells fresh, raw milk, but only in Valencia County!

I was alerted to this little gem of a dairy by a recent article in the Valencia County News Bulletin, which detailed the hands-on production at this little farm at 150 Country Lane in Bosque Farms. Turns out that Mark and Bernadette Simons and their children Luke Simons and Megan Ripper have a very limited quantity of both cow's milk and goat's milk that you can buy, fresh from the cow, the way our forefathers all drank their milk (with the cream rising to the top, mm-mm!) And, according to their "Raw Milk Dairy" website, their product is both completely legal and very healthy!

The Sunshine Dairy website notes that their farm's  milk parlor, milk processing room, and process of operations "are all audited and passed as part of the certification process which is required for the New Mexico State Department of Agriculture (NMDA) to issue us a permit to sell raw milk.  Requirements met include the Federal Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) and the additional requirements imposed on raw milk production." While they have not yet met the requirements to be "certified organic,"  their animalsare free of additives, hormones, or other manufactured production enhancement treatments.   

They provide further background, explaining that regulations requiring pasteurization initially became important because of huge "swill dairies" operating in New York State, which kept cows in complete confinement, being fed waste produced from alcohol manufacturing (swill).  The conditions were unsanitary, and the perfect breeding ground for diseases like brucellosis. Rural doctors, however, were, at the same time, touting the health benefits of raw milk produced from healthy, pastured cattle.

Still dubious? Apparently recent tests  from Organic Pastures dairy in California (www.organicpastures.com/faq.html), show that pathogen growth in healthy raw milk is less than in pasteurized milk. The Sunshine Dairy website gives details of their daily routine producing milk from their "girls," as they term their cow and goats, and also provides additional resources about the health benefits of properly produced raw milk vs. pasteurized milk:

www.realmilk.com/healthbenefits.html
www.raw-milk-facts.com
www.rawmilk.org
www.westonaprice.org

So, if you've ever had a hankering to once more experience that fresh milk you remember drinking back on Grandpa's farm in the old days, head on over to Bosque Farms, NM, and check out this little dairy operation!

For more information about Bosque Farms and VAlencia County, visit our website at www.ChoicesRealEstate.com, or contact me any time: 505-239-4796, Laura@LauraWarden.com

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Rainer
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Brian Warden
Choices Real Estate - Bosque Farms, NM

Raw milk does have a whole different (and better) taste than pasteurized! But this stuff is pretty pricey...

Jul 03, 2008 06:30 AM #1
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Circumlocation Netheads
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Sounds like a great, "back-to-nature" notion. Now if I just could stand the taste of milk...:)

Jul 03, 2008 07:20 AM #2
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Katerina Gasset
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I don' t drink any cow's milk or any meat from a cow. Caseine which is in all milk, it is a milk protein is a fertilizer for cancer. Read the book, The China Study by Dr Cambell or Campbell. I always forget which way to spell his name. This is the best book I have ever read on the subject of health. HE was commissioned by our government to study why the rates of cancer are so low among the Chinese who lived outside of cities. What he found would then be hidden from the public as it would destroy the dairy industry. We use rice milk.

But I agree, nothing that is pasteurized is good for you. The process kills all the good enzymes you need. It is better even to just eat fruit whole instead of in a juice, unless you juice it yourself. We don't have anything pasteurized in our home.

Jul 16, 2008 06:44 PM #3
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Laura Warden Nordin
Century 21 Camco Realty - Albuquerque, NM
30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate

I just bought a half gallon of this unpasteurized milk for the first time. Took it up to my doctor Dad, because he's always lamented that you can't get unpasteurized milk like he used to have from his grandparents' farm. I had a glass with him, even though I don't like drinking milk. It tasted quite different from the pasteurized, homogenized stuff you get at the supermarket. Sweeter... (maybe that's because the cream was still part of it?) Anyway, tasted great and didn't make me sick!

Jul 19, 2008 12:42 PM #4
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Mary Strang
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Living and working in a farming community, it is very common here to drink raw milk, as they say, right from the bulk tank. But then they know how their cows have been raised. Clean and healthy cows give safe milk. Unlike factory cow farms, where they pump antibiotics and BGH Bovine grown hormones into them.

Jul 20, 2008 03:30 AM #6
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Laura Warden Nordin
Century 21 Camco Realty - Albuquerque, NM
30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate

Mary, I agree. I felt fine about this local raw milk because it is coming from a local source that is not just a "single-herd dairy," but is actually a "single-cow dairy" (their other milk is goat's milk from their three dairy goats!)

Jul 24, 2008 09:59 AM #7
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Brenda Carus
Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate - Monroe, WI

I grew up drinking raw milk as a child on a dairy farm.  The taste is completely different from what is sold in the stores.  I remember being given pasteurized milk in school for the first time; I was shocked and refused to drink it because it tasted so bad. When my parents stopped dairying, I pretty much stopped consuming cow's milk.

Nowadays, my family does not drink cow's milk as a rule.  My husband gets a hankering for it occasionally and we go through a half gallon of organic or local stuff once every three or four months.  I would not hesistate to give the kids or hubby some raw milk for the experience is I knew the farm conditions.  It is just like the beef we eat - we want to know our cow, so to speak.

Jul 24, 2008 10:09 AM #8
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Vicki Burton
Southport Realty-Southport, North Carolina - Southport, NC
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I wish I could get it here. I've only had it a few times. I does taste different....really good and sweet.

Jul 24, 2008 10:17 AM #9
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Brian Warden
Choices Real Estate - Bosque Farms, NM

It does absolutely taste different. I got to like it one summer when I worked on a farm and was able to get mine "fresh from the cow."

Only real downside to this new little raw milk dairy is that the milk's pretty expensive.

Jul 24, 2008 11:09 AM #10
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So, I've got a question. I always thought it was not legal to sell unpasteurized milk. I've heard of folks who sell small (like 1%) "shares" of a dairy cow, so that all the "owners" can legally drink the unpasteurized milk from "their" cow. Is it possible to sell unpasteurized milk in other states, too? Or is this just a "New Mexico" thing? Anybody out there in Activerain-land know the answer?

Jul 24, 2008 12:14 PM #12
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Sabrina Kelley
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Woodland Park, CO
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Colorado is also seeing an emerging raw milk industry.

Apparently, raw milk is legal as long as it does not cross state lines.

Jul 25, 2008 07:03 AM #13
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Sabrina Kelley
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Woodland Park, CO
Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land

Colorado is also seeing an emerging raw milk industry.

Apparently, raw milk is legal as long as it does not cross state lines.

Jul 25, 2008 07:03 AM #14
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Laura Warden Nordin
Century 21 Camco Realty - Albuquerque, NM
30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate

It's a trend I'm happy to see. Wonder if it extends beyond our Rocky Mountain STates. Do the dairy capital states like Wisconsin have the same trend?

Jul 31, 2008 03:39 PM #15
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Emily Quintana

Laura,

Thank you for writing this post.  I have been searching on how to get real, raw milk for my family.  I was reading about it in this great book called Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.  I have 5 kids whom I have diligently fed store bought milk to for all of their young lives, plus I grew up drinking my share.  It is disappointing that this great drink isn't more readily available. I'd love to be able to purchase it for all of us, but we don't live close enough to this farm nor do we have the funds to purchase it.  Hopefully more people will provide this wonderful stuff for us non-cow-owning city-folks.  And thanks for spreading the word that this drink really is healthy.

Aug 04, 2008 02:11 AM #16
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Laura Warden Nordin
Century 21 Camco Realty - Albuquerque, NM
30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate

Eloise, it's certainly ture that in buying milk from huge commercial concerns you'd want to have it pasteurized; they mix the milk from thousands of cows from many huge dairies. If even one cow is sick, or the santary procedures broke down in the milking of one cow, the tainted milk could infect the whole batch, I suppose.

But if the cow is healthy, and the proper sanitary precautions are being followed, the raw milk is actually healthier. Or so says my doctor dad...

Emily, you're right, the higher price is a drawback, especially if you're needing quantities enough for 5 kids.

I've heard of groups that let you "buy" a small portion of a cow, and get the milk regularly. If there's anyone doing that near you it might be a more cost-effective way of getting raw milk for your kids.

Aug 06, 2008 02:03 PM #18
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