Our Saturday beach plans were cancelled due to rain at the beach and left us looking for a family Saturday morning adventure. We ended up at a farm. Not just any farm: Calico Dairy Farm. A raw milk farm. Now, I have dairy farmers in my family, and I grew up visiting a dairy farm so this was nastalgic for me. Not to mention Westley LOVED all the animals (he is a pro at horse and cow sounds).
After petting the calves and admiring the horses, we went into the dairy shop. It was a small country barn room with coolers full of milk, kiefer, cheese, and fudgie milk. All raw meaning it is not pasteurized.
Pasteurization has been used since the late 1800s to prevent food borne illness such as E. Coli, Salmonella, and Listeria. Pasteurization was invented by Louis Pastuer know as the father of microbiology. This made huge advances in preventative medicine in his day.
The process of pasuerization is simple, heat the milk to 72 degrees Celcius for 15 minutes which kills enough bacteria to decrease food born illness while maintaining the nutritional compisition, appearance and flavor.
This process does not alter the product to be less healthy. We do not know of any health benefits to raw milk. But I get it, some people do not want anyone altering their milk in any way. However these people also have no intention of milking their own cow! Hence, Calico Raw Milk Farm sustains itself.
You can purchase a gallon of raw whole milk for $9.00 per gallon. It is fresh, thick and all natural. The experience of going to the farm to pick up your milk is fun and entertaining for the kids making it worth the extra money for the milk.
I am aware that the FDA warns against drinking raw milk due to the food born illness risk and I would definitely advise against pregnant women and children less than 1 drinking raw milk. Listeria could be deadly for a baby in utero and I don't take that lightly. It is never worth risking the life of an unborn child. But for the rest of us, a reputable vender (Calico farms has samples tested monthly by the FDA) it could be a fun family experience.
We had a great time, enjoyed the animals and became acquainted with "fudgie milk" which is "better than chocolate milk." If you ever get the chance to be in Conroe, Texas, you will have to give it a try. I want my son to know where food comes from - animals and plants, not Kroger. He doesn't get it yet, but I will definitely take him back when he is older.
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