At this time, we are not accepting new Herd Share members. We expect to have slots available in the spring of 2020. Please contact us for more information.
Raw milk. If you are a milk drinker, and you've never experienced milk straight from the cow, you're missing out.
But raw milk will make you sick, they say.
Raw milk from cows and goats that spend their days roaming a grassy field is not only nutritious but also, when collected with the highest standards of cleanliness, safe to drink. We take cleanliness seriously, from the animals to the equipment. And the result is pure, clean, healthy, delicious milk. In fact, there are indications that cow milk that hasn't been homogenized (the mechanical process of breaking up the fat in the milk so that the cream doesn't separate) is healthier than it's homogenized brother. Below is an excerpt from this article:
"The natural homogenization of goat milk is, from a human health standpoint, much better than the mechanically homogenized cow milk product. It appears that when fat globules are forcibly broken up by mechanical means, it allows an enzyme associated with milk fat, known as xanthine oxidase to become free and penetrate the intestinal wall. Once xanthine oxidase gets through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream, it is capable of creating scar damage to the heart and arteries, which in turn may stimulate the body to release cholesterol into the blood in an attempt to lay a protective fatty material on the scarred areas. This can lead to arteriosclerosis."
As with any food product, there is risk associated with drinking raw milk. You will have to determine if the risk is worth the reward.
It is not legal to sell raw milk in North Carolina for human consumption (and we do not have a pet food license to sell it as pet food), but if you are part owner of the herd, you can pick up milk from the farm and do what you wish with it. We harvest milk the same way every single time, upholding our standards for cleanliness.
There is an initial fee (share price) to buy into the herd, which includes your portion of the herd and your starter bottling kit (six half gallon jars and plastic lids).
A share entitles you to one gallon of milk per week (based on average output from the herd - sometimes there may be more available). Once you buy into the herd, you then pay a monthly boarding fee which covers the monthly expenses for feed, hay, milking supplies, cleaning supplies and labor to harvest and bottle the milk. You can read more about how we handle herd shares for cows here.
Due to the yield difference, we handle our goat shares a little differently. You can read more about goat shares here. For more information on buying into the herd, please contact us.