As you may have heard, Soil Friends now has a dairy cow! Meet Pam.. she is such a sweetheart!

What is Raw Milk?

Raw milk is as fresh as it gets, straight from the cow’s udder to the bottle, to the fridge! It is also known as ‘unpasteurized’, which means it does not undergo ‘pasteurization’, a brief process of heating to 161 degrees to kill any germs that may exist in the milk, including beneficial probiotics. There are additional negative consequences of the pasteurization process.. from realmilk.com:

“Besides destroying part of the vitamin C contained in raw milk and encouraging growth of harmful bacteria, pasteurization turns the sugar of milk, known as lactose, into beta-lactose — which is far more soluble and therefore more rapidly absorbed in the system, with the result that the child soon becomes hungry again.

Probably pasteurization’s worst offence is that it makes insoluble the major part of the calcium contained in raw milk. This frequently leads to rickets, bad teeth, and nervous troubles, for sufficient calcium content is vital to children; and with the loss of phosphorus also associated with calcium, bone and brain formation suffer serious setbacks.

Pasteurization also destroys 20 percent of the iodine present in raw milk, causes constipation and generally takes from the milk its most vital qualities.”

But.. isn’t Raw Milk Dangerous?

Pasteurization does play an important role in eliminating dangerous germs from milk, if you need absolute peace of mind, raw milk may not be for you. However, the risk of contamination can be greatly reduced by ensuring a sterile milking process. Your safety is our absolute first concern, but providing nutrition is a close second! By avoiding contamination we can greatly minimize risks and provide you with a truly whole, nutrient-dense farm-fresh food source.

What’s in Raw Milk?

From Dr. Josh Axe:

Health Benefits of Raw Milk

With all of these fortifying nutrients, it’s not surprising that the list of health benefits of Raw Milk is so extensive:

Kefir: Pro Probiotics

Looking to squeeze all of the Probiotic advantages from your raw milk? We recommend trying Kefir! Kefir is a milk drink made with a specific grain and fermented, which in the process, makes the dairy easier to digest. For more information, see this page: https://www.healthambition.com/kefir-good-natural-source-probiotics/

Farm-fresh Raw Milk Shares

We are now excited to offer raw milk shares and further improve our farm-fresh offering to the community. Contact us for details!

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Hello everyone! In this week’s CSA share box we have:

And here’s some yummy recipes to get you inspired!

Spaghetti Squash “Carbonara” (by Emeril Legasse)



Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Frittata (by EatingWell Test Kitchen)



Easy and Delicious Pumpkin Mousse (by Alton Brown)



Pumpkin Seed Brittle (by Alton Brown)



Blossom Onions Grilled and Planked with Red Pepper Aioli (by Marie Renello)



Savory Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake (by Marie Renello)

And don’t forget, it’s that time of the year to sign up for next year’s CSA program! Ask us about our 10% discount through September and October!

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We grow what you want to eat!

Interested in getting the best, and prettiest produce from our farm and other local farms? Ask us about our 2017 CSA program! We are currently accepting new shareholders, but hurry, because space is limited!

Early-bird discount

We are offering a 10% discount through September and October, so be sure to sign up now to secure your spot and take full advantage of the discount!

CSA boxes from 2016

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Hello everyone! In this week’s CSA share box we have:

And here’s some yummy recipes to get you inspired!

Pear Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream (by Ree Drummond)



Cucumber Finger Sandwiches (by Ree Drummond)



Grilled Watermelon Salad (by Alton Brown)



Char-Grilled Garlicky Eggplant Dip (by Melissa D’Arabian)



Sweet and Hot Quick Pickled Green Beans (by Jeff Mauro)



Mexican Grilled Corn (by Tyler Florence)

And don’t forget, it’s that time of the year to sign up for next year’s CSA program! Ask us about our 10% discount through September and October!

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Hello everyone! In this week’s CSA share box we have:

And here’s some yummy recipes to get you inspired!

Upside-Down Tomato Tart (by Ally Phillips)



Lebanese Style Stuffed Eggplant (by Mellisa Roberts)



Crispy Roasted Kale (by Ina Garten)



Potato and Zucchini Frittata (by Food Network Kitchen)



Chinese Pepper Steak (by The Food Lab)



Bourbon, Peach and Ginger Jam (by Damaris Phillips)

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Hello everyone! In this week’s CSA share box we have:

And here’s some yummy recipes to get you inspired!

Garlic Dill Pickles (by Elanor Topp and Margaret Howard)



Stir-Fried Bok Choy with Ginger and Garlic (by Robin Miller)



Cole Slaw (by Robert Irvine)



Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers (by Ellie Krieger)



Shaved Eggplant Salad with Jalapeno spiced Orange dressing (by Brenda Anderson)



Red Onion Tomato Jam (by Alton Brown)