What's Really Going On With Your Raw Milk?
Brian Shilhavy at Healthy Traditions has visited California's certified raw milk producers and shares surprising details about their operations: Certified Raw Milk in California: Visits to the Two Raw Milk Dairies.
Producing Pure and Natural, Raw Dairy Products Since 1927
The historic Claravale Farm is dedicated to producing the highest quality dairy products using simple, old fashioned, natural methods.
Whatís So Special About Claravale Farm Milk?
Itís fresh. Claravale Farm milk is often sold the day it comes out of the cow and is never more than a few days old. Other milk can be up to a month old before it reaches the supermarket shelf.
Itís high quality, Jersey milk. Claravale Farm milk comes from Jersey cows. This breed is world renowned for the quality of its milk, which contains higher concentrations of proteins, solids, butterfat, and beta-caroteen than other breeds. Milk sold in supermarkets comes mostly from Holsteins, which produce larger quantities of more watery milk. Due to their breeding, Holstein milk also contains higher levels of Bovine Growth Hormone than Jersey milk.
Itís natural. Claravale Farm whole milk is entirely natural. Only the cream has been removed from our nonfat milk.
Itís unprocessed. Claravale Farm milk goes from the cow, to the bottle, to you. Other milk may be pasteurized (cooked), homogenized (processed so the cream wonít rise to the top), adulterated with synthetic vitamins and other additives, and standardized. Standardization is the process used by all major producers where milk is separated into its constituent solids and fat, partially dehydrated, and then mixed back together to form a product which just conforms to minimum legal limits for milk. At Claravale Farm we bottle the milk directly from the cow.
Itís unadulterated. With the exception of removing the cream from our nonfat milk, Claravale Farm milk has not been altered in any way. We add nothing to it nor do we take anything out of it.
Itís nutritious. Claravale Farm milk is raw milk. The natural nutrients, vitamins, and enzymes it contains have not been destroyed or altered by cooking, as is the case with pasteurized products.
Itís marketed direct. We bottle and market the milk ourselves, so we have control over every step of the process. This allows us to produce a quality product and get it to you quickly. Most other producers sell their milk to cooperatives who sell it to processors who sell it to distributors who sell it to markets who sell it to you. Milk from other producers goes through many hands before you get it and is distributed over large areas.
Itís clean. Cleanliness standards for raw milk are stricter than for pasteurized products. Claravale Farm milk is inspected regularly by the California Department of Agriculture and the state veterinarian.
Itís ethically produced. At Claravale Farm we treat our cows with old fashioned kindness and respect. We feed them nothing but hay, pasture, and grain and house them in comfortable quarters. We never use hormones or other substances to artificially increase milk production. Our milk comes in returnable glass bottles which never need to go to the landfill and we use environmentally friendly dairying methods.
It tastes great. Because Claravale Farm milk is natural, pure, clean, and fresh, it tastes wonderful.
Itís real milk. Because it is not processed or adulterated, Claravale Farm milk is the last real, honest milk you can buy.