For National Dairy Month, we’d like to talk a bit about some of our favorite milk and milk products: those that come from 100% grass-fed cows.
The reasons for our passionate support of these products are two-fold. First, there’s nutrition. One study showed that organic whole milk from grass-fed cows contains more than 60% more omega-3 fats and 25% fewer omega-6 ones than conventional milk (a ratio of more omega-3s and fewer omega-6s is a formula for lowering risk of chronic disease). A study in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that consuming grass-fed milk products also means a boost of certain important nutrients, especially iron and vitamin E.
Second, grass-fed milk is better for the environment. In order to produce the highest-quality milk, pasture-fed cows are moved to different pastures throughout the season, a pattern that prevents overgrazing, creates healthier water tables, puts carbon back in the soil by increasing grass production, and improves the health of grazing land.
Our Milks Are Better
At Rising Tide, we’re proud to carry a variety of grass-fed milk products from family-owned farm cooperative Organic Valley, along with smaller, artisanal dairy companies like Pennsylvania’s Trickling Springs Creamery, and Maple Hill Creamery, based locally right here in New York State. The standards these companies adhere to are outstanding. Click here for a look at what food and farm policy watchdog group Cornucopia Institute has to say regarding the many dairy companies on the market. (Hint: the Big Food options don’t fare well!)
We’ve also got a bunch of grass-fed milk CHEESES that you will want to work your way through (take your time; enjoy yourself!):
Maple Hill Stone Creek Cheddar
Maple Hill One Year Cheddar
Maple Hill Dharma Lea Dutch (Gouda style)
5 Spoke Creamery raw milk Harvest Moon
Diva Cheese, made with certified mountain meadow milk from the UNESCO Biosphere Mountain Dairy in the heart of Switzerland.
***GRASS-FED DAIRY ON SALE***
Maple Hill grass-fed Kefir in Plain and Strawberry are on sale all month. reg. $5.99, ON SALE $3.99.