Welcome!!! We are loving this wholesome delicious food and are happy to have you with us! Here are the details…
☀️ ABOUT THE FARMERS & FARM
Our farmers are a young Amish couple in their 20s, 2 children, and rarin’ to go with this raw milk production! I’ve been to their house many times, eaten at their table and we practically live on their products!
I don’t mention their names to protect them.
Sourdough toast with butter and chevre just cannot be beat for a healthy snack! And the cinnamon rolls (made with sourdough) are freaking awesome especially with chevre. I try not to eat more than 3 at a time… 😇
They were conventional dairy farmers for several years and were losing their shirts. They eat and live organically and wanted to do raw milk and products (plus want to eventually add grass-fed/pastured meats). The money finally got so bad in conventional, they had to make a change or (literally) lose the farm. So they jumped.
All of their cows are A2. They are working toward being 100% grain-free, you can’t make this change all at once. It is gradual and will probably take about two years to completely be grain-free. They are also growing their own organic hay to supplement in winter.
In the meantime, they are currently feeding non-GMO grains* and non-gmo/non-sprayed hay.
*The grain they have right now is from a local supplier. They found out after-the-fact that the ground was sprayed with atrazine before the non-GMO corn was planted. This is standard operating procedure with corn, unfortunately. They won’t be buying this again.
While farming conventionally, they kept the cows in the barn most of the day. Now they are keeping the cows outside most of the day. On rainy muddy days, the cows are out only a few hours because the farmers are intent on building up the grass in their fields. If the cows are trampling on the fields keeping them muddy, the grass won’t be as good. It’s a give and take right now… the goal is to pasture the cows all day everyday.
They are members of Farm to Consumer, have read Joel Salatin’s books, get the ACRES USA magazine every month, I give them the WAPF journals and they are contacting Mark McAfee’s Raw Milk Institute to become a member.
While working with conventional dairy, their milk was tested EVERY OTHER DAY for 6 years and always came out clean, never a problem.
☀️ PRODUCT LIST
Here’s the list so far. (This is the “place your order here” graphic you will see on FB/Signal on Saturdays.)
Please note: Shares are $7 each and these prices are for reference only. Once you sign the contract, you are part-owner of the herd and get to partake of what the herd produces.
☀️ HERD SHARE AGREEMENT
You’ll join the Herd Share. You are basically leasing the herd and you can then partake of what the herd produces.
There is a one-time $30 fee that puts you in the herd share. Then you order what you want when you want.
The herd share agreement is here: http://bit.ly/mistyherd
Please print and sign the herd share agreement and the bill of sale. You can pay via the $30 via PayPal and leave the signed documents at the drop off.
To email@example.com, choose to send “friends and family” (NOT “business and services”). If the farmers are charged a fee, we will have to charge it back to you. Thank you for your understanding.
☀️ HOW TO ORDER
Please order in the weekly FB thread or via text on Signal. You’ll see the graphic above with the delivery date on it. The orders need to be in the one of these two places so we can stay organized.
Orders must be placed by Monday NOON latest. They are Amish, they call me on Monday evening and I can’t call them. For late orders or changes, I’d have to drive to the farm, an hour round trip.
Signal is encrypted chat/phone calls and is available for iPhone and Android and, once it’s on your phone, you can add to your desktop.
☀️ DELIVERY DAY
Deliveries are Thursday before 2pm and as early as I can get there. I will let you know ETA as soon as I leave the farm.
There is a $5/month delivery fee due with your first order.
☀️ DROP LOCATIONS
- Mt. Sterling — Bekah Joy
- Winchester — Molly Stotts
- Lexington — Bethany Clark (off Liberty Rd between New Circle and MoWar)
- Versailles — Newton’s Attic (on Versailles road just past the airport)
Tell me which location is best for you and I’ll get you the exact address.
Looking for Morehead, Owingsville. If you are interested in being a drop, PM me!
☀️ ABOUT MILK BOTTLES
You’ll need 3 sets of bottles in rotation. The farmer will provide the first set for $2.50 a jar and lid. This is basically cost, you are not paying anything additional.
The first time you pick up milk, please leave your bottles at the drop point.
If you want to buy 4 sets so there is always one at the farm, that would be great!
PLEASE leave your bottles in a bag, if you can. If a plastic bag, tie it so that the bottles move as little as possible. If you can get the bags in the pic below, it would be good to have 2 of these in rotation with your jars. You’ll deliver your bottles in them, I’ll pick up and return when I deliver your milk. (I don’t think these flimsy bags will hold the full bottles, but they are compact and perfect for handling the empties.)
I think these are available at Good Foods and Whole Foods for a pretty cheap price. Not critical at all but handy!
Occasionally bottles break and get lost. If the farmer has to use a new bottle, he will add $2.50 to your bill. This is very rare and we are careful!
Make sure your lids have your name in permanent marker on the top. It does wash off so keep your marker handy.
Here’s a basic tutorial on cleaning milk bottles.
The two biggest points:
- MAKE SURE YOUR BOTTLES ARE COMPLETELY DRY BEFORE CAPPING! Otherwise, that little bit of water will turn swampy in a few hours. Try it at home: cap a damp jar, wait a couple of days, open and sniff. Trust me, you don’t want milk in that jar!!!
- Rinse with cold water first, then clean. Otherwise, you’ll get “milk glue”: a white residue that you cannot get off till it wears off!
Where to Buy BOTTLES
We use 1/2 Gallon ball jars. You can get them at Walmart, Tractor Supply, Meier’s, Rural King, sometimes Lowe’s… Tractor Supply is probably the best bet. They come in a box of 6, around $12.
You can also get on Amazon but they are twice as expensive: Wide Mouth 1/2 Gallon Ball Jars https://amzn.to/2Uqf4r0
The jars come with metal lids but they rust so you want to buy plastic. These are available the same places as the jars. You can get the Ball jar brand or buy the knock-offs which are a lot cheaper, like $2.50 for 5 lids. I usually buy several packs when I can get them.
Here they are on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2FV3q3F
☀️ Please ask in the comments or contact me — my contact info is at the top of every page!