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.
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.
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 order days.)
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 agreements are 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.
Pay to firstname.lastname@example.org. PayPal wants to charge a fee and we want to avoid that 🙂 PayPal does NOT make this obvious 🙄 & will change the way you pay without notice, so you ALWAYS have to look.
Here’s what to look for and what to change so that the farmers are never charged a fee!
1. In the first photo, you might see a shopping cart next to the word “Purchase” with the Shipping Address. That means PayPal sees this as a sale and will charge the seller a fee for the transaction. (You never see this amount because it’s being charged to the seller, not to you.) Click “Change”.
2. In the 2nd photo, the top box is what you have currently chosen. When you Purchase something using PP, you get insurance and that’s why the fee.The bottom option is “Send to someone you trust” — click that!
3. In the 3rd photo, the “Send to someone you trust” box is opened up. Click “Continue”.
4. In the 4th photo, it now says “sending to a friend” and no shopping cart, no shipping address. It also shows you the bank/acct from which you are sending. NO fee – yay!!!
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. I’ll do a new post each weekend and you’ll order in the comments. You’ll see the graphic above with the delivery date on it.
I’ll do the math and post as a reply to your order, then you can pay via PayPal. You can do the math, too, and pay before I get to it. I just need a record and this is the simplest way for me.
Orders must be placed by Monday NOON latest. They are Amish, they call me on Monday evening to get the orders. I can’t call them and there is no way to get orders to them after Monday.
☀️ 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 each month.
☀️ DROP LOCATIONS
- Mt. Sterling
- Lexington — off Liberty Rd between New Circle and MoW
- Lexington — Newton’s Attic on Versailles road (just past the airport)
- Morehead — meet at 5:30 Friday pm when there are orders
Tell me which location is best for you and I’ll get you the exact address.
Looking for Owingsville. If you are interested in being a drop, PM me!
☀️ ABOUT MILK BOTTLES
The first two weeks, your milk will be delivered in a white plastic jug. You can get your milk in a plastic jug every week or in 1/2 gallon glass Mason jars, whichever you prefer.
If using jars, you’ll need 3 sets of bottles in rotation (4 is better): one at the farm ready to be filled, one in your fridge with milk and one in my car — I drop the bottles at the farm when I pick up the milk. (I only go to the farm once a week.)
The first time you pick up milk, please leave all your bottles at the drop point IN A STURDY BAG. You’ll actually need 3 bags to keep in rotation with your jars. You’ll get a bag back every week at milk pickup.
- At Liberty Rd, there is a big green plastic container next to the cooler. Please leave your bottles in there.
- At Newton’s Attic, there is a big blue cooler near the fridge. Please leave your bottles in there.
You want a sturdy bag. Tractor Supply sells sturdy bags for $1.29 or you get a better one like in the pic below. Write your name on the bag!
Occasionally bottles break. 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. You can use plastic lids or metal lids, whichever you prefer!
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/mason jars. You can get them at Walmart, Tractor Supply, Meier’s, Rural King, sometimes Lowe’s… 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 and these are fine (though they may rust over time). Plastic lids 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!