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Though it’s been some time since my last post, I wanted to let you know that we did make it out to the Raw Milk Dairy Days open house at The Robinson Farm. The afternoon was beautiful (I wish I’d brought my camera). This place was much easier to get to than Misty Brook Farm, which makes a difference when thinking about weekly excursions to buy milk. We’d only planned on going to buy milk and get out of there, but we got suckered into doing their walking tour. (By suckered, I mean we were handed a map by the nice lady at the welcome desk.) That was interesting. The tour, which we did on our own, commenced near  one of the pastures where a group of cows was hanging out. On the way to those cows, we observed several chickens and roosters roaming in small fenced-in areas, foraging for bugs. We stood there in the afternoon sun, along with a family, watching the cows attempt to shake flies off their faces. One cow even peed on another one. A bolder cow approached the father of the family and licked the crap out of his hand. I really wanted to pet that cow, but as we started to make our way toward the next pasture, he seemed to get a little skittish.

The next stop was another pasture where some calves were hanging out. I’m not sure if they were the veal cows (I hope not) or just up-and-coming milking cows. The map did distinguish between the two, but as it’s been a month since we walked through these pastures, my mind’s a little rusty. (Makes me wonder what the state of my mind will be in 20 years.)

Across a side street was another enormous pasture. Despite the pasture’s size, the cows were once again gathered in one large clump behind some trees, completely inaccessible to us. By the time we made it through that pasture, I wished I’d brought my sunglasses. Toward the end of the tour, we passed another small enclosure with more calves.

Our walking tour finished, we went to check out the farm stand. Like the one at Misty Brook Farm, it was a small barn/shack with fridges and buckets of fruit and vegetables. It was also a self-serve type arrangement. At least this place had a scale, so we could really weigh our produce and pay accurately. At the time, we only got milk and cheese. We decided to try their “A Barndance” cheese, which is similar to French Abondance. Can you say YUM? That stuff was amazing. Great Panini cheese. Anyway, we wrote out a check for the cheese and two gallons of milk and headed home.

The milk at The Robinson Farm is sold in the plastic half-gallon and gallon containers and is significantly less expensive than the milk from Misty Brook. (I’ll also mention it’s a lot easier to pour when it’s not in a glass jar.) Now don’t go assuming their raw milk is cheap; it’s still costlier than the pasteurized stuff you get at the grocery store (even the organic milk).

All things being equal, my preference is for the Misty Brook Farm raw milk. Maybe it’s the glass containers, but to me it tastes slightly better. Unfortunately, not everything’s equal. The Robinson Farm is closer and easier to get to. Their farm stand is larger and better equipped to handle consumers. And their milk is less expensive and is sold by the gallon. So if we’re going to be drinking raw milk regularly, we’ll probably be heading to The Robinson Farm. And next time, I’m going to bring my camera, so I can take pictures of their traditional red barn.

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