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Information About Raw Milk for Consumers

Look for the label. Farmers complying with DAR regulations must have a label on all of their bottles reading ""Raw milk is not pasteurized. Pasteurization destroys organisms that may be harmful to human health." To learn more about raw milk, including why it is important to buy only from certified farms in Massachusetts, please see this Wikipedia article.

The FDA's position is that "Raw milk, no matter how carefully produced, may be unsafe." Their warnings are available here.

As with all whole, living foods, NOFA suggests you know the animal care standards and sanitary practices of your milk producer. To get a sense of their practices, ask them some questions:

  • Are you approved by the DAR to sell raw milk directly to consumers?
  • Are your cows grass-fed (pasture in the summer and primarily hay or baleage in the winter)?
  • Do you use pesticides, herbicides, hormone supplements or antibiotics?
  • If you live in a township in Massachusetts where raw milk sales are banned, call a member of your township's Board of Health and request a copy of the bylaw that bans raw milk. You can find your Board of Health's contact information through the Massachusetts Health Officers Association.

The publication 'Safe Handling - Consumers' Guide Preserving the Quality of Fresh, Unprocessed Whole Milk' offers simple procedures for maintaining the quality of fresh, living (raw) milk to consumers who strive to take responsibility for the food they eat. It gives an overview of the best practices of a dairy farm which are in the purview of the farmer. It then goes on to describe hygienic measures the consumer can follow in the cleaning of milk containers, dispensing and transporting milk, and finally storing milk for consumption at home. It is available for purchase from the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

 

List of Massachusetts Raw Milk Dairies

The NOFA/Massachusetts Raw Milk Network works with dairies that are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) to sell raw milk on their farm. The dairies listed here meet that criteria, and provided us with the following additional information:

Milk Available: Seasonal or Year-round
Grazing and Feeding Management
The dairy farms listed on the NOFA/Mass website have chosen from the descriptions below Within the definition of "grass-fed" is a range of practices

  • 100% grass-fed: Cows eat only grass all year long.
  • Grass-fed with supplemental grain in winter: Cows eat only grass during the months it is available, typically March thru November, and during the winter eat hay and forage with small amounts of grain.
  • Mostly grass with occasional grain: Cows eat grass and grain from March thru November, and during the winter eat hay or forage with grain.
  • Not pasture-based: Cows primarily without access to pasture.

Herd Health

  • No BST: Cows are not given the BST growth hormone
  • No Antibiotics: Cows are not treated with antibiotics

Notes on management methods have been provided by the farms and have not been independently verified by NOFA/Mass.

Map of the raw milk dairies in Massachusetts

View Raw Milk Dairies in Massachusetts in a larger map


Western Massachusetts

Blue Hill Farm
Sean Stanton
PO Box 61
Great Barrington, MA, 01230
413-429-6598
www.northplainfarm.com
seanstanton@hotmail.com
Milk available: Seasonal
Grazing and Feeding Management: 100% grass-fed
Herd Health: No BST, No Antibiotics

Cook Farm and Flayvors of Cook Farm
Beth Cook
129 South Maple St.
Hadley, MA, 01035
413-584-2224
www.cookfarm.com
cookfarm@crocker.com
Milk available: Year-round
Grazing and feeding management: Not pasture based
Herd health: No BST

Cream of the Crop Farm
601 Blandford Rd
Russell, MA 01071
413-297-6037
jerald@countrysidewoodcraft.net
7:00 AM to 7 PM Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday
Milk available: Year-round
Grazing and feeding management: Grassfed with occasional small amounts of grain
Herd health: No BST. Antibiotics rarely, as needed.

Cricket Creek Farm
Lesley Graham and Topher Sabot
1255 Oblong Rd
Williamstown, MA, 01267
413-458-5888
www.cricketcreekfarm.com
info@cricketcreekfarm.com
Milk Available: Year Round
Grazing and Feeding Management: Mostly grass with occasional grain Herd Health: No BST, Very limited antibiotics

Davenport Maple Farm
Norm and Lisa Davenport
111 Tower Rd
Shelburne, MA, 01370
413-625-2866
davenportmaple@yahoo.com
Milk available: Year-round
Grazing and Feeding Management: 100% grass-fed

Northfield Mount Herman School Farm
Richard Odman and Rachel Onuf
1 Lamplighter Way
Mount Hermon, MA, 01354
413-498-3467
www.nmhschool.org/farm/
rodman@nmhschool.org
Grazing and Feeding Management: Mostly grass with occasional grain.

Rock Paper Scissors Goat Dairy
Angie Arahood & Lee Lewis
11 Porter Hill Road
Cummington, MA 01026
413-634-5099
rockpaperscissorsgoatdairy.com
rockpaperscissorsgoatdairy@gmail.com
Milk available: Seasonal CSA; Seasonal Public Sales
Grazing and Feeding Management: Mostly browse with occasional organic grain. Herd Health: No BST, Very Limited Antibiotics (Treatment only when necessary to save an animal)

Sidehill Farm
Amy Klippenstein and Paul Lacinski
58 Forget Rd.
Hawley, MA
413-339-0033
www.sidehillfarm.net
info@sidehillfarm.net
Milk available: Seasonal
Grazing and Feeding Management: Grass-fed
Herd Health: No BST, No Antibiotics

Stony Creek Farm
Gabriella Steria
13 Chamberlain Rd.
Montgomery, MA 01050
413-862-4039
Milk available: year-round
Grazing and feeding management: Grass-Fed with supplemental grain
Herd Health: no hormones, no antibiotics
Goat Milk Only

Taproot Commons Farm
Sarah Fournier-Scanlon
11 Porter Hill Road
Cummington, MA 01026
413-634-5452
www.taprootcommons.org
taprootcommons@gmail.com
Milk available: Year-Round CSA; Seasonal Public Sales
Grazing and Feeding Management: Mostly grass with occasional certified organic grain. Herd Health: No BST, No Antibiotics

Twin Rivers Farm
Robert and Martha Kilmer
PO Box 408, 1272 Rannapo Rd
Ashley Falls, MA, 01222
413-229-7932
mk0257@yahoo.com
Herd Health: No BST

Upinngil Land of Milk and Honey
Clifford Hatch
411 Main Rd
Gill, MA, 01354
413-863-2297
www.upinngil.com
pickens@crocker.com
Milk available: Year-round
Grazing and Feeding Management: Grass-fed with supplemental grain in winter
Herd Health: No BST, No Antibiotics


Central Massachusetts

Carter & Stevens Farm
Molly, Will, and Phil Stevens
500 West St (rt 122)
Barre MA 01005
978-355-4940
www.CarterAndStevensFarm.com
carterandstevensfarm@gmail.com
Milk available: Year Round
Grazing and Feeding Management: Mostly Grass with occasional grain
Herd Health: No BST, Antibiotics only used in life threatening emergencies

Chase Hill Farm
Mark and Jeanettte Fellows
74 Chase Hill Rd
Warwick, MA, 01378
978-544-6327
www.chasehillfarm.com/
chasehillfarm@gmail.com
Milk available: Seasonal
Grazing and Feeding Management: 100% grass-fed
Herd Health: No BST, No Antibiotics, Certified Organic

Rocky Acres Farms
Bob and Martha Richardson
690 Coy Hill Rd.
Warren, MA, 01083
413-436-5806
Milk Available: Seasonal (late March to December)
Grazing and Feeding Management: Mostly grass with occasional grain
Herd Health: No BST

Robinson Farm
Ray and Pam Robinson
42 Jackson Rd. PO Box 94
Hardwick, MA, 01037
413-477-6988
www.robinsonfarm.org
info@robinsonfarm.org
Milk available: Year-round
Grazing and Feeding Management: 100% grass-fed
Herd Health: No BST, No Antibiotics, Certified Organic

Smokeyfield Farm
830 Springhill  Rd
Barre, MA 01005
978-790-8087
www.smokeyfieldfarm.com
smokeyfieldfarm@hotmail.com
Milk available: Year-round
Grazing and Feeding Management: Grass fed guernsey milk
Herd Health: No BST

Summit Farm
Mary Jones
40 Hardwick Rd
New Braintree, MA 01531
508-867-7303
Grazing and Feeding Management: Pastured in summer, organic hay and all natural grain.
Herd Health: No hormones or antibiotics.
Goat milk only. Call ahead.

Walnut Lane Farm
Jim & Krisanne Koebke & Family
33 Koebke Rd.
Dudley, MA 01571
508-949-2043
ameradaholsteins@charter.net
Milk available: Year round
Grazing: Mostly grass with occasional grain
Herd Health: No BST, Minimal, responsible use of antibiotics

 

Eastern Massachusetts

Artichoke Dairy Farm
Bruce Colby
Rogers Street
West Newbury, MA  01985
Milk available:  Year-round
Grazing and Feed Management: mostly grass with occasional grain
Herd Health:  No BST

Eastleigh Farm
1062 Edmands Road
Framingham, MA 01701
508-877-1753
www.eastleighfarm.com

eastleighfarm@gmail.com

Milk available year-round
Grazing and Feeding Management: Grass-fed with supplemental grain in winter
Herd Health: No BST


The Grey Barn
Eric and Molly Glasgow
22 South Road
Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535
508-645-4854
www.thegreybarnandfarm.com
eric@thegreybarnandfarm.com
Milk available year-round
Grazing and Feeding Management: 100% grass-fed, transitioning to organic

The Herb Hill Micro-Dairy
Lucy McKain
320 High Plain Road
Andover, MA 01810
978-475-7931
LucyMcKain@verizon.net
Milk available: Seasonal
Grazing and Feeding Management: Grass-fed with supplemental grain Herd Health: No hormones or antibiotics
Goat milk only

Mermaid Farm & Dairy
Allen Healy
9 Middle Rd.
Chilmark, MA, 02535
508-645-3492
mermaidfarm@comcast.net
Grazing and Feeding Management: Mostly grass with occasional grain.

Oake Knoll Ayrshires
Theresa Lawton
70 North St
Foxboro, MA, 02035
774-219-6257
oake_knoll_ayrshires@lawtonsfamilyfarm.com
Milk available: Year-round
Grazing and Feeding Management: Grass-fed with supplemental grain in winter Herd Health: No BST, No Antibiotics

Paskamansett Farms
Tom Coutu
742 Tucker Rd.
Dartmouth, MA, 02747
508-990-7859
www.paskamansettfarms.com
bill@paskamansettfarms.com
Milk available: Year round
Grazing and feeding management: Mostly grass with occasional grain Herd health: No BST, No Antibiotics

Note: If there is no dairy listed above that is near you please contact us for information about what you can do in your region to help make safely-produced raw milk available.

The NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network

If you are a consumer or dairy producer wanting to be part of The Raw Milk Network to help make safely-produced raw milk available throughout Massachusetts, contact Winton Pitcoff, Raw Milk Network Coordinator, at winton@nofamass.org, or at 413-634-5728.

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