Information About Raw Milk for Consumers

The NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network

Check out our raw milk dairy map below!

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 April 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.

If you are a dairy producer wanting to be part of The Raw Milk Network to help make safely-produced raw milk available throughout Massachusetts, contact our coordinator, Marty Dagoberto at marty@nofamass.org– DO NOT CONTACT US TO FIND OTHER SOURCES OF RAW MILK. The only providers we promote are those listed on this page. Delivery is illegal, please don’t ask.

List of Massachusetts Raw Milk Dairies

We now have a map! Click here to see the map of raw milk dairies across Massachusetts!

Remember: 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.

Please let us know if there are any errors, corrections or updates. Email marty@nofamass.org

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.

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.
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?

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