We started drinking raw milk over a year ago and just love its taste, especially when turned into homemade yogurt. It’s good for so many things aside from deliciousness, most especially gut health. You know the gut is connected to the brain and Lord knows our brains need all the help they can get!
So we’ve been driving from Syracuse out to Greyrock Farm about once a month to pick up four gallons of milk at a time, almost all of it destined for yogurt, which lasts for weeks and weeks in the fridge. Greyrock is a farm where animals instead of machines do the work and where the cows are grass fed. They also have a CSA and you can buy vegetables and other products on Fridays.
However, due to our infrequent need for lots of milk all at once (saves on gas!), it’s not always available, especially in the winter when the cows aren’t giving as much. So I did a little research and discovered to my great delight another farm, Ju-Vindale Holsteins. It’s on the other side of Cazenovia and really close to Critz Farms, producers of maple products, cider, wine, pumpkins, apples and much more.
When we got there this morning, both Juliet and Vincent Wagner greeted us and showed us around. We got quite an education and they answered all our questions. It’s incredibly clean there. As Vincent rightly pointed out, the smell of the farm will get into the milk (go on out there to hear the technical reasons!) but since they use wood shavings instead of straw and keep everything very clean, the cow barn barely smells at all. The proof is in the taste of the milk: very, very clean and bright.
The best part of our visit was being the first people aside from Juliet and Vincent to greet their newborn heifer! She was only about an hour old when we arrived and was being conscientiously licked by her mother. They were particularly happy because this cow has borne five calves but the first four were bulls. A girl at last!
To learn more about Ju-Vindale Holsteins farm and Greyrock farm, see this excellent article from the Cazenovia Republican, from which I quote:
Ju-Vindale Holsteins, located at 2074 Ballina Road, Cazenovia, is open daily until 7 p.m. They sell their milk for $2 per half gallon and $4 per gallon. The milk is in refrigerator in the main barn.
Greyrock Farm, located at 6100 East Lake Road, Cazenovia, is open from 2 to 6 p.m. every Friday to sell milk, eggs and produce.