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Today I got a lucky entrance into the 11th annual
celebrating the diversity of farming & traditonal cooking methods…encouraging people to steer business & resources to farms, small food businesses & non-profit organizations working on food security & wellness.
Basquiat ‘Dark Milk’ ’86
After a few moments of checkin’ out the various booths, I stumbled upon a group of Amish Country farmers who offered me a jar of raw milk to take home and try for myself.
Their company The Family Cow, of Chambersburg, PA, focuses primarily of 100% organic, raw milk & other immunity boosting, cell nourishing, gut- healing foods. Each cow is “grass-fed, non-GMO ( I recently watched this Vice program about GMOs), soy -free, real & unprocessed just like G-d made them. Yes, food this pure & healing should be everyone’s right. Yet for many, it’s only a dream. But no worries! We will make your dreams come true!”
OK, so this sounded totally awesome to me. I have often daydreamed of what it would be like, if even in a city setting, somehow, folks could go down to their corner store and milk their own local cow.
The farmers of The Family Cow, who follow environmentally sustainable farming practices don’t use synthetic pesticides, herbacides or chemical fertilizers. The cows don’t get synthetic hormones or antibiotics. They graze the grases freely and are happy animals.
So, if you drink the milk of a happy cow that happy energy will most likely translate to the one who consumes it…unlike the milk of a cow treated cruelly and pumped full of chemicals.
Raw Milk means that it has not been processed. It goes beyond being organic, to being something a whole food that includes natural enzymes & immunity building probiotic bacterias.
I must say, it does taste better, creamier and sweeter than most store-bought milk and it contains more minerals, protein & vitamins.
Traditional cultures have eaten raw & cultured milk ( including cow, sheep, goat, camel, yak, buffalo & reindeer) for centuries. In ancient Egypt, milk and other dairy products were reserved for royalty, priests and the very wealthy. The Egyptians held the cow sacred and dedicated her to Isis: the goddess of agriculture; but more than that, the cow was a goddess in her own right, named Hathor: who guarded the fertility of the land.
Hathor as a cow
In Neolithic Britian by farmers may have been among the first to begin milking cattle for human consumption.
Hathor as a gal
Ancient Sumerians drank cow’s milk and also made cow’s milk into cheeses and butters. In India, the Vedas (the religious epics of the Hindu religion) made the cow a sacred animal. In the bible, a ‘land which floweth with milk and honey’ is mentioned some twenty-plus times.