Dear Pet Milk customers,

There is a great book I feel everyone should read Called Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal by Joel Salatin. It is about a small farmer that found out very quickly just exactly how much freedom we don’t have in this country. Below is a letter I received today from our milk farmer. Organic Valley no longer wants small farms to sell milk to customers on the side. Our family will no longer support Organic Valley. Their company says they are “farmer” owned and have all the best interest in helping small farms. However I believe if this were true they wouldn’t have a problem with farmers selling milk on the side. I mean after all it is their cows.

It never fails to amaze me how this could happen when at one time the majority of people in our country raised and produced most of their own food. Where we live use to be a dairy farm, now we are not even allowed to have chickens. There is a little game Papa and I like to  play when we travel called subsidized or not. You can always tell whether a farmer is subsidized by the house they live in.

I educate my children to know that we all do have a voice in this world and here in this little space I have decided to share mine.


Dear Pet Milk customers,
We want to share some information with you .  As of January 1st, Organic Valley (our milk co-op) has determined that they will not allow any of their farmers to sell raw milk.  We know that nearly all of the dairy farmers are selling some raw milk. By the way, the co-op is receiving a lot of flack about this decision, so it may be overturned at some point in the future. A representative from Organic Valley visited our farm in December and said that we will be kicked out of Organic Valley if we continue to sell raw milk, although we can sell a small amount to close friends.  We told them that we consider all of our customers our friends.  Please read this entire email.
We cannot afford to not sell our milk to Organic Valley as there are no other organic routes in our area.  It really boils down to the fact they would rather go to the larger dairies and pick up a larger quantity of milk.   We are one of the 2 remaining dairies in xxxxxxxxx, and there is only one dairy in xxxxxx County.
We told Organic Valley yesterday to give us a couple of weeks for us to let our milk customers that we will not be able to provide raw milk to them.


2 Responses to “Dear Pet Milk customers,”

  1. mamaacorn Says:

    I got this e-mail and anther the same day that informed me that my chicken farmer is throwing in the towel and will not be raising chickens anymore (also due to politics.) Sad day! I think Alex and I will practice some letter writing today.

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