Making Butter

Our fresh Jersey cows’ milk is perfect for butter-making, and all you need is a couple of one quart mason jars and some muscle to enjoy home-made butter whenever you need it. When you bring home a jar of our fresh milk, there will be several cups of cream at the top of the jar.  … Read more

Feeding Calves

When our cows give birth, we make sure the baby gets cleaned up quickly.  We keep an eye on the baby to make sure that the mother is taking care of her and watch until we see her successfully nursing on her mother.  We leave the calf with the mother the first day to drink … Read more

Don’t Drink the Cream

When thinking about drinking fresh milk, most people imagine shaking up the jar and drinking away, but with fresh Jersey milk, this is wasteful. There is simply too much cream in Jersey milk to do this.  Our milk normally has around 3 cups of cream in every half-gallon jar, meaning that if you drink a … Read more

Cold Weather Gardens

In North Carolina, fresh garden produce can be enjoyed year-round.  Spinach, kale, broccoli, collards, cabbage and other vegetables can grow through winter with a little extra care.  Early Spring gardens can begin being planted as early as January. Commercial growers need big, expensive greenhouses for their cold-weather plants, but that’s not necessary for home gardeners.  … Read more

Compost

One of the chief benefits of having a herd of dairy cows is that we have an abundance of manure for the gardens.  My boys are constantly collecting tractor bucket loads of manure and moving it to the compost piles out back.  We maintain these piles throughout the year for the improvement of our garden … Read more

Creamy Jersey Milk

If you watch videos of commercial dairy farms, you will see many terrible things.  God’s creatures are treated like machines with no purpose other than to generate cash profits for their owners.  You will see large, black and white spotted cows in these videos because those cows–Holsteins–produce the greatest quantity of milk–which is all the … Read more

Understanding Dairy Shares

It is illegal to obtain raw milk in North Carolina for human consumption if you do not own the cow the milk comes from. Read that again: IT IS ILLEGAL TO OBTAIN RAW MILK IN NORTH CAROLINA FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION IF YOU DO NOT OWN THE COW THE MILK COMES FROM. It doesn’t matter whether … Read more

MFF Reorganized

Dear friends, This past year, we faced a number of unexpected obstacles in God’s providence that forced us to reorganize our family farm.  Demand for our fresh raw milk exceeded our expectations, but that demand also increased demand for our other farm products–eggs, meat and garden produce–and the labor needed to produce them.  When we … Read more

Keeping Milk Fresh

With summer here, keeping raw milk fresh is always a challenge.  We have made some improvements here on the farm to keep our milk fresher, longer. First, we are getting milk from the cow to the refrigerator quicker than before. Second, we have put a new refrigerator in the room where dairy share owners pick … Read more

Always Fresh, Clean and Cold

In most modern dairies, milk is pumped through pumplines into bulk tanks and stored before it is bottled or pumped into a tanker truck for processing. Our milk is collected in sealed milk cans and moved immediately to our dairy room, where it is filtered twice, bottled and moved to a freezer to chill. Once … Read more