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

Grass-fed Dairy

In 2019, our goal is to work to become a grass-fed dairy.  The text below comes from an old USDA farmer bulletin and summarizes our plan: “It is impossible to secure a full flow of milk from a cow which does not have fresh and succulent food from fresh pastures, soiling crops, root crops or … Read more

Keep Raw Milk Legal in NC

  Dear Sen. Johnson and Rep. Brody, In 2018, we rejoiced to learn that herd shares were made legal in North Carolina. This is a great blessing to farms and families and necessary for the sustainability of small farms. The availability of fresh, unpasteurized milk at local farms brings many benefits to families and is … Read more

Thinking Differently About Time

On the farm, the plants and animals live by the light of the day.  We, however, live by artificial times on clocks and watches.  This creates, in my opinion, a number of problems.  I’d like to recommend a different way of thinking about time. The two principal times of the day are sunrise and sunset.  … Read more

Prohibiting Dairy Shares in NC?

Dear friends, We’ve been asked a few times about news that the state is seeking to make dairy shares illegal again. This refers to House Bill H385, and Senate Bill S509, which can be followed here: https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2019/h385 https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2019/S509 That a bill is proposed by members of the House of Representatives or Senate in NC is … Read more

Calf Care

When a calf is born on Michael Family Farm, it is separated from its mother. Yes, this may sound “mean”, but animals are not human beings and their health is not promoted when left to themselves.First, when a cow gives birth, her milk bag swells and becomes sore to touch. Sometimes, when a newborn calf … Read more

We Don’t Want What’s “Natural”

Modern health food marketing is all about what’s “Natural”.  However, what is presented to us as natural isn’t, in fact, natural at all.  Beautiful fruits, lush greens, delicious dairy products, gardens full of vegetables, and so on, are not natural at all. If left to herself, Nature would produce thorns and thistles, fields full of … Read more

Organic Plants

Don’t waste your money buying poor quality plants for your garden from Lowe’s or other stores when you can buy high quality plants from Michael Family Farm.  We are happy to help as distributors for our neighbors at Windcrest Farm Organics (where our daughter Elizabeth works) and make their beautiful, healthy plants available to customers … Read more

Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding

A delicious and easy to prepare chocolate pudding.  From “The Best of Amish Cooking” by Phyllis Pellman Good. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Servings:  4 INGREDIENTS 3 Tbsp. cornstarch ½ cup sugar ½ tsp salt 3 Tbsp. cocoa 2 cups milk 1 tsp. vanilla INSTRUCTIONS Mix dry ingredients well.  In a saucepan … Read more